I’ve had dry skin my whole life and during the winter it gets a lot worse. In fact, this winter has been particularly bad, which is why I’ve been on a mission to do everything I can to fix it! I’ve always envied people who have naturally moisturized skin. I know how uncomfortable, unsightly, and just plain annoying dry skin is!
Whether you’ve been dealing with dry skin, eczema, or any other kind of irritated skin this winter, keep reading because I’ve got all the tips you need to ease the dryness!
Natural Remedies for Dry Skin
The most obvious point comes first – moisturize! Surely if you have dry skin you’ve got a bottle of lotion somewhere in your house, and if not, now is the time. But more important than just any moisturizer is one that is non-toxic and free of chemical irritants like perfumes, parabens and alcohols. Check out www.ewg.org/skindeep to look up which ingredients are safe.
You can learn more about my natural skincare routine here.
There’s something about the wintertime that makes it easier to forget to stay hydrated, but even though it’s not hot and sunny outside, we still need to hydrate – especially for dry skin!
Dry skin can no doubt be due to a number of environmental factors, but dehydration is a big one, too.
Make it a priority to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
I weigh about 105lbs. Divided by 2 is 52.5, so I should be drinking about 52oz, or 1.5L, of water per day!
Dehydration can lead to more than dry skin. It can contribute to fatigue, low energy, and digestive issues like constipation. A recommendation I always make to everyone is to start your morning with a big glass of cool, filtered water. Check out my blog post on the Health Benefits of Lemon Water.
Eat Your Fats
Fat is critical to the moisture of our skin and the overall integrity of our tissues and cells. Our cell membranes are largely made up of fat, so it’s no wonder we need to be consuming adequate amounts of it each day.
Omega-3 fats are especially important as they provide anti-inflammatory support, an additional bonus for dry, cracked, or irritated skin.
Foods to eat for dry skin include:
Coconut oil, coconut milk
Chia, flax and hemp seeds
Grass-fed meats (grass-fed vs. conventionally farmed meats are actually quite different in their omega-3 fatty acid content. Opt for grass-fed as often as possible.)
Fish such as salmon and tuna
For Christmas my brother bought me a humidifier (this exact one actually!) and it’s really made a difference with my skin. Between the frigid air outside and the warm, dry furnace, it takes a huge toll on our skin and a humidifier can make all the difference. I like to leave mine running in my bedroom all through the night.
Avoid Hot Showers
As much as I wanted to exclude this point because I am a huuuge fan of nice hot showers, I had to include it: avoid taking super hot showers.
Hot water against our skin promotes dryness and can exacerbate already dry or irritated skin. Keep your showers warm – but not too hot – and be sure to moisturize after!
Dry Skin Brush + Exfoliate
Have you ever dry skin brushed before? It’s a truly glorious activity. Dry skin brushing is a fabulous way to not only promote detoxification by stimulating lymphatic flow (the system within our body responsible for moving along waste product) but also help remove dry, dead skin cells on the surface of our skin by brushing them off! It only takes a few minutes and it feels very invigorating.
Dry skin brush always on dry skin, and immediately before you shower. Using circular motions, brush toward your heart up your legs, thighs, arms, back, abdomen and down your chest.
Exfoliating can also be helpful in removing dry skin. You don’t need to exfoliate every single day, but once every week or two can be useful, especially if the skin on your face tends to get very dry or flaky.
Do you have dry skin? What’s one thing you do that helps? Share your tips in the comments below and be sure to check out my video: