Cold temperatures and whipping wind can wreak havoc on your skin. Keep your skin smooth, glowing, and healthy in the winter with these 10 tips.
Winter weather can dry your skin and strip it of essential oils. The single most important thing you can do for your skin in the winter is moisturizing properly.
If you use a regular moisturizer in warm weather, consider switching to something stronger when the temperatures drop. If you have dehydrated skin, consider an overnight moisturizer or something with petroleum.
However, if your skin tends to be oily, a heavy moisturizer can cause you to break out. People with oily skin should look for a moisturizer that says it will not clog pores.
Be sure you apply your moisturizer as soon as possible after you wash and dry your skin.
Protect Exposed Skin
When the winter wind blows, leave as little skin exposed to the elements as possible. Don’t neglect to wear gloves and to protect your neck and the lower part of your face with a scarf. Wear a hat to cover your ears and forehead, and protect your lips with a scarf when you go outside.
Dry skin can become flaky, causing you to exfoliate excessively. That can irritate your skin and increase inflammation. It can lead to more dry skin as well as break-outs.
Avoid Harsh Treatments
Peels and other chemical treatments may be great during warm weather but can damage your skin in the cold. Even if you live in the spa during the summer months, cut back significantly on your treatments during winter.
Instead of harsh chemical peels, consider a moisturizing treatment instead. You can have this done at the spa, or you can do it yourself at home. It’s easy to find recipes for moisturizing masks using common foods like avocados and bananas.
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
Many people think they only need to wear sunscreen in the summer, but that’s not true. The sun may not seem as hot in the winter, but its rays can still be harmful. Sunlight can also bounce off snow and cause damage to your skin.
Wear a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF any time you are planning to be outside. It will protect your skin from the sun and act as an extra barrier to bitter winds.
Dry air is what can cause your skin to crack, itch and become inflamed. You can fight phenomenon by using a humidifier in your home during winter months.
Humidifiers pump moisture into the air, and your skin will benefit. Not only will you find your dry skin soothed, but you’ll also notice fewer sore throats and other cold-like symptoms you can get from sleeping in dry air.
Cut Out Steaming Showers
A hot shower can feel great when you’re chilled to the bone, but it’s probably doing damage to your skin. Hot water will quickly dry out your skin. If your skin is red when you step out of the shower, your water is probably too hot.
Hot water can also cause irritation which leads to itching and even rashes. A lukewarm shower is much better for your skin and will also keep your hair hydrated an shiny.
Switch to Sensitive Products
Many people can use scented products in warm weather but must be much more careful when the temperatures drop. If your skin becomes noticeably flaky, irritated or itchy, try switching to a product specially made for sensitive skin. These products include no dyes or chemical scents that can cause your skin to react badly.
Treat Your Lips
Don’t forget the skin on your lips when it comes to harsh conditions. It’s important to keep your lips healthy to avoid painful chapping and ugly peeling.
Always carry a soothing lip balm in winter, preferably a product with sunscreen. Lip balms that contain beeswax or petroleum are especially useful for moisturizing.
Omega-3 is terrific for keeping your skin hydrated, smooth, and free from irritation, so get plenty of it during winter months especially.
You can take omega-3 in a supplement form, or you can eat foods that contain a lot of it. Get omega-3 in foods like salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed, and added to some products.
Winter is a tough time for your skin, so treat it well by using products that moisturize and protect. These tips will help you keep your skin soft and beautiful, even in the coldest weather.