Winter Skin Care Tips
As the winters approach, dry skin is the first problem that usually concerns many people. Dry skin is very irritable. Our face is the most exposed part and that’s why it gets affected the most. There are lots of remedies to keep your skin dewy soft and smooth in those harsh cold days.
During winters, the indoor heating causes dryness to the skin. Therefore you need to keep yourself hydrated enough to keep dryness at bay. Dryness can be very uncomfortable, it’s not only affecting your face, but your hands, feet, legs even the whole body suffers.
There are a number of home remedies that can be helpful in dealing with this issue. You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.
- Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s 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. Olive Oil is a very good moisturizer and it’s safe as well for all skin types. It gives the vital nourishment to the skin as well.
- Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreento your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
- The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
- Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
- Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids.
- A long, hot bath or shower may seem super appealing after braving the cold, it might not be the best thing for your skin. You don’t want to wash away the protective oils which help lock moisture in. But if you keep your showers to 15 minutes or less and only opt for hot water periodically, you should be good.
- Tinted moisturizers are the in thing, so use them instead of putting layers of products over your face.
- Don’t forget about your lips. Brush them with a toothbrush to take off any dead skin while you are bathing. Frequently, apply any good lip balm or any chap stick that suits your lips.
- During the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
- If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.