How to Heal Dry Skin Overnight

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Say goodbye to itchy, flaky skin.

As the weather turns cold and humidity levels plummet, keeping your skin moist and hydrated can be tough. In cold weather, most people suffer from dry skin, which can itch, flake, crack, and in severe cases, even bleed. The winter wind, the dry indoor air, harsh soaps, low humidity and cold weather sunburns are all contributing factors. But by taking extra care to keep your skin moisturized, you can prevent chapping, itchiness, cracking and all the other nasty effects of dryness.

At night, your skin regenerates itself. As you sleep, your skin cells renew and repair, thus maximizing product absorption and enhancing the skin barrier. This means nighttime is the prime time for healing dry skin, blemishes and damage. Since the skin is free from activity and environmental aggressors during this time, it absorbs moisturizing ingredients well.

If you’re suffering from dry skin this winter, here are a few products you can use to pamper your skin while you sleep:

Serums:

Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum

This serum helps to recover the look of firm and youthful skin while you sleep. It’s enriched with a time-released dose of Retinol, which supports skin’s natural repair process. Its blend of Retinol, Ferulic Acid, and Niacinamide work together to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves the overall look of your complexion and skin tone.

KORRES Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial

This weightless soufflé is powered by super-charged proteins that melt into skin and work overnight for intense, immediate moisturization. This ultra-hydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek yogurt concentrate that provides long-term moisturization and nourishment. This product contains 95 percent natural ingredients and is cruelty-free.

Masks:

Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask

Before bed, apply this ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask. Avocado and apricot kernel oils deeply treat the skin’s compromised moisture barrier. It contains Japanese seaweed which helps repair the skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and premature aging.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

This creamy mask helps refresh flaky skin overnight. Rich and penetrating, it replenishes all night long, soothing, nourishing and hydrating the skin. This one’s recommended for all skin types.

LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

This innovative mask can recharge your dehydrated skin while you sleep. It’s formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver high doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Calming Sleepscent™, infused with orange flower, rose and sandalwood, relaxes and comforts while apricot and evening primrose extracts brighten and purify fatigued skin.

Lip Care:

Applying a little castor oil or honey to your lips overnight will help hydrate and soften severely dry lips. Here are a couple more products to treat your lips overnight:

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil

When worn overnight, this luxe, rich lip serum features a blend of more than 20 hydrating oils such as almond, kukui nut, jojoba, k3 viamerine and a blend of antioxidants. It also includes a 24-karat gold applicator to soothe, cool and treat chapped, damaged lips.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

This Lip Mask has a softening balm texture that closely adheres to lips for quick absorption. Enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants, its Berry Mix Complex™ offers a nutritiously sweet and fragrant blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry and blueberry extracts to indulge the senses. Its exclusive Moisture Wrap™ technology boasts hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture and active ingredients. Free of parabens and phthalates, this soothing mask at bedtime helps heal dry, cracked lips.

NOTE: When your skin is extra dry, you can add oil to your nightly skin regimen. Just mix a couple of drops of oil into your moisturizer and apply before bed.

With consistent use of these products and tips, your skin should start to feel better quickly. If you don’t notice relief, you may want to see a dermatologist. Very dry skin can sometimes require a prescription ointment or cream. Dry skin can also be a symptom of a skin condition or other underlying illness that requires treatment.