Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Is your skin extremely dry in winter? Cold air, dry indoor heat and biting winter wind can take its toll on your skin. All of these elements rob your skin of much-needed moisture, leaving it dry and dull-looking. Although dry skin is usually harmless, no one wants their skin looking ashy. If dry skin isn't taken care of, it may crack. This can become a problem as it allows bacteria into it. Excessive dry skin can also activate eczema.

With Winter fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your skin care routine for dry skin. By making some changes to your regular skincare routine, you can keep your skin looking soft and smooth all winter long. 

What is the best routine for dry skin?

1. Moisturise right after washing

Any time you wash your, hands or body, you strip your skin of its natural oils. That’s why it’s important to use a moisturiser every time after you've washed your skin, especially in winter. Keep your skin nourished and moisturised with Dawn’s remedy for very dry skin. Dawn Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil Nourishing Body Lotion  delivers 48-hour moisturisation to keep your skin soft and supple. As a helpful reminder, keep a bottle of Dawn body lotion on your bathroom shelf. You can also decant some into a travel size bottle and pop it in your handbag.

2. Apply sunscreen daily

With winter days being shorter, and less sunlight, it’s easy to forget to apply your sunscreen. But even in winter, harmful UV rays can take away moisture from your skin. Use a layer of sunscreen each morning, after you've applied your moisturiser. Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

3. Limit hot water exposure

A hot shower or bath at the end of a cold winter’s day can be very comforting. But hot water strips away your skin’s natural oils. Try and keep the water temperature closer to lukewarm. Also, limit your shower time to 10 minutes or less.

4. Use a humidifier

Humidifiers help to add moisture back into the air. Having more moisture in the air can help act as a natural moisturising agent which, in turn, might help to prevent and relieve skin dryness. According to Harvard Health Publishing, a humidifier setting of 60 percent in winter can replenish moisture in the top layer of your skin.

5. Cover up

Winter can be especially drying to skin. Be sure to wear a scarf, hat, and gloves when you go out to limit your skin’s exposure to the elements.

6. Stay hydrated

A key step to keeping your skin from becoming dry, is to stay hydrated from the inside. Not drinking enough fluid can make your skin more susceptible to drying out.

What Are Some of The Best Winter Skin Care Products?

The best winter skin care products are those that contain moisturising agents, that are referred to as ‘occlusives’. Occlusives are designed to provide a protective seal over skin and lock in hydration. Some of the most popular occlusive ingredients are Lanolin, Cocoa Butter and Jojoba oil. Another reason to invest in Dawn Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil Nourishing Body Lotion.


A coconut in half with a jar of coconut oil infront of it


Regular use of Dawn Cocoa Butter & Coconut Oil Nourishing Body Lotion can help keep the skin on your hands and body, well moisturised and nourished. If you suffer from very dry skin, try using coconut oil which contains nourishing fatty acids such as linoleic acid (Vitamin F) that helps hydrate and protect skin and lauric acid, which has antibacterial properties. If you have very dry, flaky skin, using coconut oil instead of your regular moisturiser may soften and hydrate your skin, leaving it looking refreshed.

Seasons come and seasons go, but no matter what your skin’s needs are, Dawn has a range of body lotions and creams to keep your skin looking revitalised.