Mistake #2: Showering too often
It’s no secret that freezing temps and cold wind can take a toll on your skin, but so can showering too often! “Overshowering can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation of the skin, and even precipitate skin conditions such as eczema,” Dr. Robinson explains. Based on your activity level, showering every day may be overkill. For the average adult, showering every other day is sufficient to cleanse the skin withhout stripping away skin’s natural moisture. Here’s more inspiration for cutting back on your showers (including that it will help preserve your hair color!).
Mistake #3: Using the wrong cleanser
Ditch the bar soap! “Traditional bar soaps can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness,” says Dr. Robinson. Instead, opt for a rich, soap-free formula, such as Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash or Yuni Concentrated Body Cleansing Creme. For an extra moisturizing dose, finish with a in-shower lotion like Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer that you apply and rinse off in the shower.
Mistake #4: Lazy shaving
Maybe you shave less in the winter—we won’t tell. But when you do, don’t forget to gently exfoliate first. Not only can a buildup of dead skin lead to a dry, less smooth apperance to your legs, but it can also trigger ingrown hairs and irritation, according to Dr. Robinson. She also warns against dry shaving. For starters, you want to shave in a warm environment (like the shower) to open your pores for a closer, smoother result. You also want to use an emollient shaving cream. “The good news is that shaving creams are soothing and many can help the shaving process,” explains board certified dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder of Capital Laser & Skin Care. If you have sensitive skin, Dr. Tanzi suggests a nourishing formula with oatmeal, such as Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel. Lastly, be sure to change your razor blade after a few uses to keep bacteria at bay and prevent the nicks you’re more likely to get from a dull blade. The Venus & Olay Razor has built in moisturizing strips to soothe skin with every stroke.