Dry Winter Skin? – 7 Easy Tips For Winter Skin Survival

Cure Dry Wintr Skin Now!

Is dry winter skin getting you down?

There’s no mistaking that (in most parts of the northern hemisphere) Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head.  And for the majority of us that leads to parched, dehydrated skin.

Though there are many magical things about this time year that I love – the havoc wreaked upon my skin is certainly not one of them.

Seemingly overnight and despite the use of incredible natural skin care products, even the supplest skin can become as dry as the last golden leaves falling from the barren trees. So annoying ….

The good news is that with a few simple tweaks to your skin care regimen and lifestyle, you can quickly regain your radiant glow well through the holidays and beyond.

Here are my 7 natural skin care secrets that will quickly plump up your dry winter skin:

Bring on the Oil

Dry winter skin needs a whole lot more TLC than its warmer weather counterpart. So this is the time to pull out the heavy artillery. Switch out your lighter cleansers and moisturizers with those high in emollients and oils … yes, I DID say oils …

Please be mindful, however to avoid petroleum based products and those containing mineral oil – which is a petroleum by product. Both are highly comedogenic (pore blocking) and according to some may also be a health risk.

Instead, look for products containing healthy beauty oils such as shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, emu oil and hemp. All of these ingredients are easily absorbed into the skin and will not cause breakouts. These are some of my favorites:

Dr. Alkaitis Nourishing Treatment Oil

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

Pure Emu Oil

Incorporate Moisturizing Mists

One of the simplest and most effective secrets for warding off dry winter skin is to incorporate a moisturizing mist into your beauty arsenal.

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the best method for locking moisture into the skin is to apply your serums, lotions and oils to slightly damp skin. Misting your skin before application will actually help the ingredients in your lotions and serums penetrate better for maximum effectiveness – and your dry winter skin will love you for it!

Misting sprays are also great for setting your makeup and to keep your skin well hydrated when flying.

Here are some great options:

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

John Masters Organics Rose and Aloe Mist

NaPCA Moisture Mist

Exfoliate Frequently

The cold harsh weather of winter and the subsequent dehydration of our skin require a consistent practice of exfoliation that will remove the dead skin cells and promote absorption of the nutrients applied. This is a critical step to ensure that our skin remains properly hydrated.

There are numerous methods of exfoliation available – from scrubs to (non-chemical) peels to personal microdermabrasion. I like to use a combination of all them for a total of 3 times a week. Here are my favorites:

Eminence Organics Yam/Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

Dr. Alkaitis Enzyme Exfoliating Mask

Microderm MD

Try a DIY Dry Winter Skin Mask

When time and resources permit, there is no better way to nourish your dry winter skin than to treat it to a hydrating mask. And in my opinion, some of the most effective hydrating facial treatments can be made in the comfort of your own kitchen. What better way to control the quality of ingredients than to get them from Mother Nature herself? Here are some of my ‘go to’ DIY hydrating masques that I think you’ll love:

Hydrating Facial Mask

Salt Honey Mask

Skin Soothing Mask


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Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

Even the dreariest of winter days require the need for UV protection. Though many people believe that sunscreen is not necessary all year round, the sun’s damaging UV rays do not take a hiatus during the winter months. As such, we all need to protect our skin from their potential consequences – wrinkles, dark spots and even cancer.

To protect your skin in the healthiest way, use an all-natural mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

In my opinion there is one product that stands out like a beacon among its competition. John Masters Natural Mineral Sunscreen is the ‘end all, be all’ of sunscreens. Not only does it give superior protection – it also contains shea butter and olive oil, so it is nourishing as well. I’m completely obsessed with this product and I wear it every day, all year long.

Watch Your Water Consumption

People have a tendency to drink less water in the cold winter months. I have to admit – the thought of downing a glass of cold water is much less appealing than a piping hot latte, cider or cocoa.

Yet even in the polar vortex, it is critical for the health of your skin (and body) to consume adequate amounts of water. No matter how much cream we slather on, our skin will suffer enormously if our bodies are dehydrated.

And with the lack of humidity in the air during the colder months and the harshness of our central heating systems, it’s just as easy to get dehydrated as it is in extreme heat.

Please keep in mind that the type of water consumed is equally (if not more) important than the amount consumed. Filtered, mineralized water is the best choice – the more alkaline the better, as acidic water is not well absorbed by the body and can exacerbate dehydration.

Humidify Your Space

Investing in a good humidifier will be one of your very best defenses against dry winter skin. When the air within your home lacks humidity, any moisture on your skin evaporates – often rendering topical treatments futile.

By infusing the air in your home with moisture, a humidifier will be your skin’s best friend by allowing the serums and cream to maximize their benefits. I like this one from Air Innovations because it is anti microbial and it has a super easy top fill feature – no more lugging the tank to the bathroom to fill it!

Final Thoughts

Just because the weather has turned frightful – that doesn’t mean your skin has to be a winter nightmare. By tweaking your skin care routine a bit, you can transform your dry winter skin and restore your radiant glow.

How do you update your skin care regimen when the temperature plummets? Leave me a comment and let me know how you protect your skin from the harsh winter weather.

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  • Brittany Drummer September 13, 2021, 12:34 pm

    Absolutely LOVED reading this. Thanks for all the tips and links. Can’t wait to try!

    • Natural Skin Care Love September 14, 2021, 9:39 am

      You’re very welcome – I’m glad you found the article helpful! 🙂

  • Vicabiabrand February 5, 2021, 1:55 pm

    Very enlightening. I like it.

  • Poetry in Space October 18, 2020, 3:32 pm

    My skin is very very dry! Great tips

  • Irene September 3, 2020, 9:22 am

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips, especially including sunscreen; I think sometimes we do not realize how much sun damage is a part of the winter months.

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    Wow, very well-written, and super useful info.

  • Jorge Medico July 9, 2020, 9:26 pm

    Good tips!

  • Megan July 9, 2020, 5:39 pm

    My Skin has been so dry lately, This article was so helpful!

  • Kelly Curtis June 29, 2020, 3:07 pm

    Great job! Take care and thank you for following.

  • martinvnicholas June 14, 2020, 12:28 pm

    This was really helpful

  • Clement Kwaku Kumi June 2, 2020, 1:08 pm

    Great info. I am so glad you shared this free stuff. Eating alkaline diet will also help.

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    Even guys–especially guys–need tips on skincare.

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    Appreciated I am looking at using the method

  • Ivana Handojo April 21, 2020, 10:25 pm

    Great, thanks for the information

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    Great info! Many thanks 🙂

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  • EmReise January 23, 2020, 10:47 am

    This was helpful! My co worker always wears suncreen. I might have to try the face masks.

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  • EttaD December 29, 2019, 1:06 pm

    Great tips! Will definitely be trying a few. Thanks for sharing🤗

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  • Maria Matthews June 26, 2019, 11:09 am

    Good write up, I would have loved to try the John Masters Sunscreen.