Skin winter dryIf you have sensitive skin, then you know that dry winter skin is the worst.

Because, let’s be honest, dry skin the winter is no fun even if you don’t have sensitive skin.

The cold, dry air outside and the hot, dry air inside work together to make your skin dry, cracked, and itchy.

Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s unattractive as well.

Luckily, there are nine simple ways that can work together – or separately - to ease dry winter skin.

1. Watch out for chemical peels and harsh products. While your summer skin may be able to stand up to peels, masks, and astringents, winter skin needs a softer touch. Those products and procedures strip away the natural oils from your skin, leaving it more susceptible to irritation in the winter months.

2. Remember to exfoliate – gently. While stripping your skin should be avoided, getting rid of dry, dead skin is essential to keeping dry skin moisturized. Removing the layer of dead skin cells allows new skin to absorb moisture better and more effectively. Just be careful to use a gentle scrub or loofah, not a harsh product.

3. Try a humidifier. Dry air in the winter air leads to dry skin. So help your skin by getting a home humidifier. It’s a simple step that can make a big difference. Depending on the size of your home, scatter a few of them around to ensure moist air throughout the house.

4. Avoid long, hot baths and showers. As appealing as a long, hot bath or shower may sound during the coldest months of the year, they’re not helpful when it comes to your dry skin. The hot water actually breaks down lipid barriers in the skin and that dries you out. Stick with shorter baths and showers that aren’t as hot. That being said…

5. When you do take a bath, add some oatmeal or baking soda. Colloidal oatmeal and baking soda are both great for restoring moisture to dry skin. And colloidal oatmeal is nothing more than oatmeal that’s been ground into a fine powder, so you can either make it at home or buy it from a store.

6. Work from the inside out. Your diet can help address dry skin in the winter skin, too. Make sure you’re getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids by eating nuts, oily fish, and olive oil. These foods help your skin maintain its natural moisture, so you don’t dry out as easily.

7. Pay close attention to your hands. It’s not your imagination – your hands really do get drier than the rest of your body. It’s because the skin on your hands is thinner, which means fewer oil glands. Fewer oil glands mean drier skin, especially in winter. So be sure to keep them covered with gloves or mittens whenever you go outside. Choose a glove that doesn’t scratch or chafe. If you have to wear wool, consider getting a glove liner to minimize the irritation. Along those lines…

8. Change out of wet clothes whenever necessary. This is especially important for wet socks and gloves, but anyone who has ever had dry winter skin on their arms or legs knows hanging out in any wet garments is something to avoid.

9. Moisturize more often, and moisturize better. While a light lotion may suffice in summer, dry winter skin requires a lotion that packs more of a punch. A lotion like IncrediCream, which was designed to take on the driest, most cracked skin winter can throw at you. Gentle enough for your hands, powerful enough for the rough skin on your feet, IncrediCream is the only lotion you’ll need all winter.

Don’t resign yourself to dry winter skin that itches and cracks. Do something about it!

It may be winter outside, but with these easy steps and IncrediCream, your skin will look like summer.