Your dry skin survival guide

Skin dryness is one of the most common skin complaints this time of year.

When the temperature drops, dry skin can become a major beauty challenge, turning the flawless complexion you had just a few months ago into skin you can barely recognize. Colder weather isn’t the only culprit—you can also blame artificial heat, blustery wind and less humidity outside as well.

When our bodies are dehydrated, we often feel thirsty, but your skin can be dehydrated without you even knowing. The symptoms of dry skin—which manifest after your skin’s moisture levels are already depleted—include flaking, itching and skin that’s easily irritated, but moisturizing properly can keep these uncomfortable effects at bay.

Soothing your skin and restoring its hydration is easier than you think, and a few simple skin care regimen revisions can get you back on track. Just like you change your wardrobe from one season to another, the products you use need to be adjusted, too. If you use a gel or foam cleanser during warmer months, try a creamier formula for winter. And while moisturizer is essential year-round, you probably need to up the hydration ante with a richer formulation when cold weather sets in.

A few lifestyle changes can also go a long way for dry winter skin. If you experience dryness and tightness on your body, use a rich moisturizing cream every time you step out of the shower while your skin is still damp. This helps seal in hydration that will help keep your skin feeling comfortable all day. You can also use a humidifier to counteract drying artificial heat, and there are great desk or tabletop versions that ensure the air in your personal space has extra humidity. And lastly, be sure to drink plenty of water.

Just about every skin type can benefit from SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair this time of year. Formulated to strengthen your skin’s barrier against drying elements, this rich, hydrating cream contains protective antioxidants and high concentrations of vitamin C and E to promote the skin’s ability to repair and hydrate itself.

If you’re not sure which moisturizer is right for you this time of year, check out the Moisturize section on With seven offerings to treat dry skin from head to toe, you can select the best moisturizer for you based on how much hydration your skin needs.

SkinMedica skin-care products are available exclusively at doctors’ offices and medically supervised spas. Visit or call (866) 867-0110 to find a location.