Using moisturizer, but still have itchy, flakey skin? Follow this plan to stop it.

14 01 winter skin dry flaking cures fixes creams tips

Step 1. Prevent dehydration.

Winter is coming and we need to prepare our skin to endure it. My motto? “Prevention is key.”

So, how do you prevent dry skin? Don’t wait until it feels like cardboard. Firstly, apply your moisturizer as soon as you step out of the shower or finish washing your face. Look for one that contains hyaluronic acid. This ingredient helps retain moisture, so apply it while your skin still feels moist. I personally love and recommend Dr. Baumann Hyaluron Ampoule (available in spas, www.dr-baumann.com).

Step 2. Avoid soap.

One of the most drying cosmetics out there is regular soap. Stick to cleansers; they are not the same. The main difference between soaps and cleansers is the pH. Because soap has such a high pH (around 9 -10, which is different from the skin's 5.5 pH) it strips away the acid mantle, which is the protective barrier of the skin. Without it, skin is prone to damage like wrinkles, acne and sensitivities. Soap usually contains fragrances and colourants, which are two of the biggest allergy triggers. It’s also really drying because of the natural detergents found in it. Cleansers are formulated to cleanse the skin efficiently and emulsify makeup without being harsh.

Step 3. Read labels.

If you suffer from dry skin, creams with retinols or AHA’s might not be the best idea for you. Also stay away from fragrance and colourants. Look for ingredients like shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butte), jojoba oil (Simmondsia Californica Oil), coconut oil (Ethyl Hexyl Cocoate) and urea in your moisturizer.

Step 4. Good nutrition.

I cannot emphasize enough the role diet has in keeping your skin healthy. When it comes to dry skin, the best supplement is Omega 3’s. You can find them in seeds, nuts and fish. My go to supplement is Ascenta Skin ($80, www.ascentaskin.com). I have seen people’s cracked heels get better with this, so just imagine what it can do to your face!

Step 5. Ask for help.

If your skin is still feeling dry and sensitive after trying the steps above, consult a professional (doctor, esthetician or dermatologist). Something might be missing and they can help you find out what it is.