5 Tips to Save Your Dry Skin this Fall and Winter

The fall and winter can be particularly brutal on your skin, especially if your skin already tends to be dry. If you want to keep your skin from looking and feeling too dry and flaky this fall and winter, you’ll need to make adjustments to your skincare routine. Here are just five tips that will help you achieve the beautiful skin you’re looking for.

Switch to a Gentler Cleanser

A clarifying cleanser that keeps your pores clear of dirt and sweat is ideal for the summer, but you should switch to a gentler cleanser for the fall and winter months. 

Avoid Alcohol Toners

Alcohol will dry out your skin faster than anything, yet you’ll find it in many toners and other skincare products. When you’re looking for a new toner, stick with products with non-drying ingredients such as rose water, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lecithin, and aloe vera.

Switch to a Thicker Moisturizer

Lightweight moisturizers are ideal for the summer, but you should switch to something thicker during fall. Doing so will help lock in moisture and keep your skin from drying out.

Try a Weekly Facial Mask

A facial mask is great for nourishing and hydrating your skin, especially during the fall and winter when it has a tendency to dry out. Add a weekly mask designed to hydrate your skin to your regular skincare routine.

Stay Hydrated

Water is a must throughout the year, but it is especially crucial if you have problems with dry skin during the fall and winter. Not only will it help keep your skin from getting too dry, but it also helps reduce puffiness and swelling. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with getting your fluids from other sources, you’re always better off reaching for a glass of water when you’re feeling thirsty.

As for how much water you should be drinking, the old standby of eight glasses a day is an attainable goal that will certainly keep you hydrated, but you may need to increase your fluid intake if you’re more physically active or your skin feels especially dry. You’re likely getting enough fluids if you rarely feel thirsty, but don’t be afraid to ask your provider how much water you should be drinking.

Schedule A Consultation

If you have any questions about dry skin and what you should be using on your skin, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at Biltmore Dermatology today. Nurse Practitioner Ryan Patterson and his team can help you achieve the glowing, hydrated skin you desire. Call our Terre Haute, IN office at 812.203.5436 or use our online contact form.


If you have an immediate concern, you want to find quality care as soon as possible. Our office takes walk-in appointments and will be happy to address your concerns and offer you immediate treatment suggestions and medical care.



Ryan is State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, he is board certified as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. He has 20+ years of Dermatology Experience.

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