A couple days ago I found myself watching AccentHealth Waiting Room TV at my doctor's office (just in for a routine check-up), and they did an interesting segment on finding relief for dry winter skin, so I took some notes to share with all of you. Might as well make the most out of a boring situation, right?
Neutrogena's Extra Gentle Cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and moist, rather than tight and dry.
First, the common causes of dry skin:
- Exposure to hot or cold dry air
- Heating and/or air conditioning
- Long, hot showers
- Improper use of moisturizers
Simple tips for dry skin relief:
Jergens Natural Glow facial moisturizer glides on smooth and gradually gives skin a touch of non-streaky color, much like a light coat of foundation.
- Apply moisturizer to damp skin, right after you shower.
- Avoid antibacterial or deodorant soap
- Drinking water, while vital for good health, does not relieve dry skin.
- Use a mild cleanser applied gently with the pads of your fingers. Splash skin to rinse and pat dry. I use Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser in the winter because it's non-comedogenic (like Cetaphil), fragrance free, and won't leave a filmy residue on your skin.
- Use an oil-free moisturizer for your face. I've been using Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer and I love it. I bought it back in August for our summer vacay to Quebec and have been using it ever since. I use it in addition to the Kiss My Face Olive/Aloe Natural Moisturizer that I wrote about here.
- Wear sunscreen daily. The Jergens moisturizer contains SPF protection, so I'm covered.
How do YOU cope with dry winter skin?