Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
When our skin is dry, itchy, irritated, and red, the logical (and obvious) solution would be to moisturize, right? Right. But not just using any old body lotion.
Dr. Michele Green, dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, explains that there are two kinds of moisturizers that we should be looking out for: One that keeps the skin cells hydrated, such as a formula that includes hyaluronic acid, and a barrier moisturizer, which locks water into your skin’s top layer.
Doyle suggests looking out for barrier moisturizers with ingredients like ceramides, which are lipids that are found in skin cells that act as a natural barrier. When you find them in moisturizers, they help to both protect and replenish the skin.
If your body is particularly dry or itchy, Doyle recommends applying moisturizer up to two or three times daily. And, of course, don’t even attempt to slather on anything with synthetic fragrance. Warm Apple Cinnamon and Cucumber Melon aren’t going to do anything for you, other than irritate the hell out of your skin.
Your face also deserves some extra love during the treachery that is winter, as it’s taking quite a beating every time you venture out into the cold. While you probably won’t want to use the same heavy creams that you’re using on your body on your face, you’ll definitely want to opt for more moisture-rich formulas during the colder months.
First, Wang suggests jumping on the serum bandwagon if you haven’t already, as it’s great for adding extra moisture benefits to your skin-care routine. Second, she encourages you to select a winter moisturizer that’s heavier than your normal one and one that either feeds the skin water or oil hydration. Basically, now is the time to set aside anything light and airy.
Wang also suggests incorporating vitamin C and retinol into your regimen—which speed up cellular regeneration, brighten, and promote collagen production—as you won’t be as exposed to the sun as you would be in the summer. However, they do cause skin sensitivity, so these should still only be applied at night.