During the winter, the harsh cold climate and dry indoor air can leave skin in a bad condition. Use these winter skin care tips to keep your skin healthy, moisturized, and looking good throughout the season.
Winter skincare needs a little extra time and effort due to the harsh conditions that our skin goes through. The skin is exposed to the cold air, the wind, and the sun. In colder climates, low humidity is common, robbing skin of moisture every second of every day.
It’s no surprise that our skin becomes dry, flaky, and itchy. When skin becomes dry, it is more likely to crack and bleed.
We have handpicked the top skin care tips to help you this winter.
Limit Shower Time and Temperature
Although it may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, we recommend a 5-10-minute lukewarm shower. When washing your hands, avoid using excessively hot water. It can cause your skin to turn red, and dry. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing your hands in cooler water is just as effective at removing germs as washing them in warm water and it is less irritating to the skin. And, if you’re going to use a restroom air hand dryer, only use it until your hands are damp, not completely dry.
Opt for Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers
The use of the incorrect soap can aggravate itchy, dry skin. Regular bar soaps, for example, may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Use a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel instead. Also, look for products that are specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” as “fragranced” items may contain chemicals. You can also avoid winter skin problems by using less soap overall.
Modify your skincare
Choose cream-based cleansers during the winter months, and use toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can cause your skin to become even drier. When your skin is dry and itchy, avoid using products that contain alcohol or fragrances. This way your skin will retain its natural oils. Apply a thicker moisturizer to your face at night.
Don’t forget about your lips. Using a moisturizing balm (such as petroleum jelly or another ointment) can help heal dry, cracked lips and prevent them from becoming chapped.
Applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather is just as important as it is in the summer, whether you’re out on the slopes, or simply walking through a parking lot on an errand run.
Also, don’t be fooled by the darker, gloomier days of winter. UV rays from the sun can penetrate clouds and cause damage. Apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body before going outside.
Wear comfortable and non-irritating clothing
Dry winter skin can be aggravated by many cold-weather fabrics. Keep wool and rough clothing away from your skin, it can result in dry and irritated skin. Instead, wear light layers against your skin made of soft, breathable materials before pulling on your heavier, warmer sweaters. Wear gloves or mittens to protect your hands from the cold winter air, making sure to choose a pair that won’t irritate your skin.
Remember to Eat Right and Stay Hydrated
Foods or supplements containing omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil, can help when the skin is very dry. However, for the most part, it is critical to assist the skin in moisturizing from the outside. Keep a water bottle around you, to keep yourself hydrated.
We hope these tips will help you to protect your skin from harsh weather conditions.
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