How to Combat Winter Dry Skin Like a Pro

As the wind gets colder and the air gets dryer, our skin can take a major beating! For some, it can feel like a losing battle and a constant struggle of redness, irritation, and itchiness from their dry skin.

The good news is, you don’t have to give in. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to deal with dry skin.

As we settle into one of the coldest months of the year (at least for the northern hemisphere), here are our top tips to combatting winter dry skin like a pro.

Change your showering/bathing habits

Are you a daily bather? Are you always looking for the opportunity to hop into a hot tub, warm bubble bath, or scalding shower?

You may be doing your skin more harm, especially in the winter months. Submerging your skin in water can strip moisture from your skin, leading to drier skin during the winter months when moisture in the air is hard to come by. We recommend cutting down on the amount of showers/baths you take throughout the week to the bare minimum to protect your skin.

If you’re someone who also loves a hot shower or bath… we hate to say it, but it might be in your best interest to also lower the temperature a bit. Hot water can be extremely abrasive and harsh on your skin, stripping even more moisture.

So throughout the winter, try to cut down on the bathing and try to cool off the water temperature. Your skin will thank you!

Be proactive with your moisturizer

Protecting your skin’s moisture is very similar to avoiding dehydration. By the time you're thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. The same goes for your skin.

To protect yourself from the terrible itching, burning, and redness that comes from dry skin, try to keep up on your moisturizing as often as possible, even if your skin feels baby smooth and happy.

We recommend applying a natural, organic moisturizer every morning and evening as part of your getting-ready routine to ensure your skin is receiving the right amount of moisture each and every day.

Setting this routine in your life will make a huge difference in how well your skin reacts to the cold winter months.

Up your water intake

As we all know, internal hydration is linked to our external hydration. If our body is lacking water intake, it is going to pull moisture from our skin, hair, and nails.

So do yourself a favour and aim for an intake of about a half gallon of water each day to stay hydrated. This will ensure your skin can retain moisture, preventing cracking, redness, itching, and burning associated with excessive dryness.

Don’t skip out on the mittens, hat, and scarf

When heading out for the day, it can be easy to leave behind the mittens, hat, and scarf. Even if you’re only jumping from your house to the car, every second that your skin is exposed to the cold, crisp air can mean less moisture left behind.

Therefore, no matter how long you plan to be outdoors, we recommend protecting yourself from the elements and always grabbing your hat, mittens and scarf to lock in as much of your skin’s moisture as possible.

Switch to natural, non-irritating products

Dry skin is sensitive skin and using harsh products with dyes or perfumes that can irritate skin will only worsen your dry skin’s symptoms.

If your skin is already red, irritated and dry, we recommend switching over to an unscented, natural and 100% organic body butter that will add extra moisture to your skin and keep it soothed.


Winter can be incredibly tough on our skin’s moisture barrier. Luckily, you don't have to live with dry, red, or itchy skin all winter long.

Combat it from the start and be proactive with your skin’s moisture!

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