How to prevent dry winter skin

I’m a fan of flakes.

I love chocolate flakes over desserts (or anything really), nutritional yeast flakes (try ’em- they’re good), Frosted Flakes (though I haven’t had them since I was a kid), kamut flakes, coconut flakes, and of course, snowflakes.

I even like some flaky people, such as Jessica Simpson and Kellie Pickler (Have you ever seen her in an interview?  She’s hilarious!).

I’m not, however, a fan of flaky skin.

And as luck would have it, my skin just loves to flake, especially during the winter.




As I know this is a common problem at this time of year, I’m going share my tips for preventing dry flaky skin.

  • Drinks lots of water.  Ok, I’m sure this one is making you do a Michelle Tanner-style, “Duh!” right now, but it cannot be stressed enough.  If you’re dehydrated inside, no amount of moisturizer in the world will save you.
  • In addition to plain water, try some other liquids like coconut water and aloe vera juice.  They are super hydrating.
  • Get your daily dose of Omega-3s.  Try adding fish (like salmon), flax seed, chia seeds, and walnuts to your diet if you want to moisturize your skin. You can also take a fish oil supplement.
  • Eat lots of fruit, especially berries.  Berries have a high water content and contain loads of antioxidants and vitamin C.
  • Eat vegetables that are rich in vitamin A, such as romaine lettuce.  This is very important because vitamin A revitalizes skin and increases cell turnover.
  • Snack on almonds.  The vitamin E in almonds is very hydrating for your skin.
  • Add some fat to your diet.  Cook with extra-virgin olive oil and/or coconut oil or start eating avocados.  These healthy fats will keep your skin supple.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.  These things just suck the life out of your skin.  If you must have coffee in the morning (like me), switch to decaf or limit yourself to just one cup of the strong stuff.
  • Sleep with a humidifier– in your room of course, not in your bed. 😉  Indoor heating can really pull moisture from the skin while we’re sleeping.  If you use a humidifier, you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin this winter.
  • Gently exfoliate 2-3 times per week.  Gotta remove those dead skin cells and flakes!
  • Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals, as they are very drying.  Check out my non-toxic beauty posts for suggestions, including facial and body moisturizers.


What are your tips for keeping your skin moist?  Please share!

Have a great day!

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  1. Great tips! My skin is starting to dry out and I have been slathering it with coconut oil. I have a humidifier at home but I’m thinking of putting one in my office.

    • thegrassskirt

      Putting one in your office is a great idea. I never thought to do that!

  2. I especially love the avoid alcohol and caffeine. I avoid all kinds of soda as those can dehydrate you as well. And coffee and soda can get out of hand. I need to get a humidifier, those things help so much! Thanks!

  3. I live in a desert environment that experiences winter too – YIKES – need a vat of vaseline. Between the lotion and the SPF we buy in bulk at the local warehouse club – ha! I have heard Vitamin A is good to prevent liver spots too. I have had a humidifier in my bedroom for years and helps me maintain my asthma in the winter months. Thanks for sharing your trips! If I get really dry and flaky maybe I will just roll around in some olive oil:)

    • thegrassskirt

      Yikes! I cannot imagine how my skin would react in that sort of climate. I think Santa should bring you a sleighful of Vaseline and olive oil this holiday season. 🙂

  4. great tips! I get dry skin in the winter, especially on my hands. I am so used to humidity I don’t think my skin knows what to do! I need to do a better job of drinking more water!

    • thegrassskirt

      My hands are SOOOO dry right now. I’ve been using hand cream and drinking water like a madwoman. Hope you have a great weeked! 🙂

  5. Hi Erin! I love your tips 🙂

    I also dry brush every other morning before showers and put on lotion when I get out of the shower. Really makes a difference!


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