With humidity at it’s lowest and your heating bill at it’s highest, your skin can turn into an itchy flaky mess! Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, it can add years to your appearance. Don’t fret, you won’t have to hibernate this winter, keep your skin moist and protected with these Winter Skin Care Tips!
Choose oil-based moisturizers over water based for winter. Use thick creams (usually found in jars or tubs) or greasy ointments like Aquaphor or Vaseline petroleum jelly for your elbows, knees and feet instead of traditional lotions. Look for one with ingredients like petrolatum, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and cyclomethicone—all of which help prevent water loss from your skin.
Humidifiers aren’t just for colds. Heating your house with central heat, space heaters and fireplaces all contribute to drying out your skin. Putting a few humidifiers throughout your home can help keep your skin moisturized.
Avoid Hot Showers and Baths
This is hardest during cold winter months but hot showers and baths will strip skin of it’s natural protective oils that help seal in moisture. Instead, set your water to warm and moisturize as soon as you get out. Also, be sure to use a mild soap or oil infused shower gel when sudsing up, exfoliate at least once a week and gently pat, don’t rub when drying off!
Don’t pack away your summer sunscreen; winter sun and snow glare can damage your skin too. Protect your skin by applying it 30 minutes before you head outside and reapplying every 2 hours while outdoors.
Scratching irritates dry skin. When you feel the need to scratch coming on, grab your moisturizer. Your skin will thank you!
Drink Plenty of Water
Water will keep your skin hydrated and provide moist environments for your ears, nose and throat. Limit your soda and caffeine intake. Caffeine is a diuretic, which will promote urination and tend to dry out the body overall.