At the end of summer, we begin to experience the loss of moisture in the air. The lack of humidity during fall and winter has a greater effect on our skin, hair, and throat than we think.
It takes time for our bodies to adjust to the crisp air, and we tend to develop dry skin. However, there are several ways to aid in this adjustment and treat our pesky dry skin.

Dry Skin Conditions

Before we dive into how you can prevent developing severely dry skin, let’s discuss common skin conditions that people experience during the drier times of the year.

Eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis, among other conditions, present themselves when the weather is dry. A dermatologist can identify these for you if you are unsure if you are experiencing them. They will usually prescribe creams and medications to help suppress the effects of the problem areas on your skin. If you take the medication route, you must continue to prioritize natural methods of keeping your skin healthy.

In order to provide a better understanding of these skin conditions, and possibly help you self-diagnose, let’s briefly dive deeper into the details and characteristics of each.


According to the National Eczema Association, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that causes severely dry skin, itchy skin, dry skin patches, rough texture, rash, blisters, and skin infections. Eczema is a complex skin disease that results from a mix of a person’s environment and genes. People who experience eczema tend to have an overactive immune system that responds to environmental triggers or allergens through inflammation on the skin’s surface.
If you begin to experience any of these skin condition during the fall or winter, it’s likely because of the change in weather. A doctor may prescribe you special creams that are made to handle eczema if it develops to an uncomfortable point.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a result of persistent eczema, mainly appearing on the body where there are a lot of oil-producing (sebaceous) glands like the upper back, nose, and scalp. This can most commonly be seen through flaky skin on the scalp.

This condition is caused by an inflammatory reaction to excess Malassezia yeast, an organism that normally lives on the surface of the skin. This coupled with excessively dry weather can have you caught in a cycle that is difficult to cure
Your skin may not react in these ways to the change in moisture in the air. However, it is still important to make several lifestyle changes in your daily routines to take extra care of your skin.


Keeping sufficient amounts of moisture in your skin during the colder months is essential. Nearly everyone forgets to moisturize their skin as much as they should. When washing your hands often, make sure to apply moisturizer to your hands to prevent dry patches and cracking to prevent any open sores.

Moisturizing can come from more than just lotions. Natural oils and petroleum jelly are great alternatives that can provide extra moisture on top of lotion.

To relieve extra dry skin, there is a new trend called “slugging” that is very popular and worth trying. This consists of lathering your face or dry skin areas with petroleum jelly or thick skin care products before you go to sleep. The goal is to lock in as much moisture as you can throughout the night.


Moisturizer can only do so much if your body is not hydrated from within. Intaking sufficient amounts of water helps your body flush its system and prevent dehydration which can take a toll on your skin. It is recommended that men drink 15.5 cups or 124 ounces of water per day, and women drink 11.5 cups or 92 ounces per day to be properly hydrated.

Your skin barrier is at risk during the seasons of cold and harsh winds. You can protect your skin´s barrier by continuously hydrating your face with skin care products high in moisture-binding ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. This can also help with making your skin feel softer.

Switch Skin Care Products

Our summer skin calls for different levels of moisture than our fall skin. You made need to swap around your skin care products for a thicker moisturizer, a more gentle cleanser, and an excellent exfoliating toner.

This also goes for shower time. With a soft towel to wash your body, swap in products with oatmeal and shea butter– ingredients known to lock in moisture and make your skin feel healthier.

Invest in a Humidifier

It is important to look for extra ways to add moisture where you can. When humidity leaves the air without our control, we luckily have the option to add it back in! If you have an interest in taking an extra step, sleeping with a humidifier in your room can help prevent more moisture from leaving your skin.

Pro tip: Add essential oils into the water tank of your humidifier before turning it on to relax and make it feel like you are in a spa.

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