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What Causes Dry Skin in the Winter?

Skin Care Concerns

What Causes Dry Skin in the Winter? What Causes Dry Skin in the Winter? What Causes Dry Skin in the Winter?

As if the freezing cold temps and super-short days weren’t enough, you might also have dry skin to look forward to in the winter. What a bummer. Seriously, what gives? Well, just like you swap out your summer wardrobe in favor of cozy sweaters and boots when temperatures drop, the same rule should apply to your skin care products as well. What that means: When it begins to get cold outside, it’s important to switch up your daily skin care routine for one that’s more suited to the frigid weather. (For example, you may want to use a no-rinse facial cleanser, ultra-hydrating moisturizer, or even a new face mask to help combat the effects of cool temps on your skin.) To help you better understand how to update your skin care routine, below we share what can cause dry skin in winter and what to do about it.  

Dry Skin in Winter Cause #1: Dry Air and Cold Temperatures

Oftentimes, winter comes along with dry air and colder temperatures—and the lower moisture in the air can lead to dry skin. Not only that, but sitting or sleeping in a room with the heat blasting can also lead to dry skin in winter. What can you do? Invest in a humidifier and place it next to your bed to help counteract these drying effects. (Here’s How Using a Humidifier Can Benefit Your Skin.)

dry skin IN WINTER cause #2: Over-cleansing

Washing your face twice day is a skin care must to help remove dirt, oil, and grime that has built up on the surface of your skin. But cleansing more than twice a day can be too much for your complexion to take, especially in the winter. If you have dry skin in winter, reach for a no-rinse cleansing option that doesn’t require you to harshly rub your skin. Try a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which hydrates and soothes—a skin care must in the winter. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt and oil up and away from your skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face. Heading on vacation this winter? Micellar water is a great travel-friendly skin care product since you don’t have to be near a sink to use it. (Here are 5 Travel Skin Care Hacks to Use on Your Next Vacation.)

dry skin in winter cause #3: SKIPPING MOISTURIZER

Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, normal skin, or something in between—do not, we repeat do not, skip out on applying moisturizer, especially in winter. Your skin needs daily hydration, which is why moisturizer should play a starring role in your skin care routine. Since the air can be drier in winter (and you’re probably spending a lot of time in central heating), you may want to consider changing up your moisturizer. If you have dry skin in winter, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Both of these water-based moisturizers act like a “boost” of water for your skin, delivering long-lasting hydration. They’re formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid for comfortable-feeling skin. Smooth on after cleansing morning and night. (Speaking of hyaluronic acid, these are Our Best Moisturizers Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid.)

dry skin in winter cause #4: TAKING HOT BATHS AND SHOWERS

While soaking in a hot bath can be enjoyable and relaxing (especially when it’s freezing outside!), super-hot water can actually strip your skin of its natural moisture. Ack. So, instead of using piping hot water, opt for lukewarm water or take a shorter bath to help prevent your skin from feeling even drier. And remember to help lock in moisture by applying your moisturizer to damp skin post-shower or bath (this goes for face and body). 

Next up: How to Winter-Proof Your Look.