- Winter weather is not fun for your skin. The winter brings cold weather and low humidity resulting in dry air that steals the moisture away from your skin. The winter also brings cold dry winds, which can make it worse. Without care, your skin can lead to cracks and, in some cases, bleeding can occur. Learn how to give your winter skin care a boost while reduce chapping, redness, itching, and dry skin with the following tips.
- Moisturize More
Your spring and summer moisturizer may be the best product for your skin, but as the weather changes, so should your skin care routine. Find an moisturizer that is oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Most lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.
- Protect Yourself
During the winter, you should get used to wearing gloves, scarves and a toque (beanie for our American friends) to protect your skin from the harsh winter weather. Also, don’t forget to apply a sun screen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.
- Stay Hydrated
We all love our hot cocoa our favorite hot drink during the winter time. But, don’t forget to keep hydrated because your skin needs it from the inside and out. Try a little warm water with a lemon that can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
- Exfoliate Gently
Don’t exfoliate too much. If your skin is already dry and flaky, don’t exfoliate more than you normally would. Look at your cabinet and take out any peeling agents or harsh exfoliators because they will further weaken and strip your skin barrier. If you’re using a salicylic or glycolic-acid cleanser to exfoliate, try substituting with a gentle cleanser instead.
- Look At The Labels
We’re talking about the labels inside the clothing that tell you what it is made of because if you’re a person with eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. In addition, glutathione is considered the “master anti-oxidant” and helps your body detox.
- Seek A Specialist
If you go to your local pharmacy or drugstore, you may find a lot of different advice about what skin products to use for the winter. To avoid the confusion, it’s best to got to an aesthetician or your doctor. They have the necessary tools and can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.