Did you know that the skin is the body’s largest organ? Just like your muscles or bones, your skin needs TLC. And what it wants most — especially in the winter months — is plenty of moisture.
Getting rid of dry skin can be difficult and annoying. But with a little know-how and some preventive care, you can protect your skin from the elements and moisturize dry skin all winter long. Here’s how.
How to Moisturize Dry Skin: 3 Tips
1. Be Gentle
Most bar soaps contain chemicals that are harsh on the skin. Repeatedly using these soaps can leave your skin parched. Try switching to a specially formulated soap to give your skin the moisture it needs. Bathing with a gentle body wash or creamy liquid soap, like Olay Sensitive Body Wash, cleans as well as regular soap, yet is as gentle on skin as water.
Although a hot shower is particularly tempting as it gets colder, remember this: The hotter the shower or bath, the worse it is for your skin. Heat strips skin of its natural oils, causing it to dry out faster. Instead, take a warm shower and try to cut down on your overall in-shower time.
2. Exfoliate Often
Exfoliating the skin is key. By removing dead and dry skin cells, your entire body will look healthier and more radiant. The perfect time to exfoliate is before you bathe. Use a natural body brush and, starting from your feet, work all the way up to your neck. In the shower, you can use a bath mitt to gently exfoliate.
Have dry skin on your face? For facial exfoliation, beware of using anything too harsh or gritty as it may irritate more than it helps, especially for those with sensitive skin. Try Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Scrub Cleanser — it gently exfoliates, deep cleans and detoxifies to reveal bright, smooth skin.
3. Moisturize Dry Skin Daily
Dermatologists say that the best time to apply moisturizer is immediately following a bath or shower. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing it, and leave a little water on your skin. Lock in that moisture by applying body lotion, like Olay Quench Daily Lotion, to your still-damp skin.
For rough areas on your hands and feet, generously apply a rich hand or foot cream, and then slip on a pair of gloves or socks to allow the moisturizer to fully saturate the skin. Look for options with alpha or beta hydroxy acids, as they can help remove dead skin cells.
When shopping for facial moisturizers, keep in mind that for normal or oily skin, a water-based product is a good bet. For dry skin, look for oil-based moisturizers. For those with easily irritated skin, look for nongreasy and lightweight products, like Olay Total Effects Feather Weight Moisturizer.