Dry Skin Damage Control: How to Beat the Cold

The season of hot beverages, cold weather, and jumpers may be here, but along with it, the season of dry skin and chapped lips. No one gets away unscathed, and so here are Grace Tepper’s strategies for dry skin damage control.

As it gets colder and fall goes into full swing, both the negatives and positives of the season come to light. While the trees turn fiery and pumpkins appear on doorsteps, the temperature drops to scarf and sweater weather. Don’t get me wrong, this is all great, but what isn’t is the dry skin that comes along with the brisk, chilly air. Stinging, cracked skin and unnecessary breakouts aren’t exactly the alluring part of the holiday season. Thankfully, we aren’t alone in our struggles, and a few strategies in particular can turn the tables in this weather war.

1. Exfoliate! Breakouts can come from super-oily and super-dry skin. Those dead skin cells don’t go anywhere; they’ll sit on top of your pores and keep all the nasty stuff in until you get them off. A good exfoliator will scrub it all away and leave you with a fresh, clean and smooth skin afterwards. I personally love Burt’s Bees Cranberry and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub, which works great for the whole body and smells amazing. For just your face, Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub is so good for any skin type, and really does the job. Another plus: both are super affordable and last a long time.

2. Body oils. Body oil is perfect for that flaky fall skin, as it can seep deep in and work its magic. There are so many different ones on the market that you can almost customize which specific oils you want in your product, and they come with so many different scents as an added bonus. If you’re not looking to splurge on something super pricey, as oils come in all price ranges, S.W. Basics Lemongrass Body Oil is a great option. The macadamia, sesame, and avocado oils included will rejuvenate your skin right away, and the scent leaves you feeling fresh. For your face, I absolutely swear by NUDE ProGenius Rescue Oil. All-natural and vegan, this rescue oil has some unusual ingredients, like coleus root and rosemary. However, the combo is miraculous, and the rose hip seed oil included results in a gorgeous floral scent.

3. Moisturizer. Regardless of the season, moisturizer should be the most important part of every beauty regimen. It’s the key to young, glowing skin, and is a remedy for countless skin issues. A good moisturizer or hydrating cream will lock in any oils, toners, or other products, and will work its magic day and night. Eucerin is hands down one of the best companies for moisturizers, be it regular products or eczema/other condition-related solutions. My personal favorite facial moisturizer to use, though, is Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel. It’s light, effective, and long-lasting. It might be the best skincare product I’ve ever invested in due to its effectiveness and benefits, and I’ll never stop being a believer.

4. Chapped Lipcare. One of the most aggravating parts of cold weather is chapped lips. Painful, bothersome, and interfering with makeup, chapped lips are such a nuisance during the cold weather months. However, there are a number of options for treatment. The classic Chapstick moisturizing lip balm works wonders, and is in every bag I own. I carry those everywhere with no regrets whatsoever. For a more serious treatment, the BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask is a miracle-worker. Whether you’re out on the streets in freezing temperatures or warm inside your home, this lip mask will work wonders on damaged lips. Not too sticky like some lip masks can be but still protective in strength, this mask is a great option for healing that pout.


It can be a brutal battle when it comes to retaining moisture when it’s windy out, but the options are limitless. The key is to use what works best for you and your specific skin type. Also, drinking lots of water and getting as much sleep as your schedule allows are always helpful. With these tools and suggestions, I wish you the best in your dry skin struggles!