Winter can leave your skin feeling dry, red, irritated and itchy. Help protect your skin against the winter blues with these easy tips.
Inside the Home
During winter, you’ll probably amp up the temperature in your home, but doing this can have a drying effect on the air in your home. This can lead to dry, irritated skin, so keep the central heating set to a cooler, but comfortable temperature. Layer your clothing and try to stay warm that way instead.
If you do turn your heating up to keep warm, you should run a humidifier alongside it so you can put some moisture back in your home. You’ll need a humidifier for each room that you spend a lot of time in.
You’ll also need to avoid excessively hot baths and showers. The hot water can strip moisture from your skin. If you absolutely can’t live without a hot shower, limit it to ten minutes. Pat your skin dry afterwards, and use a good quality moisturizing lotion.
You’ll also need to make sure that you keep hydrated. It can be easy to forget to drink water during winter, because we tend to drink more tea, coffee and hot chocolate to warm up. However, drinking enough water is incredibly important, so you could try switching one coffee for a hot water and lemon.
Outside the Home
When you’re venturing outside your home, make sure you take steps to protect your skin. Wear layers of clothing to keep warm, and a warm hat, but don’t forget to wear a sunscreen. The winter sun can be just as damaging as the summer sun, so using an appropriate sunscreen is imperative.
Your skin’s needs may change over winter, so you may have to change your skincare products. Your cleanser may be too harsh to help your skin through the winter, so consider changing it to a more gentle cleanser, and preferably one with moisturizing properties.
You might also need to add a night moisturizer to your skin care routine. Look for one that suits your skin type and meets your winter needs. You may want to consider one that acts as a deep moisturizing face mask and really hydrates your skin.
If your current moisturizer isn’t helping your skin get through the winter months, you’ll need to change it. Look for one with hyaluronic acid, which is is found naturally occurring in your skin.
Another tip to help moisturize your skin is to use a facial serum before applying your moisturizer. It will boost the effectiveness of your moisturizer, and if you use one with Vitamin C, it can give your skin a brighter glow.
You should also add a good exfoliating mask to your regimen. It will get rid of any dead skin cells and leave your skin looking brighter and more youthful. You should never use an exfoliator everyday; aim for only twice a week use.
Lastly, don’t forget your lips. Cold weather can leave your lips chapped and sore, so make sure you use a lip balm. Also make sure that the one you use offers SPF protection.