Have you had enough of enduring dry, itchy, and patchy skin during the winter? You’re certainly not alone - all skin types tend to suffer when the temperatures drop, and dryness tends to make a few of the most common issues even worse.
This season you’ll be able to show up for all of those Christmas parties with a healthy glow and with a perfectly moisturized face. Just follow a few of these steps, and you should be able to take care of the stuff we dislike the most about winter: dry skin, patchy lips, and red-ish hands.
Here is a quick guide to keeping your skin nourished for the next couple of months so that you can smile at yourself in the mirror without cracking up - literally, that is.
Swap out your skincare products
The products you use on your skin during spring and summer won’t necessarily be as good for you when the temperatures drop. Just like you tend to crave warm blankets and bottomless cups of tea during the cold season, your skin is going to crave moisture. Take a look at the skincare products you have in your cabinet at the moment and consider if a few of them should be allowed to rest until spring.
Light creams, for example, and cleansing facial cleaners may not be as nourishing as richer products. Try to find some all natural face exfoliators if you struggle with oily as well as dry skin so that you can clear away dead skin cells without drying out your skin even more. The most important thing you can do for your skin, after all, is to make sure that the creams you apply are suitable.
Remember to use a rich lotion, body butter or oil as well, and apply it as soon as you’re out the shower to seal in moisture.
Cut down on your showers
Talking about your grooming routines; if you manage to cut down on the time you spend in the shower as well as decreasing the temperature slightly, you might notice a huge difference on your skin. While it may be hard to not stand in the shower forever and just feel the hot water when it’s ice cold outside, you will be doing to skin a huge favor. Try to use products in the shower that are mild as well, and steer clear of heavily fragranced products and those that contain alcohol.
Those with very dry skin may want to consider using all natural soap or shower cream that are made for those with skin sensitivities or allergies. It’s a little bit more expensive but definitely worth it if you want to avoid itchiness and dryness.
Moisturize the air
Finally, you should try to take care of one of the main things that is causing our skin to dry out and our hair to go all frizzy. While the air outside is freezing cold and unpleasant, all of that electrical heating inside isn’t really making it any better for you.
It’s not like you’re going to stop heating up your place, though, as it’s surely better to have dry skin and frizzy hair than shivering when you’re trying to relax at home. Just invest in an air humidifier instead; it will pump some moisture back into the air when you’re at home so that your skin won’t dry out so much.
It’s good to breathe in as well, and you will certainly notice a difference on your skin and hair. Just find one that is reasonably priced and with the capacity to cover your entire home. Alternatively, you can just move it around your home in case you live in a house and don’t want to spend all your savings on a huge humidifier.
Skincare during winter requires a bit of extra thought and care - especially when you want to avoid dry skin. Remember to drink enough water as well, and treat yourself to a face mask once or twice a week to maintain that healthy glow.