Heavy snow, gusty winds and icy breeze – winter is finally here! Is your skin ready to survive the cold weather? You probably know that winter can be a difficult time for your skin. Without the right skin care, the harsh weather outside can make your skin fall victim to dryness, flaking and irritation during the colder months. So how do you fight back against winter’s ravages? Your skin definitely needs some TLC!
Avoid Long, Hot Showers
Taking a steamy, hot bath or soaking in the tub may sound perfect when the temperature is freezing. However, heat can harm your skin, making it more susceptible damage. It breaks down your skin’s natural protective oil, leaving your skin dry and tight. Shower or bathe in warm water (not hot) and keep it short to prevent over-drying your skin.
The cold weather is not an excuse to skip ridding your skin of dead cells. Exfoliating your skin will help speed up skin cell regeneration and it also helps moisturizer to go deeply into the skin, allowing new skin cells to surface. Buff your skin gently twice or thrice a week with a mild exfoliantor with a natural bead scrub like jojoba.
Applying a moisturizer to your skin daily is one of the best ways to “winterize” your skin. Remember, as temperatures drop, so does your skin’s moisture. Opt for a moisturizer that contains natural moisturizing ingredients, such as shea butter and Vitamin E as these can help keep moisture sealed in all day long.
If your skin is uncomfortably dry, you can also apply a hydrating night cream that contains regenerating and restorative ingredients, like avocado oil, for refreshing, deep and lasting moisture. Here are some secrets to lock in that much-needed moisture:
- Always Smooth Your Moisturizer On Damp Skin.
- Moisturize With The Bathroom Door Closed To Maintain Humidity. Doing so will allow humectants found in your moisturizer to pull and lock in moisture into the skin for optimal hydration.
- Check The Label. Hydrators that dermatologists love are hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramides. Glyceryl glucoside is a “new breed” of hydrator that is touted as a supersized version of the humectant glycerin. This new hydrator boosts hydration by pulling moisture from the atmosphere into the deeper layers of the skin.
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
Some people think that they don’t need sunscreen during winter – which is wrong. Although you can’t feel the sun’s scorching heat, UV rays can still interfere with your skin’s barrier function. Ceramides in your skin may nose-dive, preventing it from holding onto moisture. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every morning and don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day.
Prep your Lips
Keep your lips well-moisturized and prevent chapped lips by applying a thick layer of balm.
Beat Winter with these Skin Care Tips!