12 Ways to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

12 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter
12 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter

Dallas isn’t always super hot, y’all.

12 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter

12 Ways to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

12 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter

12 Ways to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

12 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter | Sunday Riley Good Genes and Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask

12 Ways to Combat Dry Skin this Winter | Sunday Riley Good Genes and Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask

12 Ways to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

12 Ways to Combat Dry Skin this Winter


12 Ways to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

As you may know by now, I’m a cool weather loving gal, which is why Texas gets on my nerves occasionally. But, even though we’re known for having a hot climate, it does get cold here. On several occasions I’ve been iced in at my apartment for days because it doesn’t just snow here, it ices over and you kind of can’t go anywhere unless you’re willing to fall flat on your face when walking– done that. 

Use a creamy/milky cleanser

Milkier/creamier cleansers are perfect for colder weather because they tend to be more hydrating. My go to cleanser right now when my skin is feeling dry is the Purlisse Blue Lotus Cleansing Milk*. It contains a bunch of oils along with soy milk, blue lotus extract, oat, and white tea so it cleanses the skin without drying it out. Best of all, it is sulfate/soap/ paraben free. [ Available on their website]

Use a hydrating mask

Face masks are a great way to pamper yourself. But, a hydrating face mask is also a great way to add moisture back into the skin. I’ve been loving the Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher hydra mask because it really healed up a dry patch on my chin (you can read all about my disgusting dry patch and more about Complex Beauty face masks here). [Available on their website]

Don’t forget a serum

Serums are a great way to introduce a higher amount of active ingredients to your skin. Right now I’ve been enjoying the Purlisse Brightening Serum* since it contains avocado oil, squalane, and other oils that keep the skin moisturized even if you have sensitive skin. I’ve also been enjoying The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA serum 2% as it contains hyaluronic acid, which is moisturizing, and lactic acid, another moisturizing ingredient. [Purlisse serum available on their website, Birchbox,; The Ordinary serum available on their website]

Drink– or eat– your water

I notice a huge difference–especially in my lips– if I don’t drink enough water. Mix dehydration with the winter cold and my skin is flaky and my lips are cracked. It can be hard to drink enough water throughout the day, which is why I always keep a 32 oz water bottle with me. If you can’t drink it then eat it. Foods like cucumbers, oranges, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes (to name a few) have a high water content so try incorporating more of those into your diet.

Don’t shower with hot water

It feels SO nice to get in a steaming hot bath/shower when you’re freezing cold, but it’s terrible for the skin. Instead, bathe in lukewarm water so you don’t strip your skin of its natural oils and cause your skin to dry out.

Invest in a humidifier

Humidifiers add moisture back into the air, which is great because winter air is very dry. They are not only great for your skin, but they reduce the ability of airborne viruses so you’re less likely to get sick as well! Bonus.

Don’t over wash your skin

It’s easy to over wash your skin when you wear makeup on a daily basis, but over washing means you’ll strip your skin of its natural, and beneficial, oils. This is one sure way to dry out your skin. When taking off makeup, I like to use a micellar water to take off most of my makeup and then go in with a creamier cleanser that doesn’t have any harsh ingredients.

Check your ingredients

Speaking of harsh ingredients, check your products! Anything that contains alcohol will for sure dry your skin out. Instead, look for words like hyaluronic acid, squalane, glycerin, and oils that don’t clog your pores!

Moisturize in the shower

I dedicated a whole post on how to keep your body moisturized when you’re lazy like me, and this still holds true today! Moisturizing your body in the shower with a body conditioner (like the Ro’s Argan from Lush) or oil (like L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil) is a great way to keep your skin soft and moisturized sans the hassle!  [Lush available on their website; L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil available at Sephora, their website, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dermstore ]

Use lactic acid

Lactic Acid not only reveals your bright new skin by chemically exfoliating away the dull, dry, dead skin on top, but it’s actually moisturizing. Plus, it’s great for evening out the skin tone, blemishes, and more! Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is a really popular lactic acid treatment, but The Ordinary Lactic Acid + HA serum (mentioned above) is a much less expensive alternative. [Good Genes available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Netaporter, FarFetch, Dermstore, Space NK, Birchbox

Moisturize on damp skin

Applying moisturizer on damp skin is much better than applying moisturizer on dry skin. Why? Because your pores are more open (especially if you’ve applied warm water) so all the moisturizers you apply on top penetrate deeper into the skin than they normally would.

Try a mist

A mist is a great way to refresh the skin and give it a burst of hydration without using moisturizer. The newest mist addition to my collection is one I picked up from Complex Beauty. Their Afterglow complexion mist includes ingredients like lavender water, MSM, Tamanu oil, and geranium essential oil just to name a few hydrating components. It leaves your skin feeling very fresh, hydrated, and glowy. Plus, I love the scent! [Available on their website]

How do you combat dry skin during the winter? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • You’ve got some great tips girl! I swear by hydrating sheet masks during the winter. It is so dry here in Colorado that I have to make sure I hydrate my whole body :)))

    • Thanks Beti :). I need to try more sheet masks.. do you have any faves?

  • Great tips! I can definitely tell when I’m not drinking enough water as well. *runs to drink some water* There are some days when I’m bad and take a hot, steamy shower, and I know I shouldn’t. I should try the L’Occitane shower oil, it sounds so nice and I bet it smells divine, like all of their products!

    xoxo Jenn – http://www.beautybyjellybean.com

    • Haha drinking enough water can be a struggle! It does smell very good :)

  • Great post! Loved reading it! I need to repurchase Good Genes and also get some of The Ordinary products! xx


  • I’m obsessed with serum’s at the moment, I’ll have to give a brightening one a go as im going skiing soon and that always ruins my skin!

    Abigail Alice x

    • Girl same! Serums are so good for the skin and make such a difference. Ooh yeah, better get a brightening and hydrating one before skiing!

  • Great tips! Definitely going to remember these when I struggle with dryness. But wait…it gets cold in Texas?! :O

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Thanks girl! Hahaha it actually does, which I was shocked about too when I moved here! Since TX is so big the temps vary, but I’m technically in the north (i.e. Dallas) and it can get as low as 20 Fahrenheit here, and sometimes lower at night. My friend lives near the panhandle and it gets very very cold there. They even have blizzards!

  • Very good tips, I’m def. guilty of taking hot showers when it gets cold and not moisturising my dry skin.. Then I complain about the dry patches on my legs! Urgh, going to take better care of myself now. Thank you for the post!

    Laura xx Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    • I don’t blame you! I’m guilty of taking hot showers sometimes too because it just feels so good! And, I’m so lazy when it comes to moisturizing my body lol.

  • So many good tips! I completely agree that if I don’t drink enough water I can see it in my face and it’s not pretty. So I always try and keep my water intake up because it makes such a difference. I also love using hydrating shower products because I’m so lazy with using body butters so if I can do it in the shower and save myself a bit of time (or make sure my body gets moisturised at all) then I’m all for it. I also love lactic acid as an ingredient and I’m dying to try some of the serums from the Ordinary! It looks like such an incredible brand.


    • I’m so lazy when it comes to moisturizing out of the shower so I have to do it while I’m showering haha. Glad I’m not the only one :p.

  • Such good tips! I will definitely come back to this post xx


  • Great tips! I’m terrible at remembering to drink water XD But considering my lips are almost always chapped, I need to start lol. I also take steaming hot showers on the regular *hides behinds hands in shame* I looove a good mist. Gonna have to go check out that Complex one :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Mine used to always be chapped too until I upped my intake of water! Sometimes you just need to take a steaming hot shower. It’s okay to indulge once in a while :p. The Complex one is so good girl. I definitely suggest it!

  • My skin is sooo dry around this time of the year, and I cannot wait to try these tips out! Have a lovely weekend :)


  • Such a great post, I couldn’t agree more about serums, mist and hot water showers! Sunday Riley’s Good genes has been on my wishlist for so long, yet the price does put me off a little bit, so thank you for mentioning the Ordinary one, I will make sure to check it out!


    • Definitely give the one from The Ordinary a try. Good Genes is soo expensive!

  • Thanks for the tips – winter skin is so hard to deal with. I just found your blog and I really like your photos!

  • Thanks for the tips . In Winters acne prone skin causes more problem.