Dry skin remedies
There’s no question that it takes an arsenal of cold-weather cures to get through the slog of Canada’s is-it-ever-going-to-end winters. Head off rough, dry skin with a new seasonal routine of intense pampering that will target skin from head to heel.
According to the experts, one of the best ways to tackle dehydrated skin from the get-go is to put a humidifier in your bedroom during the frigid months. “Once humidity drops below 45 percent, the protective barrier function in our skin becomes compromised and water starts to evaporate from our skin, leading to dryness,” says Dr. Jason Rivers, medical director of Pacific Dermaesthetics and clinical professor of dermatology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
In addition to using a humidifier to help stabilize your skin’s water content, you’ll want to rev up your hydration efforts with heavy-duty formulas. And take a rain check on your usual exfoliation routine, to avoid stripping down already-parched skin and causing irritation, which can lead to redness.
“It’s also important to think about increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet – found in fish and supplements – which have been shown to help dry skin, eczema rashes and dry eyes,” says Dr. Jessica Wu, a dermatologist based in Los Angeles and author of Feed Your Face.
As for products, here’s what our experts suggest will help soothe and smooth.