They say: “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to excel in the cold.” It is true! Winter has its own charm. But have you ever noticed the havoc it could cause on your skin? The cold air removes the natural oils from the skin, leaving it dry and itchy. It can even cause severe dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. That’s why you need to take care of it. In this article, I have listed 15 tips you can follow to keep your skin super happy during the winter.
1. Use Lukewarm Water
It is very tempting to go to hot showers when the temperature is going down. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Instead, use warm water to bathe and wash your face. Hot water showers dry your skin quickly and, if you do not immediately hydrate it, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema. Once you have taken a warm shower, apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This will keep the moisture barrier intact and prevent dryness.
2. Stay Hydrated
Be it inside your home or outside, the air is drier in winter. And as a result, water evaporates from your body easily. Hence, you need to keep your skin hydrated. An easy way to keep it hydrated is by drinking lots of water. Although you might not feel as thirsty during winters as the other seasons, you need to maintain your regular water intake. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home. This will certainly keep your skin happy.
3. Choose Skin Care Products Wisely
What kept your skin happy during the summers can make you sad during winters. And that is why you need to change your products for skin care accordingly. The key to a healthy and shiny winter skin is to use mild products for skin care. Choose cleansers that contain moisturizers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural barrier against moisture. If you have acne or breakouts, use products that contain ceramides, hyaluronic acid, hydration serums, and glycerin to help repair your skin’s moisture barrier.
Avoid masks and exfoliations, astringent lotions and any product that contains alcohol, as they make your skin dry during winters.
4. Protect Your Skin
The skin should be protected from cold wind, snow or rain if it is coming out in winter. Therefore, wear gloves and hats and do not forget your sunscreen lotion. The warm rays of the sun are nice, but UV rays can damage your skin a lot. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Also, avoid going outside after washing your hands or after a shower. Wait for the skin to dry because of the wet skin tends to crack in the cold.
5. Do Not Exfoliate Much
Exfoliate the skin helps to get rid of dead cells. But you must be careful during the winters because the barrier of your skin is already compromised due to the dry and cold weather. And you do not want to lose it with excess exfoliation. Exfoliate your skin once a week is fine, this helps improve skin regeneration and better absorption of the product. In addition, you must exfoliate depending on your skin type. If you have very dry skin, avoid exfoliation. If you have mixed skin and fat, once a week is fine.
6. Don’t Forget The Hands
The skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands compared to the skin on any other part of the body. That’s why moisture escapes from your hands quickly, making them prone to cracking and itching. Apply a moisturizer and wear wool gloves when you leave. If you are allergic to wool, wear thin cotton gloves and then use the wool gloves on them.
7. Care For Your Feet
Choose glycerin-based creams and petroleum jelly to hydrate your feet. Also, be sure to exfoliate the skin of your feet from time to time so that it absorbs the moisturizer easily.
8. Do Not Wear Wet Clothes For Too Long
This will further irritate the skin and cause itching. Walking and playing in the snow is fine, but be sure to remove your wet socks, pants and gloves as soon as possible.
9. Avoid Anything That Irritates The Skin
Follow this if you have persistent skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. Winter skin is extremely fragile and exposure to allergens can trigger your symptoms. Many people are allergic to wool but can not resist the temptation to wear their winter fabrics. If this is the same scenario for you, always choose winter clothes that are made of high quality wool. If possible, wear winter clothing made of cotton or wool or any other material.
10. Don’t Ditch The Sunglass