Cold winds, low temps, and overheated offices are leaving us parched. For tips to help skin through until spring, we went to Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City dermatologist.
Switch to a rich moisturizer in winter. The thicker the cream, the more effectively it will seal in moisture, because creams have a higher concentration of hydrating emollients than lotions.
One to try: Dr. Perricone's Super O-Mega Moisture (sephora.com) is thick and chock-full of chia oil, rich in skin-nourishing omega-3's.
Seal in Moisture
Almond, olive, grapeseed, coconut, and palmarosa are all natural oils that trap water inside the skin. When applied after a bath or shower, they dramatically decrease water loss. Plus, they make skin feel velvety. Try them alone or look for them as key ingredients in creams.
One to try: Dead Sea Essentials Almond Oil Night Cream (deadsea-essentials.com) features natural almond and avocado oils.
Replenish the Skin
For very dry skin that needs a serious moisture boost, look for hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate), which is drawn deep into the epidermis where it keeps skin cells plumped.
One to try: Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer with SPF 15 (olay.com) hydrates skin and helps protect it from winter sun, which can contribute to dryness.
Humidify Your Home
Keep your environment skin-friendly. Place a humidifier in your bedroom (and at your desk at work) and consider adding leafy plants, like ferns, which help maintain air humidity.