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Got Chapped Skin? Learn How To Treat Extremely Dry Skin in 5 Easy Steps

You’re doing everything right. You’re moisturizing after you shower, avoiding harsh ingredients, and using sunscreen. So why do you still have red, flaky, dry, irritated skin on your face during winter?

Colder, dryer winter air can cause scaly, chapped skin by accelerating a process known as TEWL, causing too much water to evaporate out of your skin and into the surrounding environment. Fortunately, a little TLC and the right ingredients can go a long way towards restoring your skin to optimal health.

Follow these five easy steps to treat dry, flaky irritated winter skin.

Tip #1: Use the Right Cleanser

Avoid soap-based cleansers, as these can alter your skin’s pH and cause further irritation. Instead, opt for a hydrating cleanser to strengthen the skin’s protective moisture barrier and help bring TEWL back into balance.

Our light and silky Antioxidant Cleansing Oil not only delivers a burst of squalane-powered hydration, it also uses nourishing antioxidants to target stress and signs of aging while effortlessly dissolving makeup and impurities.

Apply our weightless moisturizing cleansing oil to dry skin with circular motions, then rinse with water to remove every trace of dirt,  sunscreen, and makeup – even waterproof! Your skin is left clean, calm, and cushiony soft.

Tip #2: Double Down on Hydration

Most people immediately reach for a moisturizer when treating dry skin on the face. But dry, scaly, chapped skin can be a sign of dehydration, so it’s crucial that you replenish the skin’s water content before moving on to moisturizer.

Apply a dropper full of  Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum to slightly damp skin to flood it  with  continuous hydration while boosting collagen production, leaving skin bouncy and plump.

Fans of our bestselling serum call it “nature’s Botox”  for its ability to instantly plump and quench thanks in part to the water-binding properties of ectoin. We’ve paired this powerful, protective hydrator with our rapid plumping complex to deliver instant, long-lasting hydration alongside a dramatic improvement in elasticity thanks to copper peptides. Our groundbreaking vegan squalane delivers skin-plumping, elasticity-boosting ingredients deep into the skin  for increased and lasting efficacy.

Tip #3: Use a Cream Moisturizer

Reparative moisturizers generally come in rich, creamy textures for a reason: the oils they contain mimic the skin’s natural oils without clogging pores, supporting the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Our luxurious Omega Repair Cream is the ultimate remedy for dryness and irritation for all skin types. Plumping, hydrating omega fatty acids similar to what’s in your skin’s moisture barrier work to hydrate and restore your skin’s protective layer while hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates and plumps.  Meanwhile our pure, vegan squalane mimics your skin’s natural moisture lock in the benefits and provide lasting, calming moisture.

Use this luxe whipped repair cream for day, then amplify your skin’s natural nighttime repair process with our decadently rich Ectoin Overnight Rescue. Our instant bestseller pairs calming, barrier-boosting magnesium with the water-binding, protective qualities of ectoin in a smooth, velvety night cream that acts as a veil for chapped skin. This breakthrough formula helps to strengthen and rebuild skin’s appearance, soothing irritation and plumping fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing its daily defense mechanism by strengthening the moisture barrier.

Tip #4: Lock In Moisture from Head to Toe

While a rich moisturizer can work wonders towards preventing dry winter skin, treating chapped skin can often require extra TLC. Pat a few drops of our 100% Squalane Oil into your face to lock in the benefits of your routine while providing added hydration.

Our 100% Squalane Oil has earned National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™, which recognizes product innovations that provide benefits, and improve the quality of life for people with eczema and sensitive skin which is also more likely to be affected by dry winter weather.

Tip #5: Soothe Chapped Lips with Lasting Moisture

Cracked, painfully peeling chapped  lips don’t have to come with the changing seasons. Our award-winning Rose Vegan Lip Balm delivers long-lasting petroleum-free moisture using an ultra-hydrating trio of clinically proven moisturizers plus luxurious rose wax and plumping wakame algae to deeply nourish and sooth chapped lips.

Our award-winning fragrance-free lip balm includes a synergistic blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and squalane to deeply moisturize for healthy, plump, soft lips.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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