How to combat dry winter skin



Ready to ditch that dry and dull winter skin?

Last week I told you about a few skincare products I’m loving this winter and today I’ll give you a few tips on caring for dry, winter skin.

There are two things that I think my skin loves the most during cold months: a good scrub (homemade ones are the best) and baby oil- these two are my winter must-haves. Our skin tends to feel a lot dryer during cold weather, and if you love wearing tight, skinny jeans as much as I do, your skin can also get a little flaky and itchy.


Pay attention to the type of body wash you’re using. Often times, they’re full of fragrance which can leave your skin feeling very dry. If your skin gets dry and itchy during winter, look for unscented shower gel/body wash that are suitable for sensitive skin. One of my favorites is Curel Itch Defense Body Wash– it’s unscented, foams nicely and soothes dry skin instantly.



Throughout winter, your skin is “buried” behind layers of clothing. Your skin is continuously producing new cells and dead skin cells can clog your pores and make it difficult for products like body lotions and butters to absorb properly. You can make your own body scrub- using sea salt and olive oil or sugar and coconut oil and use it once a week (or more if needed) in the shower.



If your skin gets dry to the point of being itchy, then I recommend you try something like Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion– it has Aloe, Vitamin E, moisturizes extra dry skin and has a cooling effect that brings instant relief to dry and itchy skin.  During the day, I like using the SkinFix lotion I mentioned here, at nighttime I use oils and dry oils- they work great, especially right after exfoliating your skin. I already talked about c.Booth Nourishing Dry Oil Mist in this post– it’s a dry oil mist that can be used both on your body and face. I love using it right after shower, when my skin is still slightly wet.  If you want to go natural, you can also use coconut oil- I’d just avoid using it on your face if you’re acne-prone. If you like taking baths, put a few drops of body oil in your bath- it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, baby oil will do.


Hot shower and/or bath feel amazing during cold weather, but keep in mind that the hotter the water, the dryer the skin. I like my showers really, really hot, but during winter I make sure that the water is lukewarm, rather than scolding hot. If you can’t resist a hot shower, at least keep it short. Same thing goes for your bath.

A few other things to remember: make sure that you hydrate and that your diet is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

How do you care for your skin in winter?


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    jenna cantillion
    February 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    My skin is always so dry so I’m definitely going to check these out

    jenna Beauty And The Style

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    Cheryl Woodman
    February 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Have you tried a shower cream or oil? One of my best skincare tips [especially for winter] is to steer well clear of anything with SLS [sodium lauryl sulphate] in the bottle. It eats away at your skins natural oils, it’s pretty darn good at it, so it can leave your skin feeling super dry and a bit vunrable… I have some products recco’s here [] if your interested :D

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    By NATJA
    February 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

    My rutine is a lot like yours. But I try to end showers with cold water. It increases the blodflow to the skin, which is good for dry skin.
    Further I use an organic rosehip Oil from trilogy.
    I just wrote a post about the Oil and one with 6 tips to avoid dry lips ?
    ? Natja from

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      Paula @
      February 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      I do that too! Especially when I wash my hair- whenever I use cold water to rinse out my conditioner, it feels so smooth and glossy :)

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    Hannah McDonnell
    February 5, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I completely agree about being careful about the ingredients in your products! They can be so drying to the skin, when the whole purpose is to moisturize!

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      Paula @
      February 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Exactly! I’m ok with a little scent when it comes to body care products, but I can’t stand it when face creams and serums are overly scented.

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    February 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Dry skin is my nemesis in the winter! The hardest thing for me is avoiding the super hot baths – the temptation is too strong! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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    Samantha Frances
    February 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I suffer with dry skin so bad in the winter! I love these tips, especially the one about hot water, I did not know that! :) xxx

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    Gabrielle RoseBonniee
    February 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Nice tips and “tricks” (: ♡

    ♡ Bed Head Colour Goddess ♡

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    Caked To The Nines
    February 6, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I love making my own exfoliator too :) I used to own the Avene Thermal Spring Water spray in the top picture and you just reminded me I need to get more. I took it to a music festival in the summer since it keeps my skin cool and hydrated, but they confiscated it because it’s an aerosol spray lol
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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      Paula @
      February 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Oh man that sucks haha! I do love using it in the summer too or whenever my skin feels dry or tight.

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    The Sunday Mode
    February 6, 2016 at 1:52 am

    I should really turn down the heat for my showers but I’m the same as you, I like them really (really!) hot. I tend to always be cold so to me a hot shower is pretty much heaven. Hadn’t really thought to check my body wash but now I will, I think the one I’m currently using might be drying out my skin actually…

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    Becky Hines
    February 6, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I really need to try these products. Dry skin in the winter is my biggest issue, and it effects so much. It can be so difficult to find products that actually work, but these products sound like they would actually help. Great post!

    Becky, xx //

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    Allena Mistral
    February 25, 2016 at 8:22 am

    OOOO I had no idea that curel made a body wash! I love their itch defense lotion, so I’m going to have to go hunt that down! Thanks for the tips!

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