Winter is one such season which not only brings some pleasurable experiences for heart and mind but also brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. Winter brings along a multitude of skin woes with it. You find your skin turning dry, and as though that wasn’t enough, you find it getting flaky and itchy.

SIMPLE TIPS FOR DRY WINTER SKINDon’t let your skin fall victim to the driest of seasons. Here I am with some important and effective tips for dry winter skin:

MOISTURIZE TWICE A DAY

If you don’t already, try a face and body balm. The thicker texture seals moisturizing ingredients into dry, cracked, flaking skin making them adhere for long-term, intense healing.

USE OIL

Coconut oil is one of the common types which will be definitely available at home. These days’ people are keeping olive oil as well as almond oil for multiple purposes. Take any one variety of oil and apply it over your skin and massage it gently before going to bath. Even after a bath, you will see your skin do not become dry. Smoothness and softness stay intact. You can check your skin by using your nail scratch. If it becomes white, it means that your skin is dry or else your skin is moisturized.

DON’T TAKE SUPER HOT SHOWERS

Nothing sounds better than a steaming hot shower on a cold day, but hot water is actually the enemy of dry winter skin. Too much hot water causes increased evaporation of your skin’s natural hydration. Take shower with lukewarm water.

TONE DOWN THE RETINOL

Retinol can cause dryness and irritation, especially combined with already dry weather. If you’re set on using strong ingredients like retinols, apply them every other night or even less frequently.

HUMIDIFY

The heat that keeps you warm in your home is also very dry, and because the windows are closed, it stays trapped inside. Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air. (Investing in a humidifier also clears your sinuses, so it’s a double whammy against dry winter skin.)

DO NOT SKIP THE SUNSCREEN

No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun combined with snow glare can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.