Curél® reached out to 40 bloggers – myself included! – this year to find out what annoys them during the winter months. Can you take a guess? It’s dry winter skin! And actually, it’s been declared a nuisance all year round. The largest group affected by dry skin lived on the East coast but those living in the Mid-West, South, and West coast also reported in with dry skin issues.
The majority of people have tried between ten and fifty products to solve the on-going problem with dry skin and some have tried more! If you think you’re alone you’re not. Take a look at the results of Curél’s survey: itchy, flaky, and embarrassing dry skin plagues everyone! It is especially bad during the winter months because heaters deplete indoor air of moisture, humidity is low, and outdoor air is cold and windy. Despite the fact that 80% of the people spoken to shared that they use a body moisturizer in their morning routine, dry winter skin remains to be a concern.
Tips For Dry Winter Skin Care
- Use Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
To help retain moisture, the best time to apply a moisturizer is immediately after a shower when your skin is wet, and then gently pat yourself dry. It may feel a little weird at first to put moisturizer on wet skin but this tip is the key to moisturized skin. Trust me on this one. Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer contains ceramides which are naturally present in healthy skin. Ceramides are a type of oily wax that forms a barrier on skin that helps prevent the loss of moisture. As ceramides are lost due to age and environmental factors, skin becomes dry and damaged. Read more about how ceramides affect your skin.
Traditional lotions usually hydrate the surface of your skin. Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer with Advanced Ceramide Complex strengthens the skin’s moisture retaining ability. The Curél® products do not just relieve itching and visible dryness but actually prevent symptoms from recurring as the skin barrier is repaired and strengthened over time. Daily use can make a significant difference in how your skin looks and feels.
- Warm Baths and Showers
Nothing feels better when it’s cold and windy outside than a long, hot, and steamy shower! Not to mention that hot water seems to provide some relief when skin is itchy. It’s not actually helping though. A hot shower will cause your skin to become more dry and damaged. Taking shorter baths and showers with warm water will help your body retain its natural, skin-protecting oils. Mild and gentle soaps without fragrance are best to avoid skin irritation. I love a sweet smelling strawberry soap but during times that your skin is sensitive and dry, to help it heal, unscented mild soap is the best and only use it on areas you really need to.
While you are in the shower, take a second to exfoliate. Using a gentle exfoliating product, several times a week, helps to remove old skin cells. Why would this make a difference? Because removing the dead surface skin cells prepares your skin to better absorb moisturizers, and adding the Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer before toweling off really helps to seal in that moisture!
- Use Sunscreen
When the sun is not blazing overhead, sunscreen is still a critical part of maintaining healthy skin. Not to mention, using sunscreen all year round is one of the best weapons for anti-aging. Consider how your skin can burn in the water. On a cloudy day, snow can reflect the sun’s rays back onto your skin more effectively than water. The lovely tropical scent of many sunscreens is a misnomer that they are for sunny, hot, tropical days. Sunscreen is just as important to use in the winter months to protect your skin. You should use a product that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Whether you feel the sun is damaging your skin or not, it’s guaranteed it is if you aren’t using sunscreen.
With these changes in your skin care routine, you should notice softer and smoother skin.
I gave my father a bottle of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer last year and he has used the product every day since I gave it to him. He’s on his fourth bottle now! He would tell you it’s the best moisturizer he’s ever used. He tells me every third or fourth time I see him! It is also the product I use every night after my youngest son gets out of the bath. It has drastically reduced the need to use prescription creams to soothe eczema out breaks. For me, if I’m itching, it’s not because my skin is dry; It’s because a bug bit more or some other cause. I keep a bottle of this moisturizer in my shower and I use it every day! I’ve found my skin to be noticeably softer, more hydrated and overall, much healthier looking. Have you tried Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer yet?
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