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How to prevent dry skin in winter?

Updated on February 20, 2016

Dry skin occurs when your skin loses moisture. Winter season is when your skin can become dry and develop cracks. It can lose elasticity due to loss of moisture and become tightly stretched and can also develop redness due to the cold weather.

Taking proper care of your skin during winter will help to keep your skin moisturized and prevent damage to your skin due to the cold weather.

What causes dry skin in winter?

Winter is one of the reasons for dry skin. In winter the air is very dry and the humidity is low. When the skin is exposed to cold air, the moisture from the skin is absorbed by the surrounding air, leaving your skin dry. To put it in simple terms “the air sucks away moisture from your skin”.

Here are things that you can do to prevent dry skin during winter -

Take short baths

Take short baths. When you take a long time to have your bath, the water washes away the natural oils on your skin. Take a quick shower.

Do not bathe in hot water. Hot water tends to dry out your skin by stripping off the natural oils present on your skin.

Choose a mild soap or a shower gel. Harsh soaps can irritate your skin and make the skin dry.

Apply a moisturizer

After taking a bath or after washing your face pat your skin dry. Use a soft towel to dry yourself. Do not rub down vigorously as this can lead to rupture of the outermost layer of skin cells.

Apply a moisturizer to retain moisture in your skin. Choose a moisturizer that has ingredients that will help to lock the moisture in your skin. Use a lip balm for your lips to prevent dryness and cracking of your lips.

Take care of your heels by applying petroleum jelly or a foot care cream to prevent cracks due to dryness,

Choose makeup that suits your skin

Choose makeup which is most suitable for your skin. Always do a patch test before applying any new makeup product on your skin.

Using makeup products that do not agree with your skin, will worsen a dry skin condition during winter.

What to look for when buying a moisturizer for your skin

Good moisturizers contain any one or more of the following ingredients in different compositions and combinations:

§ Occlusives – They form a barrier on the skin and prevent water loss when exposed to cold air.

For example - dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin and lanolin.

§ Humectants - They attract water into the skin cells keeping the skin hydrated.

For example – glycerine, sorbitol, sodium hyaluronate, urea, sugars, glycol, propylene etc.,

§ Emollients – They fill the space in between the rough or peeling skin cells and smoothen the skin.

For example – Lanolin, mineral oil and petroltum.

If you want to go the organic way then there are many options to choose from – organic Shea butter, organic Cocoa butter, organic Murumuru butter and Virgin coconut oil etc.

During winter dress to protect your skin from the cold weather conditions. Use a humidifier in your room to keep your skin from drying out, especially if you are using a room heater.

Taking proper care of your skin during the winter helps to prevent the occurrence of dry skin.


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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      tillsontitan thank you, it is very important to take care of our skin. Thank you for the many votes.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This is definitely an evergreen hub that can cycle round year after year. Especially in the northeast we need to be reminded, sometimes, to take care of our skin during the winter months.

      Good advice and helpful tips.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      vocalcoach water does wonders for skin, take care. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have very dry skin even after using good moisturizer. My doctor advised me to drink lots and lots of water. I eventually noticed a big difference in my skin. Thanks for this very good article. Most helpful!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      rebeccamealey thank you for reading. Omega-3 rich foods are great. Thank you for the vote up and share.

      DDE thank you for stopping by. Olive oil is great for the skin.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to prevent dry skin in winter is most helpful and advisable. You have created an informative, and a useful hub. So often I experience dry skin and use olive oil to ease the dryness.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the lotion tips for dry skin, and reminding us to stay hydrated by drinking water. i never thought about omega 3-rich foods being good for the skin. Voted up and useful! Sharing with my followers.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Daisy Mariposa, thank you. In Dubai dry skin is a major problem because of the heat and the air conditioning.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      It doesn't get vey cold where I live, but dry skin is still a problem. Thanks for publishing this very informative article.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      vespawolf am happy you found my hub informative. Thank you for your appreciaiton and votes.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great hub and very informative. I love the information on how to choose moisturizers. I certainly believe in Vaseline for dry heels. Voted up and everything across the board except funny!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      ntabi there is nothing to be embarassed, apply moisturizer and take care. If the problem is too serious go to a dermatologist. I hope my hub was helpful to you.

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      ntabi 5 years ago

      hi!i have a problem of a dry skin and this embrass me

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      KoffeeKlatch Gals I always have a problem with dry skin. Thank you for your appreciation and vote.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am lucky I rarely have a problem with dry skin. You have some wonderful tips and advice. Up and useful.

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      Hi Mary, happy you found my hub useful. Will visit the site mentioned.

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      Mary 6 years ago

      Good hub.I found it extremely useful .It is very difficult to keep our skin from dryness during winter.This hub really provided me with some useful information regarding winter skin care.Thanks a lot for sharing this :)


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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      Hi Jackie Lynnley Baby oil is very good for the skin. Take care.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have dry skin but pretty much keep my skin moist. Baby oil after showers I think is quickest and easiest for me. I love Humectants for my hair. Great info, useful and interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      Hi ohsoamberx long baths are very relaxing, am sure glad you apply moisturizing lotion on your skin. Take care.

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      ohsoamberx 6 years ago from Ohio

      I am sadly plagued with dry skin. And I cannot help but take long baths. I love to soak in a bubble bath after a long day. But I do make sure to use extra moisturizing lotion for dry skin. I can for sure relate.