When the weather outside is frightful, you want your skin to stay delightful. But keeping your skin healthy during the winter months is easier said than done. When the humidity level drops, the amount of moisture in the air lessens, which causes your skin to dry out. To to avoid dry skin in the winter, here are 10 skin care tips straight from our professional estheticians.
1. Use a Humidifier for Your Skin
Dry air = dry skin. A humidifier adds moisture into the air, which will prevent your skin from drying out. If you suffer from allergies or sinus conditions, a humidifier will also help to alleviate those problems.
2. Lower the Thermostat
As the cool, crisp air rolls in, the first thing you do is turn up the heat. But if dry skin is a concern, consider lowering the thermostat instead. As mentioned, dry air will suck the moisture out of your skin. Dry, hot air will suck the moisture out even faster.
3. Skip the Hot Water
There’s nothing like a long, hot shower, especially on a cold day, but hot water can dry out skin just as much as hot, dry air. Use lukewarm water instead. If you’re desperately craving one of those luxurious hot showers, just make it short.
4. Exfoliate Your Skin Often
There’s no better way to get rid of dry skin than through exfoliation. Gently scrub your face, feet, or other parts prone to dryness, at least once a week. This will also help moisturizers penetrate your skin better.
5. Moisturize Your Skin Frequently
Your best defense against dry skin is moisturizer, and lots of it. Apply lotion to your body daily, and to your face twice a day. Your hands are typically exposed to the elements the most, so moisturizer them as often as possible throughout the day. Look for lotions with cocoa butter, coconut oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins A, C and E. Avoid moisturizers with alcohol, which can dry out your skin.
6. Wear Lip Balm
It’s easy to forget about your lips, but once you do, they won’t let you forget again. Chapped lips can quickly become cracked, peeling, bleeding lips, so pile on the lip balm and carry a tube of it with you at all times for touch-ups. Look for lip balm that includes SPF as well as moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, mineral oil or coconut oil. Avoid peppermint and eucalyptus flavors, which could irritate your lips.
7. Don’t Forget the Sunscreen on Your Skin
It may be cold, gray, and gloomy outside, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the sunscreen. Snow can reflect the sun’s rays, increasing your risk of sun exposure. To protect your skin from the sun, apply a moisturizing SPF to all exposed areas of your body.
8. Switch Up Your Skin Products
During the winter months, leave the harsh chemical peels and alcohol-based astringents behind as these will only dry out your skin even more. Instead, switch over to cream cleansers and facial oils that hydrate your skin.
9. Leave Irritating Fabrics Behind
Avoid itchy wools and stiff fabrics that can irritate your skin. Also, if your clothes get wet, change them as soon as possible. Staying in wet clothes can cause itchiness and irritation.
10. Stay Hydrated in the Winter
While drinking large amounts of water won’t directly improve your skin’s hydration, it will keep you hydrated and healthy. A dehydrated person can’t have hydrated skin. Water also flushes toxins out of your skin and keeps it more receptive to moisturization.
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