5 Skincare Tips for Winter
The seasons are starting to turn. The summer sun might be harsh, but wintertime’s unforgiving conditions can be even tougher on your skin.
Cold temperatures, strong winds, and desiccating central heating systems all take their toll on a person’s complexion, but there are a lot of different ways to minimize the damage that winter does to your skin.
Follow these skin care tips for a greater and more beautiful you!
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The human body is 70% water, and we lose a lot of it through our skin. Just because we sweat less during the frigid winter months doesn’t mean that we should drink less. For proper hydration and happy skin, drink eight glasses of water a day to keep the dry skin at bay.
2. Moisturize. The most common winter skin complaint is dry skin. It shows up most evidently on your face! To keep the dry skin under control, upgrade that moisturizer! Warmer weather usually requires using a thinner, lighter moisturizer or lotion formula, to prevent that sticky, greasy sensation and make sure that pores aren’t blocked. In the colder months, you don’t have to worry about stickiness quite so much, so pull out the extra strength stuff. Slather it on at least twice a day, to make extra sure that your skin is getting the nourishment it needs. Remember your lips! Keep some lip balm handy to keep your lips from getting chapped.
3. Swap out your alcohol-based skin products. Alcohol is great for getting things clean and getting rid of germs, but it can also strip the skin of the little oil it has. To cleanse your skin without drying it out, instead of alcohol-based foaming facial washes or toners, go for facial cleansing oils. Got oily skin? Don’t worry. The amazing news about most oil based facial cleansing products is that they are usually formulated to regulate sebum production. Try products made with nourishing components, like sesame, sunflower pr safflower oils.
4. Don’t skip the sun block. OK, so it’s much colder now, and the sun doesn’t seem quite so bright anymore. However, that doesn’t let you off the hook when it comes to your skin sun protection regime. Snow and ice can reflect those harmful UV rays, damaging your unsuspecting skin. If you plan on going outside, don’t forget to apply liberal amounts of sun protection lotions on any skin you might leave exposed, like your face and hands.
5. Dial down on the heating. Sounds counter intuitive? The thing with turning on the heating at full blast is that it sucks all of the humidity out of the air, drying out your skin and hair. Feeling chilly indoors? Try wearing a warm jumper instead.