Save Your Skin This Winter
Dry hands, irritated skin, chapped lips—those are just a few of the telltale signs that indicate winter has arrived. Winter can be a disaster for your skin — making it dry, itchy, and irritated. Cold conditions outside can leave your skin feeling raw, while the heat from indoors can easily remove moisture from the air and therefore from your skin.
Being proactive and updating your skin care regime to suit the season, can really help you battle the Wintery elements. We have put together a list of Winter skin care tips that we guarantee will keep you skin healthy, happy and glowing!
Look For Signs of Dryness
Make sure you are checking for signs of dry skin daily. You will notice things like your foundation patching, where it normally doesn’t or chapped lips becoming a daily (and very annoying) occurrence.
These small giveaways are signs of dryness in your skin that can be caused by the colder weather. When you start to notice these changes, it might be time to work in a new routine to you winter skincare regime.
Limit Time Spent (and Temperature) in the Shower
Taking long, steamy, hot showers may be very tempting during the Winter month, but your skin will be much better-served with a 5- to 10-minute lukewarm shower (or bath).
You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands and face, rule of thumb, if your skin turns red, the water is too hot. Washing your hands in cooler water appears to be as effective at removing germs as warm water and is less irritating to skin, so be mindful this season.
Apply Sunscreen (That’s right, Suncreen!)
Even though it’s December and you may not see the sun that much throughout the festive season, on bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays — up to 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation — increasing your risk of exposure.
That means whether you’re out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just out shopping, make sure to apply some suncreen as it’s just as important in the harsh winter weather as it is in the Summer sun.
Also, don’t be fooled by the dark, dismal, dreary days packed full of clouds. UV light can penetrate even the darkest day, so make sure you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.
You should be paying extra attention to staying hydrated throughout the Winter months. Even though temperatures are much colder, the winter also brings much drier air, which can unexpectedly lead to dehydration. This in turn can cause your body to feel sluggish and run-down, with muscle fatigue and dry skin sometimes being a side effect.
The colder weather of winter is often used as an excuse to exercise less and eat more. This can lead to weight gain, which can be further exacerbated by not drinking enough fluids.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Even though you are trying to keep as much moisture into you skin as possible throughout the winter months, you need to add exfoliation to your winter skincare regime. As we try to get as much moisture as possible into the skin, we need to clear a path for those products to penetrate.
If you have too many dead skin cells, that path is blocked and your skin remains dehydrated. Using oil and moisturizers regularly won’t do you any good if you’re not starting with a primed surface, so remember to exfoliate at least once a week to keep your skin, healthy and glowing.
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