The freezing weather conditions in the winter can wreak havoc in your skin. It can leave your skin feeling raw, dry, itchy, and irritated. Meanwhile, when you try to warm up to fight the cold, heat sources such as indoor heaters, fireplaces, and hot showers can dry out your skin even more and strip it of its natural oils.
The good news is there are many simple ways you can protect your skin from this harsh weather. You can keep your skin plump, radiant, and happy throughout the winter months. Today, we’ll be going through essential winter skincare tips you should know about. Let’s get started!
Keep the Air Moist at Home
The dry and cold winter air lets water evaporate off the surface of the skin surface faster and easier. This results in dryness, tightness, and flaking throughout your body. To prevent this, install a humidifier at home. By adding moisture into the air, you also replenish the hydration in your skin. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can also place a heat0safe bowl filled with water on top of your furnace.
Drink More Water
Apart from using a humidifier, drinking more water is also an excellent way to moisturize your skin from the inside out. Drink a couple of extra glasses of water that will help keep your skin hydrated throughout the cold winter days.
Avoid Hot Showers and Baths
As soothing it is to sink into a hot tub or step into a hot shower when it’s snowing out, you might want to switch to lukewarm water instead. The shock of switching from extremely cold and dry weather to hot water isn’t good for your skin. Moreover, the excessively hot water dehydrates the skin.
Instead, take a quick lukewarm shower and keep your bathroom door closed. After your shower or bath, pat-dry your skin with a towel and moisturize immediately with a rich and hydrating lotion.
Now more than ever, moisturizing takes center stage if you want to keep your skin happy during the winter. A heavier moisturizer helps replenish your skin of any natural oils that the cold weather tends to strip off. Don’t forget to moisturize every part of your skin especially after a shower or after washing your hands.
Go For Fragrance-Free and Alcohol-Free Products
Regular bar soaps tend to have ingredients like fragrances that irritate the skin more during the winter. Use fragrance-free and moisturizing gel or foam cleansers to avoid winter skin problems.
Stay away from alcohol-based products as well to
A broad-spectrum sunscreen is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. The sun’s harmful UV rays permeate clouds and can still damage your skin. Moreover, the snow reflects the sun’s rays on bright winter days up to 80 percent which increases your risk of exposure.