There’s a balance between the humidity in the air and the outer layers of your skin. The drier the surrounding air is the drier your skin becomes. This is why many of us experience dry skin during winter. When your skin is dry it looses essential fatty acids and ceramides that “glue” your skin cells together, and your skin becomes flaky. Central heating only adds to the dehydration. Also “winter-fabrics”, such as wool, can irritate the skin and makes matters even worse.
So what can you do about it?
This goes without saying. A couple of things to think about though are to apply your moisturizer just after cleansing, while your skin is still damp. Make sure that your moisturizer contains both oils and natural moisturizing factors (NMF) such as glycerin. You need both to keep your skin glowing. Our base cream contains a blend of rosehip, thistle and crambe seed oil as well as glycerin just for that reason.
2. Gentle exfoliation
Use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. When you skin is dry it takes longer for it to self-rejuvenate and this leads to a viscous cycle of even flakier and drier skin. Exfoliation will help your skin regenerate and break the cycle. Note that this needs to be GENTLE, you only want to remove the dead skin cells not damage the underlying skin.
3. Avoid hot water
Hot water will strip out valuable lipids (i.e. the “glue”) from your skin as mentioned above. So wash you face with luke warm water and avoid long hot baths. If you cannot resist the temptation of the tub put some jojoba oil or coconut oil in your bath as mitigation.
4. Oil face massage
Massage your face with oil before going to bed and let it work on your skin over night. I find peach oil and jojoba oil effective and non greasy. If my skin is very dry I use coconut butter.