Unless you’ve relocated to Miami this winter like everyone else, the winter weather is the main culprit for your dry skin. While seasonal in nature–dry skin is at its peak during the cold, less humid time of the year–there are other factors that contribute.
Easy on the heat(ers).
Whether blasting the heat in your apartment or snuggling up next to a fireplace in your home (must be nice), these heat emitting mediums all reduce humidity. A reduction in humidity zaps the moisture from the air making your dry skin issue even worse. While we’re not suggesting to go all-natural this winter, be mindful of what the heat is doing to our sensitive skin.
Hot showers are NOT your friend.
According to Healthline, hot water causes damage to the outermost layer of our skin. In turn, the skin is prohibited from absorbing and locking in moisture, which is critical for healthy skin. For those with skin conditions, such as eczema, higher water temperatures can aggravate and irritate the skin. So, what’s the fix? Avoid hot showers and find the right products that work well for your skin and scalp. The best body washes for dry skin tend to have moisturization and hydration properties built into the formulas. For shampoo, look for products that hydrate and strengthen, without stripping the hair’s natural oils.
At Huron, our Body Wash contains both coconut oil and vitamin E, which help to strengthen the skin’s barrier to help prevent moisture loss. And our Shampoo contains glycerin to help bind and balance moisture and panthenol to retain moisture. To battle dry, itchy scalp, the key is to cleanse, soothe and normalize moisture levels. Our Conditioner is fortified with aloe and panthenol to soothe dry scalp, while argan oil and shea butter nourish and moisturize.
Face Moisturizer For the Win.
Staying inside means drier skin. Skin can simply be dehydrated, lacking vital hydration. Dry skin also means your oil glands will overproduce sebum, which attempts to re-add lost moisture to compensate. This heightened level of sebum can clog your pores, and cause breakouts. But, sebum overproduction can be remedied with a lightweight, hydrating face moisturizer. Luckily, we’ve got just the answer. Our Face Lotion is fresh, cooling, and ultra-light, giving your skin a quick drink of hydration and helps seal in moisture that lasts all day.
Booze, coffee, and other forms of caffeine are diuretics and cause dehydration. During the day, focus on drinking plenty of water–about 15.5 cups/day, or 3.7 liters for you mathematicians–which will pay dividends throughout these cold winter months. If you feel even the slightest bit thirsty, you’re dehydrated. So, turn off Zoom and pour yourself a glass of water.
Use a Gentle Exfoliator.
In addition to deep cleaning the pores, exfoliation helps remove the dead skin from the surface. Many guys have experienced the ‘sandpaper-effect’ of most exfoliants. A horrible, abrasive experience that feels more like torture vs. something you paid for. At Huron, we built a gentle yet deep-cleansing daily exfoliating Face Wash to help whisk away dry, flaky skin cells and condition skin. It’s more of an unsung hero of sorts–you don’t see/feel it going to work, but it’s doing just that.
The winter months can be rough. We’re cooped up inside for the most part. And the elements surrounding us aren’t doing any favors. But remember, keep the showers short (and not ‘hot’), the heaters low, and the moisturizer within arms reach.