The Best Strategy for Moisturizing Dry Winter Skin


As the seasons change and winter approaches, almost all of my clients start to experience dry, flaky, dehydrated skin. The cold dry air combined with indoor heating sucks the moisture right out of our skin, leaving it tight, scaly, and itchy. In this blog post we will discuss some essential tips on how to prevent and correct winter skin dryness. With a combination of professional skincare products, in-office treatments, and some adjustments to your lifestyle habits, you can fend off dryness this winter and keep your skin soft, supple and glowing.


First and foremost, using quality moisturizers and hydrating products is the key to success in managing dry winter skin. When it comes to battling dryness, not all moisturizers are created equal. There are plenty of over-the-counter lotions at the drugstore that claim to hydrate but just end up sitting on top of the skin, providing only temporary relief. We have spent years trialing products and ingredients to find out what works best for long-term hydration and skin barrier repair. The most effective moisturizers contain a blend of humectants, emollients, and occlusives and use patented, clinically tested formulas.


Some of our favorite moisturizers for dry skin include:


– Sente Dermal Repair Cream

Hydrating repair cream for reduced appearance of redness and visibly healthier-looking skin.


SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore –

This cream contains a patented blend of pure ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol to imitate your skin’s natural lipids. It strengthens the moisture barrier and keeps water from evaporating.


– SkinBetter Science Trio

Heavy hydration without the weight. Patented formulation that uniquely brings balance back to dry, aged skin.


IS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF

Extreme Protect SPF 30 provides extraordinary moisturizing protection by combining broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and powerful antioxidants to mitigate oxidative solar damage. Designed to provide critical nutrients and moisture to the skin. 


– ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense

This advanced serum is clinically proven to strengthen skin’s protective barrier while defending against environmental stressors and premature signs of aging.



While using the right moisturizer is imperative, there are also some lifestyle factors that can impact dryness. Alcohol consumption, smoking, very hot showers, and harsh soaps all deplete the skin’s natural oils. Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day, use a humidifier at night, avoid very hot showers, and choose gentle cleansers. Improving overall wellness goes hand in hand with improving your skin’s health.


Furthermore, it is essential to work with a skincare professional who can assess your specific needs and curate the ideal regimen for you. Every person’s skin is unique. A moisturizer that works wonders for your best friend may end up breaking you out or stinging your sensitive skin. Other factors like your climate, your age, your hormones, and your preexisting skin conditions all affect what products you should use. A customized approach is crucial.


An experienced esthetician takes all of your individual needs and circumstances into account to determine which moisturizers and treatments are best for you. We know how to care for each unique skin type and situation. An esthetician can save you time and money that is wasted on products that are ineffective or counterproductive. We keep up with the latest skincare research and technology so you don’t have to!


Combating dryness in the winter months requires quality skincare products, smart lifestyle habits, and the expertise of a skin health professional. Don’t suffer through another winter of parched, flaky, irritated skin. Invest in proven moisturizers containing quality ingredients. Book a consultation with an esthetician at Sapien Skin and Beauty to discover which products and treatments will get your skin glowing! 



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