I’m a big fan of the colder seasons. With grungy-chic sweaters and cute plaid outfits, festive drinks and dishes, I can’t complain – except when it comes to one thing: dry skin.
There’s no denying the discomfort of dry skin. With the wind and heated interiors working against us, the serious lack of moisture during the cold season brings for some unpleasant symptoms. From small cracks in the skin to fighting the urge to scratch the itchy patches, dry skin is a very common condition that is super frustrating when all we want is dewy, glowing skin all year-round.
The good news? I’m going to share my top tips to help treat dry skin and maintain a hydrated, healthy complexion in even the coldest of months. Take a look at some of my simple, yet effective tricks that you can try right at home to crank your skin’s hydration up big time!
Find the right cleanser for you
The cleanser you’re using in your daily skincare routine is very important. Despite how fabulous the quality of the product may be, your cleanser could actually be doing more harm than good if it’s not the right one for your skin. One common example of this is foaming cleansers. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, I’ve found that foaming cleansers can sometimes strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving your face and body feeling very dehydrated – not fun!
If you think your skin is on the drier or more sensitive side, I recommend trying a milk cleanser – a relatively new formula in the skincare world that is very softening and moisturizing. Regardless of what type of skin you have, always try opting for a natural cleanser that is fragrance-free.
Make time for moisturizing
Timing is everything and that is especially true when it comes to applying lotion to your body. The best time to lotion up is immediately after showering when your skin is still damp, as this helps lock in the moisture. And while this is undeniably the optimal time to lather your body up, it’s definitely not the only time. Make sure you apply lotion after shaving, before you go to bed, and while you’re traveling by plane to keep your skin in check throughout the day and night.
A few drops of tea tree oil go a long way
And speaking of moisturizing, essential oil is no stranger to healthy skin. One of my all-time favorites to help with dry skin is tea tree oil. This oil is a skincare miracle worker, with anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe and calm itchy skin. It is gentle enough for all skin types and easy to incorporate into your skincare routine. Simply add a few drops to your usual moisturizer and voila!
The advantages of tea tree oil don’t stop at skin! The tea tree oil benefits for hair are just as impressive, with properties that help nourish roots, combat dandruff, aid hair growth, and more. Use tea tree oil for hair and skin health and reap its powerful benefits in every way possible.
Be generous with the coconut oil
Coconut oil is a long-time friend of the haircare and skincare community. I could go on and on about the different benefits and uses of coconut oil, but I’ll leave it at one for now: applying coconut oil to the skin can do wonders for dry skin.
This all-natural oil is an anti-inflammatory that is chock-full of antioxidants and health-promoting properties. It’s a commonly known remedy for dry skin and eczema, helping to keep the skin hydrated and smooth. Whether you wish to incorporate this oil into your skincare on a daily basis or as an ‘every-now-and-then’ thorough moisturizing session, you can enjoy fabulous results from coconut oil.
Keep calm and moisturize
There you have it: the top tips to relieve dry skin. Experiment with these different remedies to see what works best for your individual skincare needs. Swap your cleanser for a gentler alternative, reap the health benefits of tea tree oil for hair and skin rejuvenation, crank up the moisture with coconut oil. Discover the routine that gives you the best results so that you can say ‘bye bye’ to itchy, flaky red patches and ‘hello’ to radiant, healthy skin.