Last Reviewed on February 10, 2021 by Alice Pien, MD & Asher Milgrom, PhD
The holiday season brings cooler temperatures, more travel and less time to pamper yourself. Sadly, winter is one of the main reasons for dry skin and often leaves our skin with a lot more than rosy cheeks. Dry skin is one of the most common complaints during the winter, even in Southern California.
Top 5 Home Remedies for Dry Skin
With a little help from Elle Magazine, we have compiled the Top Home Remedies for Dry Skin.
#1 Glycerin, Aloe and Vitamin E
Elle magazine editors say the key to a winter dry-skin-free, glowing face is glycerin, aloe and vitamin E. That is why they are at the top of our list.
“Glycerin and vitamin E help lock in moisture, and aloe helps to calm and soothe,” said Dawn Diorio, national trainer and aesthetician for Ahava. “It also stimulates circulation and helps rid toxins from the skin.”
One of our favorite products for dry skin here at AMA is Dermalogica’s Age Smart Super Rich Repair, which contains both vitamin E and glycerin to help restore dry skin on the face.
In addition to your skin regimen, you may want to consider adding extra omega-3s to your diet during the cooler months. Consuming extra omega-3s from salmon, nuts, tuna or seeds can help reduce that pesky dry skin.
#2 Cut Down on the Shower Time
Believe it or not, one of the top causes of skin becoming dry is showering. Showering can actually dehydrate your skin and dry it out. That is why cutting down on shower time is number 2 on our list of home remedies for dry skin.
Nicknamed the “winter wolf in sheep’s clothing” water can disrupt natural lipids on your skin cells. Following your (quick) shower simply pat dry rather than wiping down completely. Leaving a little moisture on the skin will help your moisturizer soak into those dried cells.
Trying to cure itchy dry skin with a long bath? Instead of soaking in pure water, try an oatmeal or baking soda bath to cure the winter itches. If that doesn’t work seek help from one of our professionals. You may need a prescription or a specific in-office treatment.
Number 3 on our list is exfoliation. Not exfoliating is another reason for dry skin. Don’t be afraid to shed that flaky skin!
During the winter doctors recommend exfoliating one to three times per week depending on your particular dryness and where the dry spots on your skin are located.
However, be careful not to over exfoliate. Shedding too much skin can break down natural barriers and actually make the problem worse.
One of our favorite exfoliating products is the Pear and Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher by Eminence. This easy to use product organically restores dead skin cells.
As for that “exfoliating loofah” – trash it! After one use it is covered in bacteria.
#4 Hydrate with Water
One cause of dry skin as the temperature cools is that your body’s need for water heats up.
To cure spots of skin dryness go back to the basics – watching what you put in your mouth. Doctors recommend drinking a minimum of eight full glasses of water per day, even more if you are exercising regularly.
Elle editors point to fruit to add an extra boost in your water intake. Melons are an excellent source of water.
If simply adding H20 doesn’t do the trick, try green-tea. The tea variation is “loaded with antioxidants and protects the skin from UV stress,” said celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson.
#5 Consult with a Skin Specialist
We know that seeking a specialist is not exactly one of the best home remedies for dry skin but it still made our list. The best thing you can do for dry winter skin on your face is visit your skincare specialist, according to WebMD. Dry skin may surface during the winter but you could have a more serious condition that can be diagnosed by one of AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare’s doctors.
Our office offers a free consultation to diagnose your specific skincare problem before we offer you a product or treatment. Based on your specific needs our doctors may recommend a Customized Medical Aesthetic Facial, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or a simple cream or lotion to help solve your dry skin problem.
Following these Top 5 Home Remedies for Dry Skin will help you escape winter dryness and look your best during the holiday season.
About the Authors
Doctors Alice Pien, MD and Asher Milgrom, Phd are established pioneers in the fields of Regenerative Medicine and Skincare. Their expertise ranges from advanced laser systems to HCT/P – Stem Cell medicine. Their medical education and advanced certifications span from medical schools of NY State University, the University of Chicago, to Johns Hopkins, Harvard and UCLA. They approach medicine with the clinical expertise of over 85,000 successful treatments over the past 20 years and significant scientific research resulting in proprietary protocols that they customize for each individual patient.