Winter is the time where most people will experience dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. This is because of the colder temperatures (for many, freezing temperatures) and change in humidity. These factors cause the skin to loose hydration quicker leaving them dry, flaky and painful. Here are our tips on how to help keep your skin soft & smooth this season.
The first tip is a universal tip that almost every skin care expert and enthusiast will tell you. Use a moisturizer at least twice a day. You can use as often as you feel that your skin needs it. For some, two time will be the perfect amount. For others, a few extra times throughout the day can help keep their skin soft. When picking a moisturizer, determine if you need a light one (water-based) or a heavier one if your skin tends to get dry quickly (an oil-based moisturizer).
Before you moisturize once a week, use a gentle exfoliate on the areas that are dry and flaky. The dry and flaky skin cells are dead skin cells that need to be removed from your body. The dead skin cells on top typically block the living cells below from absorbing the moisturizer which slows down your body's ability to have soft looking skin. So once a week use a gentle exfoliator (can mix Hydrating Cleansing Gel with some sugar), wash off then apply your moisturizer.
If your feet or hands are extra dry, try the old cotton trick. Apply moisturizer onto your feet or hands, but don’t rub in all the way. Put on your cotton socks or gloves and leave them on overnight. The next morning you can wash your hands/feet to rinse off any residue that might have been left behind.
If you can afford it, treating yourself to a pedicure about once a month can be very beneficial. Not only, is it a great way to relax and make your toes beautiful with the new trendy nail colors, it is a great way to keep the skin on your feet looking and feeling great. Most pedicure places exfoliate and moisturize your feet. While you can do this at home, going to a pedicure place is a low effort activity.
So in recap, remember these: moisturize daily, exfoliate with gentle scrub once a week, use cotton gloves overnight and go get a pedicure if you are able to!