Winter Skin Care
Taking care of your skin during the winters can be hard, especially if you’re suffering from dry skin. The cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, robbing it of natural oils and leaving it dry and itchy. In some cases, it can even cause severely dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. To prevent these from occurring, it is important to create a winter months skin care routine to something that's more appropriate for the season. We show you how.
Stay Hydrated at all Times: The winter season is characterized by cold, dry air that can really suck out all the moisture from the surface of your skin since it is easier for the water on your skin to evaporate. To prevent this, make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. The season may not make you feel very thirsty, so it is crucial that you maintain a healthy intake of water throughout the day. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home. This will certainly keep your skin happy.
Dry Skin After Shower
Take showers and baths using lukewarm water: It can very tempting to go for ultra hot showers when the temperature drops, but for the sake of your skin, we suggest you stick to lukewarm baths only. Hot water is very drying, and in the already dry weather, can deplete your skin of all the moisture it requires leading to the development of cracks and winter eczema. Once you have taken a bath with some lukewarm water, try to lock in all the moisture by using a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This will keep the moisture barrier intact to prevent dryness.
Your winter months skin has very different requirements as compared to your skin during the summer months, So make sure to treat it as such. The key to healthy and glowing winter skin is using mild skin care products. Choose cleansers that contain moisturizing agents so as to avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisture. If you routinely suffer from acne or breakouts, use products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, hydration serums, and glycerin to help in repairing the moisture barrier of your skin. Avoid using masks and peels, astringent lotions, and any product that contains alcohol as they make your skin dry during winters.
Getting to see the sun during the hard winter months can feel like a blessing, but this doesn’t mean that you can skimp out on sunscreen, as the harmful UV rays can still cause a lot of damage. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Also, avoid going outside immediately after you have washed your hands or after a shower. Wait for the skin to dry because damp skin tends to crack easily in the cold.
You should exfoliate only once a week. Exfoliating is generally considered to be great for the skin as it helps in getting rid of dead cells. But you have to be careful during winters because your skin barrier is already compromised due to the dry and cold weather, you don’t want to lose it with excess exfoliation. Exfoliating your skin once a week is fine – this helps in boosting skin regeneration and better product absorption. Also, you should exfoliate depending on your skin type. If you have very dry skin, avoid exfoliating at all. If you have combination and oily skin, once a week is fine.
The skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands as compared to the skin on any other body part. This is the reason why you’ll see that in the colder Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, hand cream is a daily essential that women cannot live without. So, in the winter months moisturize not just your face but also the rest of your body, including your hands.
All in all, the key is to make sure that you’re getting enough water and moisturizing your skin on a daily basis to keep it soft and glowing, even during the winter months.