For many people, winter weather isn’t fun for their skin. The cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then strips the moisture from the skin. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding. And the harsh winter wind only makes the problem worse. Extra moisture helps but you need to do more to counteract these effects and keep your skin looking youthful and smooth.
This is the season during which you need to be extra careful about your body. Some people even experience flaking and cracking. Winter dryness tends to strike where your oil glands are the weakest. Your cheeks, arms and legs have almost no sebaceous oil glands and are thus drier in winter. And because the skin on hands is thinner than in other places, it needs extra protection and care.
To reduce chapping, redness and keep skin healthy and comfortable during winter, try these tips.
Wash in lukewarm water
Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter. But when you can, especially when washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping oils away from the skin. Lukewarm water helps in detoxifying your skin by reducing the excess of oil from your skin pores.
The freezing temperatures during winter make it compulsory to protect your skin by wearing gloves and scarves. There are many external changes affecting your skin like cold harsh winds, rain and snow. And the winter sun can also cause equal damage as the summer sun, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas
Drink enough water and follow an eating plan
Often, if you don’t drink enough water you’ll lack of hydration causing your skin more harm in the winter months. So you should keep in mind to drink enough water, even during winter to remain healthy and hydrated from within. Your eating plan also has a big effect on the way your skin looks. So to protect your skin, it’s important to drink at least eight glasses of water and keep nourishing your body by eating vegetables and healthy fats. It’s a bonus if you’re a lover of green tea as the antioxidants are an added boost for your skin. Look for foods containing calcium and vitamin D. And if any skin problems arise, then it might be best to consult a dermatologist.
Many people forget to regularly exfoliate your skin. But exfoliation is important for the removal of dead skin cells in the winter. It doesn’t matter how cold and dry the air gets, exfoliation will be the key to you having smooth skin this winter. You’ve spent the summer outdoors in the heat and sun and the shift to winter will be noticeable as sunburn or sunspots. Exfoliate your skin to prevent dry skin and to help maintain luminosity. You can choose from a variety of skin exfoliating products as there are many brands and makes available. Consider investing in high quality exfoliating masks, creams, face washes and so forth. You need to gently apply the products on your hands, face and lips and continue to moisturise regularly to avoid the drying up of the skin.
Change your cleanser
If you’re used to using products containing glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturising ingredients. It’s very important to cleanse your skin with a good cleanser. But too much cleansing can lead to the drying out of your skin by preventing the absorption of your natural oils produced by your skin pores. It’s necessary to use a good moisturiser after every cleansing session because it’ll prevent your skin from dehydration. And don’t forget to apply a moisturising toner and cream to seal the moisture. You should invest in a cream that specifically targets dry and sensitive areas on your skin. After cleansing, you shouldn’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as it can dehydrate the skin, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturiser to seal in moisture.
This is another main solution for treating dry skin problems in winter. Your skin tends to get dry and lifeless because of the lack of humidity. Heating systems dry out the air, so you should consider installing a humidifier in your home, especially in your bedroom. It’ll put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
Winter is here, so it’s important to get into a routine that will keep your skin soft and glowing. Follow these six tips to ensure you have a healthy, beautiful skin.