I’m one of the few people I know who enjoys cold weather. I’m happiest when it’s chilly and overcast, but I do pay a price for loving wintry weather: dry skin.
Winter always brings bone dry air, and I frequently find myself wanting to stick my whole head into the humidifier to get a bit of relief.
So today, I’m going to share some tips for combating dry winter air I’ve gotten from friends as well as some of the tricks I’ve discovered over the years. Hopefully, this will be the year that we can enjoy cold weather without feeling like our bodies are shriveling up like raisins!
1. Layer Face Mist Under Your Lotion
Whether you’re putting lotion on your face, feet, or hands, applying a generous layer of whatever inexpensive face mist you have nearby can make a huge difference!
A friend actually turned me on to this trick. She has much drier skin than I do, and she mentioned that sealing that extra layer of moisture into her hands helped them to feel actually hydrated rather than just a little bit greasy and moisturized.
If you have any watery toners that you aren’t in love with, decant them into a spray bottle and use them up with this trick! I do this all the time (I’m a sucker for new toners, so I have plenty to choose from), and it really does help my skin feel so much softer and less itchy.
2. Air Dry Your Laundry Near Vents
This is another trick that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own! A different friend was telling me about all of the tricks she’s tried over the years to keep the air in her home from drying out, and she said this works pretty well!
Instead of throwing your clothes in the dryer, try hanging them up to dry around the house, especially in rooms that are used often. The moisture that evaporates from your clothes will stay in the air, and some of it will circulate through the house, too. Plus, your electricity bill will definitely be lower.
3. Strategically Place Your Humidifier
It’s actually not enough to just run the humidifier! Of course, that’s better than nothing, but making a couple of small changes to how you do it can make your house noticeably less dry.
First, it’s best to keep the humidifier off the floor (unless it’s really big). Setting it on a low table lifts it up enough to keep the area around it safely dry, and it helps to disperse the moisture better as well. (Set it on a towel to protect the furniture!)
Second, try to keep the humidifier in a central area. This can be wherever you’re spending most of your time, or it can just be in the middle of the living room.
4. Keep a Personal Humidifier Nearby
If you don’t want to fuss with maintaining a full-sized humidifier, or you’re the only one in the house who wants that extra moisture, you can use a cute little personal humidifier instead. (Like this one! Adorable, right?)
I love how cute and convenient personal humidifiers are. They’re easy to clean and refill, and a lot of them even give you the option to diffuse essential oils in them as well. They can be safely positioned on your desk or nightstand to give your skin and sinuses an extra boost of hydration.
5. Try an In-Shower Moisturizer
I don’t know about you guys, but my body skin gets so sad and itchy the second the air gets dry. I can apply lotion a dozen times in a day and still have itchy spots at the end of the day.
The best thing I ever did was start moisturizing in the shower. I’ve tried several in-shower lotions, and they’re all great, but my favorite thing to do? Coat my whole body in a rich oil while my skin is still wet.
People are often turned off by the idea of putting on body oil because of how greasy it feels and how long it takes to sink in fully. I’ve found that putting oil on soaking-wet skin actually helps with both of those issues, AND it seals in all that extra moisture.
6. Drink More Water
Yes, I know this is cliché, but it really does help. You probably won’t see visibly hydrated skin from upping your water intake, but keeping yourself hydrated will help you feel better. Your mouth will feel less dry, and your sinuses will feel more comfortable.
7. Remember That Vaseline Is Your Friend!
I actually discovered this tip by accident. My nose had gotten so dry that it had begun to crack and bleed a bit on the inside (ugh). I had moisturized with saline spray, but it still felt painful and itchy, so I decided to dab some Vaseline in there because why not?
Turns out, that’s exactly what experts say to do! I don’t do this all the time, but it’s super helpful whenever my sinuses are feeling painfully dry.
You can also put Vaseline safely around your eyes (my eye skin gets really dry in winter), on your cuticles, or on top of any other moisturizers you’re using. It’s a great winter workhorse!
We Can Win This War on Winter Dryness!
I’ve shared some of my favorite tips for combating dry winter air with you guys, so now it’s your turn. Tell me all of your moisturizing secrets in the comments below!