How To Combat That Cold Winter Dry Skin

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

This cold winter weather is really messing with everybody’s skin. One of the worst things about winter is getting flaky, peeling, makeup-caking, dry skin. Yuck. Cold winter air is so dry because it retains less moisture than dry, warm air! Here are a few tips to combat that dehydrated skin:

Drink water!

You knew this one was coming, right? Hydration starts from within! If you have a hard time getting water into your daily routine, you can:

-Drink tea (I’ve heard spearmint & green tea is great for your skin!),

-Incorporate more water based vegetables or fruit into your diet (cucumber, watermelon, celery etc). I am also loving homemade bone broth. It’s actually so easy to make, it’s amazing for your skin and who doesn’t like a hot cup of broth on a cold day.

-Buy a cute new water bottle that you’ll be excited to use and show off. I find something with a straw makes it easier to drink water throughout the day.

Use a humidifier at night.

Dry air? Well, use a humidifier to add moisture to it- duh. Cool mist humidifiers are recommended as warm mist ones are harder to keep clean (warm, moist air = more bacteria). BONUS- Humidifiers are amazing for congestion when you're sick!

Use products with hydrating properties like Hyaluronic Acid.

Hyaluronic Acid is all the rage right now, and there’s good reasons for it! HA is incredibly hydrating and it’s actually something that our body naturally produces. It’s found in your skin to retain water. I love HA sheet masks, serums, or hydrojelly masks that many of our members offer.

Ps. Did you know that there’s a difference between hydrating and moisturizing ingredients! Here is a link on some more information on the differences.


There are two ways to exfoliate: mechanical and


-Mechanical exfoliation can be done with a scrub. There is a difference between a body scrub and a face scrub! Face scrubs are more gentle for your face- watch out for ingredients like nuts or coffee which can create micro-tears in your skin. You can also use in-shower mitts or a dry brush before you shower- this is for your body, not your face! Dermaplaning is a great mechanical exfoliating treatment to get. It not only removes the peach fuzz from your face, but layers of dead skin as well.

-Chemical exfoliation is achieved through chemical peels and active ingredients in products.

Not only is exfoliation great for dry skin, but it also helps prevent ingrown hairs, acne (breakouts form when dead skin, sebum or bacteria gets clogged in your pores) and it helps that spray tan look flawless.

-Jessica McLean

With Local Beauty