HOW TO STOP DRY SKIN THIS WINTER ❄️ (7 dry skin tips that really work!)

HOW TO STOP DRY SKIN THIS WINTER ❄️ (7 dry skin tips that really work!)


Do you suffer from dry, itchy, flaky skin
every single winter? If so, you’re not alone. In this video, I’m going to share
seven evidence-based tips to reduce that skin dryness – to reduce that itchiness. If
you’re interested, keep watching! Hello Hello! Welcome back to the whole happy
life. I’m Ria. So I get dry skin every single winter and it’s dry, it’s itchy
and flaky, especially on the legs. The face is okay because I moisturize well but the
legs – nothing seems to work. So I decided that this year I would do
the research and I would figure out ways to prevent that dry skin from happening
in the first place. So this video is basically a summary of all the research
that I did. As usual, you can find the references in the description in case
you want to read more. And just wanted to point out I am NOT a dermatologist I am
NOT a skin care expert. I’m just someone who likes to research. So let’s begin.
Tip number one is to change your shower habits and this is by far the hardest
thing to change because in the winter it’s so nice to be under a hot shower. It
just feels amazing but that is so bad for your skin. Most dermatologists do not
recommend a long hot shower. It’s probably the worst thing you could do
for dry skin because it just makes it drier. You’re basically stripping away
that body oil that you need to have good healthy skin. So what can you do? The
first thing you can do is reduce the temperature of your water. It doesn’t
need to be hot – it needs to be warm so it needs to be comfortable. You don’t want
to be uncomfortable in the shower but not hot, not scalding, not steaming. That’s
not good for your skin. The second thing you could do is to reduce the amount of
time you spend in the shower. Now I tend to spend quite a bit of time in the
shower because I start to think about things and I know a lot of people do
that. They start to daydream. I don’t daydream but I think a lot so that
happens in the shower and before you know it, it’s been 20 minutes in the
shower. 20 minutes in the shower it’s too much in any season, especially in the winter.
So you want to reduce your shower time to under 10 minutes and maybe even 3 or
4 minutes on the days you’re really not that dirty. So try to avoid too much time in
the shower and try to reduce the temperature.
Tip number two is to change your cleansing habits. So obviously cleansing
is important. Maintaining hygiene is important but the type of cleanser you
choose and how you use it can have a really big impact on your skin. Now I’m
not going to provide product recommendations because let’s face it –
what I can find in my country may not be available in yours and what works for my
skin and my budget may not work for yours. So we’re going to leave the product
recommendations out but I am going to provide a few guidelines. So let’s talk
about the cleanser first. So when it comes to a cleanser you want to look for
something that’s not too stripping on the skin. You know that feeling when
your skin is squeaky clean and tight after cleaning? That means your skin’s been
over stripped – a lot of the natural body oils have been removed and that’s not a
good thing. So avoid cleansers like that. Avoid cleansers that have sulfates.
Sulfates can be very harsh on the skin. Look for something that is mild.. that is
gentle.. perhaps even a milky cleanser. Something that’s formulated for
sensitive skin. A lot of those products tend to work a lot better for dry skin.
So look for something that is not going to irritate your skin. Also look for
something that’s fragrance free. The American Dermatology Association
recommends fragrance free. The reason for this is fragrance can be an irritant and
if you’re dealing with dry skin sometimes it is irritated as well so
look for something that’s very simple. The second thing to remember about
cleansing is to avoid over cleansing. This goes for your face, your hands and
your body. I think the routine that we have in the
summer is not necessarily the best routine in the winter. So in the summer we’re
sweaty, we’re dirty, we tend to get stinky faster -we need to clean more. In the
winter, you don’t need to so avoid over cleansing. In the book BEYOND SOAP, the
author (who is a dermatologist) actually recommended not cleaning your entire
body from top to bottom every single day with soap or with a body wash. It’s
unnecessary. Which kind of makes sense. Your arms and legs aren’t getting dirty
in the winter. You’re not rolling around in mud. So avoid cleaning too much. Just keep it
to a minimum. Keep it to what you need to and don’t over cleanse. Tip number three
is to apply moisturizer right after you wash your face, your hands or
your body. I used to apply moisturizer to dry skin and I think that’s how a lot of
people do it but it’s actually not as effective as applying moisturizer on
damp skin. When your skin is damp and then you put moisturizer on top of it
it’s actually going to lock in some of that surface moisture so your skin will
look plumper and healthier and I do find it’s a lot more effective. So that’s
something I’ve started to do whether I’m applying moisturizer to my face, my hands
or my body. So make sure it’s on damp skin and hopefully that will help with
some of that dryness and it’s also a tip that the American Dermatology
Association recommends as well. Tip number four is to use a thicker cream
instead of a lotion. Now I like lotions because they’re easy to apply, they come
in a pump bottle… they’re convenient… they’re not greasy. So I used to use a
lotion all throughout winter. I used to buy a thicker lotion but here’s the
thing. A lot of lotions have quite a bit of water and they don’t have enough of
the occlusive ingredients. Basically the ingredients that are going to keep your skin
protected from the elements. It’s going to reduce the amount of moisture you’re
losing from the skin. So you want to look for products that are thicker.. that have
more occlusive ingredients such as shea butter or cocoa butter and just look for
something that’s in a tub. Usually the items that are in a tub are thick enough
for the winter. Lotions – use them in the summer – they’re just usually not that
great for the winter and also look for something that’s fragrance free. This is
also something the American Association of Dermatology recommends.
The reason for this is that fragrance is honestly not beneficial in skin care. It
doesn’t do anything for your skin. It makes the product more appealing to use
but it can be a potential irritant so just avoid the fragrance if you are
dealing with dry, irritated skin and I personally started avoiding fragrance
because of other reasons. My cats don’t like it if I use a fragranced body butter
because you know a lot of them are heavily fragranced. My cats run away from
me. They really don’t like it so I have to use fragrance-free hand lotions,
fragrance-free body lotions… otherwise they won’t get near me! So that’s my
reason for using fragrance-free. But it’s also better for your skin.
Five is to protect your hands- wear gloves. So if you’re going outdoors it is
always a good idea to take your gloves with you. A lot of us do but sometimes
you forget and if you’re not wearing your gloves, your hands can get very dry.
I go for outdoor walks and the days I don’t take my gloves, my hands pay for it.
So definitely remember to take your gloves and apply moisturizer before you
put your gloves on – even better. So try to do that. The other thing to remember is
when you’re cleaning try to wear gloves. A lot of times when we’re cleaning
around the house we’re coming into contact with things that can dry our
hands out. In the summer, it might not be a big thing but in the winter when
things are already dry, it’s so much easier to get dry hands. So let’s say
you’re cleaning your dishes. The detergent that you’re using is designed to clean
grease off of dirty dishes. It’s actually pretty harsh – that can dry out your skin.
And also hot water – remember we talked about in tip one. Hot water not a good
thing for dry skin, so try to avoid washing dishes by hand. Try to avoid
cleaning by hand. Use your gloves. Tip number six – don’t overheat your home. Now
obviously you have to heat your home in the winter because you want to be
comfortable but there’s a difference between a comfortable temperature and
overheating. When you overheat your home the air in your home that’s already dry
becomes warm, dry air and that warm, dry air can make your skin feel drier. It can
make your nostrils feel drier. I used to overheat my place, I’m not proud of it
but honestly it made my nose so dry and my skin so dry and even my younger cat..
his tail started to flake. So no overheating. Heat your home as much as
you need to. Wear more clothes but just try to avoid overheating your home. Tip
number seven is to use a humidifier. This is actually something that I’ve talked
about in a previous video and I do find that using a humidifier makes a big
difference when I remember to use it. Now if you’ve never used a humidifier before
there are so many different options and it can be daunting to pick a humidifier.
So I have a few links in the description. Check those out. I use a cool mist
humidifier and I find it really effective but it can get moldy so you
have to keep it really clean but it is an effective way to make the air
less dry. Now we have a bonus tip! I know I said seven tips but we have
eight in this video and the bonus tip is about lip balm. Now the lips can get very
dry in the winter.. that’s because our lips don’t produce any oil and they’re
very exposed to the elements, so they do get very dry and a lot of us turn to lip
balm but sometimes that lip balm makes the problem worse. In the book BEYOND
SOAP, the author who’s a dermatologist, talks about lip balm and she recommends
avoiding the balms that have certain ingredients which can be potentially
irritating. So an example would be something like fragrance. Again we talked
about fragrance. Essential oils.. some of them can be quite irritating to the skin.
Cinnamon, menthol these kinds of things are very very common in lip balm and
that might be the reason why your lip balm is irritating you. It’s making your
skin dry and chapped. So try to avoid those kind of lip balms. So look for
something that has very simple ingredients that is not going to
irritate your skin. Anyway I hope you enjoyed this video and you found it
informative. If you did, you know what to do. Give it a thumbs up and please don’t
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the next video which will be a digital detox challenge to do before 2020 hits.
If you’re interested, stay tuned and I will see you next week.
Bye.

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