How to Take Care of Dry Skin in Winter

As the colder months draw in, many people experience an increase in dry skin. Learn how to avoid and care for dry skin in winter.

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Causes of Dry Skin in Winter

Dry skin occurs due to a loss of moisture from our skin and can be caused by a number of reasons that include: excessive washing, harsh chemicals or soaps, aging and medical conditions. Dry skin in the winter is brought on particularly by:

  • Colder weather: the colder temperatures we experience in winter months can cause skin to dry out.
  • Lower humidity levels: as a general rule, the drier the air, the drier the skin. This is because dry air sucks moisture from the skin.
  • Longer and hotter showers or baths: although these feel super nice and relaxing during the winter, hot water can irritate the skin and strip it of its natural oils.
  • Not staying hydrated: during the winter we don’t feel the need for refreshment as much as we do in summer which can mean we drink less water. Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration of the whole body, including our skin.
  • Dry indoor heating: because of the weather, we spend more time indoors during winter. However, the indoor heating that keeps us warm also dries out our skin as it lowers the humidity.
  • Clothing: warm clothing we wear in winter that is made of fabrics such as wool can irritate and dry out skin.
  • Not using a moisturiser: using a topical cream nourishes skin and replenishes lost moisture, keeping it hydrated. Not using a moisturiser in winter, when our skin faces challenging conditions, can leave it feeling dry.

How to Avoid Dry Skin in Winter

Now we’ve covered the most common causes of dry skin in winter, we need to know the solutions. It’s not always possible to avoid the causes; so here are a few of the best ways on how to avoid dry skin in winter:

1. Limit the time and temperature of your showers: if your skin is drying out due to having hot and long showers, adapt your shower routine slightly to shower with lukewarm water. Only spend 5-10 minutes soaking and use gentler shower products that contain more natural ingredients for skin. Limiting your showers to once a day can also help to relieve dry skin in winter.

2. Treat skin gently: when you get out of the shower or bath, avoid vigorously rubbing yourself dry with your towel. This can irritate your skin, so instead, gently pat your body dry. This also applies to the rest of your skincare routine: avoid harsh scrubbing during cleansing or using rough washcloths and brushes; then make sure to apply your moisturiser using a gentle massaging action.

3. Use a humidifier: by raising the indoor humidity this can help to take care of your dry skin in winter. Placing a humidifier, set to around 60%, in the room where you spend most of your time, will raise the amount of moisture in the air and therefore help your skin to retain its moisture.


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4. Use the best winter moisturiser for dry skin: whilst your skin is losing its moisture due to environmental factors, you need to make sure you are replacing this with a topical moisturiser formulated to help dry skin. A natural moisturiser that contains nourishing fermented ingredients will be the best winter moisturiser for dry skin as it will help skin to remain hydrated whilst providing additional antioxidants for skin.

5. Use gentler cleansers that are free from soap: harsh chemicals in soaps can strip skin of its moisture and natural oils, causing it to dry out even more. Our Florena Cleansing Bar contains 100% ingredients of natural origin and is soap free to gently cleanse your face in depth, without drying it out.

6. Drink more water: to avoid dry skin in winter, you should be aiming to drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day, but anywhere up to 4 litres is optimal. 


7. Avoid itching your dry skin: winter itch is quite common, but giving into it will only cause more damage. To take care of dry skin in winter use a moisturiser to control the itchiness, or even a cold pack or compress for itchier areas.

8. Shave with care: when shaving make sure you are applying an appropriate shaving product to ease the process and avoid irritation. Leave it on for a couple of minutes to soften hairs before starting.

9. Wear the right clothing: wear clothes made of softer fabrics next to your skin, such as cotton or silk. Also by adding a thin layer between your skin and a jumper, it can help relieve irritation and dryness.

10. Look to your laundry: fragranced detergents and fabric softeners can aggravate dry skin in winter, so try to avoid these.

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Best Winter Moisturiser for Dry Skin

Florena 24h Hydrating Day Cream provides long lasting hydration, locking moisture into the skin and eradicating any dryness to leave your skin feeling soft and supple. The lightweight formula contains 99.47% ingredients of natural origin, including fermented olive oil and fermented camellia sinensis, to be intensely nourishing and hydrating for skin. Apply day cream to your face each morning after cleansing by massaging gently into your skin.

A good pick for the best winter moisturiser for dry skin to use as your night cream is the Florena Nourishing Night Cream; which contains 99.47% ingredients of natural origin, including fermented camellia sinensis. Our night cream will help to keep skin moisturised throughout the night in low humidity bedrooms, so you can awake to soft and replenished skin.

To create a customised winter moisturiser for dry skin, add in 1 or 2 drops of one of our natural facial oils. Florena Illuminating Facial Oil will help to give skin a glow boost, whereas Florena Regenerating Facial Oil will help to boost rejuvenation.

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