Skin can become dry and brittle during winter, so taking a different approach to skin care during these cold, harsh months should be a priority.
While most people think keeping their skin moisturized is the only thing you need to do for healthy winter skin care, there are a few other things you can do to ensure your skin stays smooth and supple.
What should you do during winter to take care of your skin?
Here are a few suggestions:
Don’t change all your products
When winter comes, most people start switching their products and regimen to maintain a balance.
It’s essential to fully understand your skin type to ensure you’re using the right products.
Switching up everything is overkill and can do more harm than good.
Take note of your environment, which products irritate your skin, and if you must change the current routine, substitute one product at a time.
Continue using sunscreen
Sun protection is also vital to keep your skin healthy and smooth. Winter brings cold weather, but the sun still does its job.
When going outside, it may seem as if there is enough cloud coverage, but UV rays can still cause damage even when you don’t think they are there.
Wear a sunhat and apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when outdoors.
Take some vitamin D orally to ensure your skin gets what it needs during the cold season.
You should add a deep moisturizer if you have to apply additional moisture to your skin throughout the day.
Yes, you should drink water, but there are other ways to keep skin hydrated and looking fresh.
Check your skin care ingredients to ensure they won’t dry out the skin.
Skinprint products have cleansers, hydrating serums, and moisture masks to restore and seal moisture in the skin and protect it from becoming red and raw.
Another good way to stay hydrated is drinking green tea instead of coffee.
Use a humidifier
Humidifiers work wonders when adding moisture to the air.
The cold weather dries out the skin, but a humidifier in the room or areas where you spend the most time keeps your skin hydrated.
Use warm water
Although many people like hot showers, warm water to shower or bathe works better in winter.
When the water is scalding hot, it can dry your skin out. Warm water helps retain moisture, primarily since the cold weather is known to cause itchy, dry, inflamed skin. Coupled with professional skin care treatments, your skin should feel healthy and rejuvenated without dryness.
In fact, winter is an excellent time to have skin care treatments like microneedling because you can avoid a lot of sun exposure.
It is also an excellent time to start considering laser hair removal.
Pay attention to your hands
The winter cold can wreak havoc on your skin health, but what about your hands?
The hands are one of the first things to suffer when it gets cold outside because of heavy use. Washing your hands and going out into the cold can dry your skin and make it chapped, cracked, and sore.
Using a moisturizing soap is a good idea, and then applying hand cream directly after.
For deeper conditioning, use hand cream before bed and wear cotton gloves. Your hands will feel soft and supple in the morning.
Avoid too much alcohol
While this can affect the skin any time of year, drinking alcohol dehydrates the skin.
If you go outside and are already dehydrated, your skin can look dull.
You may also have issues sleeping.
If you have any skin conditions like eczema, alcohol will also increase inflammation.
Limit the alcohol you consume and drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Get a foot peel
Feet are often left out during the winter, and it’s easy to forget them, but using a good moisturizer can go a long way.
However, if you want an even more intensive treatment for your feet that will make them feel like new again, all while helping with some other issues such as dryness or calluses, try getting yourself a foot peel.
Using a good moisturizer is a start, but a foot peel will help your skin feel like new.
Pat, don’t rub
Pat your skin instead of rubbing it when getting out of the shower or after washing your hands. This will help retain moisture and seal in hydration with a thick moisturizer.
Additionally, try to avoid excessive scrubbing or using harsh soaps. Gentle cleansers and natural oils benefit your skin, and regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day and incorporate foods with high levels of antioxidants into your diet. These will help protect against environmental stressors like pollution that can damage your skin.
Check your thermostat
It may feel chilly in your home, but high heat can dry the air, which is unsuitable for the skin.
Instead, take the time to put your thermostat in a cool, comfortable setting to retain the moisture in your skin.
Coupled with a humidifier, your skin will stay hydrated and moisturized.
Maintain your moisturizer
You should use a moisturizer all over your body.
A body cleanser and facial cleanser should add moisture to the skin.
Thick, creamy cleansers work well during the winter months.
When it comes to face and body moisturizers, you want to use moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, mineral oil, shea butter, and other ingredients known to moisturize the skin.
Call us today for more details on caring for your skin during the winter.