Hi, Byrdie readers! I’m back to talk about a beauty annoyance I always struggle with this time of year: dry skin. During the winter months, I become absolutely determined to fight off dry skin. This problem never fails to crop up as soon as the temperatures start to dip. Dry skin makes fine lines, discoloration, and red marks look more pronounced, especially as my complexion becomes paler during the winter. To combat this dull, flaky look, I swear by a five-step system I follow to a T: exfoliate, steam, moisturize, mask, and hydrate. Keep reading to see how I use each of these steps to ward off dry skin, plus the recommended products I use resolve every pesky problem.
First, I exfoliate all of the dead skin. This not only removes existing dryness but encourages cell regrowth. I love using Dr. Lancer's polish scrub, but sometimes I make my own with brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey. This is also a great lip exfoliator!
After I have clean, fresh skin, I steam. If you don’t have an at-home steamer, you can literally boil a pot of water and hover your face over it for a few minutes. I know this sounds crazy, but desperate times call for desperate measures! You will look a little ridiculous, but it works. It gets your skin ready to absorb whatever you will use next as a moisturizer. You can also use a humidifier. For Christmas, I got this portable humidifier for my friends. It plugs into your cell phone and looks completely ridiculous, but it works! They laughed at me at first but eventually became hooked.
Masks are one of the best ways to treat your skin. I love SK-II sheet and eye masks. I do mine while I’m watching TV or catching up on emails. For a little extra R&R, try refrigerating your eye mask before applying—the chill is the best de-puffer!
Finally, I hydrate nonstop and drink a ton of water! It is the best way to prevent dryness. I also try to limit dehydrating ingredients like caffeine. Instead, I’ll stick to herbal tea. Another tip: If you feel your skin becoming dry during the day, carry around a hydrating mist. I have a few that I really like from Kate Somerville, SK-II, or Evian, which you can get it at pretty much any drugstore.
For more of Olivia’s skin product picks, see the routine she uses to maintain clear skin.