November 28, 2023

How To Care for Sensitive Skin this Winter

Child wrapped in white blanket. How To Care for Sensitive Skin this Winter

The winter months can be brutal on skin. Less-humid, colder weather combined with indoor heating often leaves skin dry, flaky, and itchy. And if you’re already working hard to manage sensitive skin throughout the year, the winter months can be a season of discomfort and irritation. But you’re not alone. And help is on the way! 


To help you manage your family’s skin health for the coming season, we’ve put together a list of simple, skin-loving tips that will show you how to care for sensitive skin this winter.  


Tip One: Take Short, Lukewarm Showers

We know this one can be hard. After all, it’s cold out there, and few things hit the spot like a long, hot shower. Unfortunately, extended exposure to hot water will dry out your skin even more, which means it’s best to keep those showers on the short side and the water temperate moderate.  


Tip Two: Moisturize After Bathing

Right after your short, lukewarm shower (J), apply a thick layer of your favorite hydrating lotion, paying special attention to the parts of your body most prone to drying out, or most likely to be exposed to the elements. When possible, use lotions and creams formulated with gentle ingredients chosen for sensitive skin protection. 


Tip Three: Bundle Up

Stay warm and keep your bare skin protected, especially on the coldest days or in windy conditions. Invest in a cozy new scarf or neck warmer and apply lip balm liberally to keep your lips from drying out or getting overly chapped. 


Tip Four: Protect Yourself from Winter Sun

Winter sunburns are more common than you might think, especially on snowy days when the sun reflects off bright white surroundings. Protect your sensitive skin with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater, especially if you’re outside for an extended period of time or participating in a winter activity like skiing or snowshoeing. 


Tip Five: Humidify

Dry air from heaters extracts moisture from the air, which can irritate your skin—especially if it’s already sensitive. Room humidifiers add needed moisture back into the air and can work wonders to ease dry-skin symptoms, especially for more peaceful winter slumbering. Just be sure you’re changing the water and cleaning the unit as directed. 


Tip Six: Choose a Fragrance-Free Laundry Detergent

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent gives you a reliable, stain-fighting clean. It’s also free of fragrances, dyes, artificial brighteners, and is formulated for sensitive skin. It’s a perfect choice for nurturing your skin this winter—and all throughout the year.   


We hope these tips help you build a routine that keeps your skin protected all winter long.