Winter isn’t the best of times for your skin. The cold dry air can really take its toll and leave your skin dry, itchy and even damaged. But there is hope if you follow a few simple tips.
One of the most basic and fundamental things that you can do to protect your skin in the winter is to moisturize more. However, it may not be quite as simple as that because what moisturizer works in the summer doesn’t mean that it will be the best one for you to use in winter. What many people find useful is to go for an oil based moisturizer which then creates a protective layer on the skin. This both retains moisture and protects from the worst of the winter cold and damp.
Don’t forget to protect your skin
Think that sunscreen is only for the summer? Think again. Winter sun (and snow glare if it snows) can damage your skin. If you’re not wearing sunscreen (or a foundation or moisturizer) that has at least a factor 15 rating than your skin could be being damaged and ageing on a daily basis throughout winter. Don’t be afraid to reapply it several times a day either, especially if you are outside for long periods of time.
Pay attention to your hands
The skin on your hands is thinner than much of the rest of your body and has less oil glands. This mean that it is much harder to keep your hands nice and moist and it also means that they will dry out much easier, leading to itchy, dry and cracked skin. To protect your skin, always wear good quality woolen gloves and moisturize regularly.
Use a humidifier
At home or work, if you have a humidifier, use it. Humidifiers help to get more moisture in the air which is essential if you have central heating which dries the air out. If you can, place several humidifiers around your home (and office if possible) and you’ll find your skin really perks up and doesn’t feel as dry.
Drink more water
One of the most important things not just to keep your skin looking good but for your general health too. OK, it isn’t going to miraculously get rid of lines or get rid of dry skin but it makes a massive contribution to your overall health and your skin is like a mirror to your internal health.
No more hot baths
There’s no doubt that lazing in a hot bath after a long day in the cold feels GREAT. But chances are it isn’t really doing much good for your skin. Very hot water actually helps to break down your skin which then leads to a loss of moisture. It may not feel quite as good, but if you want the best bath for your skin then go for a lukewarm bath. Add baking soda or oatmeal if your skin has become so dry it is itchy. Then once dry, apply a good moisturizer.