The winter time can have a particularly devastating effect on the skin. From bitter cold temperature to dry arctic air, your skin bears the brunt of this damage. And it’s not just the outside air that is destroying your skin. In fact, central heat can strip moisture from your skin, causing a number of problems. Your skin can become flaky, dry, dull, and even develop aging signs. But, there’s some good news! There are a few easy things you can do to ensure your skin stays silky soft, hydrated, and bright. Keep reading for our list of 5 Winter Skincare Tips.
Top 5 Winter Skincare Tips
It can be tough to write an article on something as big as skincare in the winter. But we feel comfortable narrowing it down to these five. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.
Keep The Water Temps Low Low Low
When you’re cold to the bone, there’s nothing better than a nice, hot shower. However, did you know that anything warmer than lukewarm can strip the moisture from your skin? This results in dry, flaky skin and maybe even a rough, scaly texture. Plus, many people experience lots of redness, and even capillary damage due to too hot water temperatures. As often as you can, opt for lukewarm or colder water, especially to wash your face and your hands. This will keep this delicate skin looking youthful and smooth.
Bring In The Moisture!
Whether or not you take hot showers, make sure to moisturize right after. After showering, your pores are wide open and especially thirsty for hydration. Using moisturizer right after showering seals in the hydration, instead of letting it evaporate into thin air. We recommend using an oil based moisturizer as opposed to a petroleum based moisturizers, which actually dry out your skin more. But, don’t let the word ‘oil’ scare you. Many oils have the ability to balance, rejuvenate, or brighten the skin. So, use liberally and use often!
Eat, Drink And Have Merry Skin
Drink water. Lots of it. We understand that warmer beverages are more appealing when it’s cold outside. It’s very common to be dehydrated in the winter for these reasons. So, give your body what it wants with herbal teas and warm water with lemon juice. Keep a water bottle near your bed for nightly sips. Because, as they say, when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Dehydration can affect your skin in surprising ways, so be sure to stay hydrated.
You can also eat your water by choosing foods high in water content. Watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi, tomatoes, cucumbers, and celery are all great choices. Plus, foods rich in zinc and vitamin C support healthy collagen production. Not to mention foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will provide nourishment for your skin cells. Basically, as much as possible, opt for fruits and vegetables low in sugar and you should be just fine.
Cover Up And Protect Your Skin
It’s important to protect the most delicate skin on your hands, neck, and face. So, get used to wearing hats, scarves and gloves. Plus, it’s just as important in the winter to slather on the sunscreen as it is in the summer. In fact, during the winter, the sun’s rays reflect off the snow and hit your face at different angles than in the summer. So, make sure to use an SPF of 30 or more.
Hydrate The Air, Too
For the best looking skin, invest in a solid humidifier. This will not only help your skin stay supple and beautiful, but it’ll also support healthy hair and lungs. Dry air is one of the biggest hazards to your skin, so it’s best to buy humidifiers for the rooms you spend the most time in. Your bedroom and living room are among the most important places.