Winters are pleasant, snow falls are pretty, and the holiday was fun. But there are numbers of reasons why winter is such an unwelcome season for most people with skin problems. Cold clear days of winter not only bring rosy red cheeks, it also brings uncomfortable dryness and itchy feeling to the skin. To prevent this from happening, we put together some simple and easy winter skin care tips to help you through.
Take a Warm Shower – Skip LONG, HOT SHOWERS. Hot water strips the natural oils of your skin faster than warm water. Limit yourself to five to ten minutes warm shower or bath a day because long shower or bath may cause skin dryness, itchy feeling and sometimes redness of the skin.
Cleanse – Use a gentle cleanser with moisturizer instead of harsh cleanser. Always check the label and the ingredients of your daily cleanser. Go for unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleansers.
Moisturize – After you take a shower or bath, pat your skin with a dry towel and immediately apply your moisturizer while your skin is still moist. Apply a moisturizer within three to five minutes of washing to lock moisture in. If you are using a water-based moisturizer during summer time, well, it won’t work during the winter season. Look for an “ointment” moisturizer that is oil-based. Oil-based moisturizer will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
I’m sure you’re asking what to look for in a skin moisturizer? Here’re bonus tips for you! J
Check the ingredients of your skin moisturizer and look for:
Ceramides – Ceramides help the skin hold water and soothe dry skin. Synthetic ceramides can mimic the natural substances in the outermost layer of skin that help keep moisture in.
Dimethicone or Glycerin – These substances draw water to the skin and keep it there.
Hyaluronic Acid – It helps skin hold water (like ceramides).
Lanolin, Mineral Oil, and Petrolatum – These help skin hold on to water absorbed during bathing.
Put on Your Sunscreen – Yes, you heard me right! You will still be needing your sunscreen during the winter season. Sunscreens aren’t just for summertime. The winter sun and snow glare can still damage your skin. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to your face and hand (if they’re exposed) 30 minutes before going out. Reapply if needed.
Use a Humidifier – During winter months, indoor air can become extremely dry. Maintaining a normal level of humidity in your home can help soothe itchy dry skin and prevent skin from drying out because humidifiers get more moisture in the air. Make sure to place several small humidifiers around your home.
Drink Plenty of Water – There are many good reasons why you need to drink plenty of water: It’s refreshing, it helps your brain function properly, maintains your energy and so on. Drinking plenty of water is also important if you want to have a healthy skin. Yes, water doesn’t go straight to the skin, but when you ingest it, it gets absorbed into your bloodstream and it helps in producing and maintaining your skin’s natural oils.
Keeping your skin healthy and smooth despite the winter season doesn’t have to be difficult and pricey. You just have to remember the four basic rules in your daily skin care: Cleanse, Treat, Moisturize, and Protect.