Keeping your skin moisturized is the name of the game throughout the winter months. Every year, seasonal dry air deprives your skin of moisture, causing it to flake, crack and chap. But there are ways to protect it from winter trauma and keep it soft and healthy all season long. Here are 5 ways to protect your skin from the harsh winter air.
Damaged skin doesn't just come from being outside; blasting the heat and sitting in front of the fire are also surefire ways to dry out your skin. You can easily combat this problem by pulling your trusty humidifier out of the storage cabinet. It infuses the air with moisture to help soothe the tight, itchy feeling that comes along with dehydrated skin. The best time to use them is overnight when they work wonders on your skin and provide additional benefits. For the people who don't want to make the extra effort to constantly clean and refill the humidifier, there are different DIY ways to get the same effect. One of the most popular is to fill a metal or ceramic bowl with water and set it on the radiator (or another heat source). The steam will escape the bowl and fill the air with much-needed moisture.
Bundling up in the deep freeze is necessary to stay warm but it's also a great way to protect your skin. Your hands, neck and head are the first to suffer from the weather. Invest in multiple gloves (cotton or cashmere work best for everyday wear), scarves and hats to create a barrier. This also gives you an opportunity to have fun with your look each day. Buy them in different colors and patterns, or with stylish embellishments to spice up your winter wear.
You know summer skincare tip #1 is to apply generous amounts of sunscreen. Unfortunately, this crucial piece of advice is often ignored in the dead of winter. Most people don't realize it's possible to be exposed to the sun's rays twice, once as it shines down on you, and again when it reflects off the snow. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. It also has moisturizing properties will greatly decrease the chance of damage to your skin. Reapply it often for the best results.
Ease Up On The Epidermis
The skin routine you follow in summer won't work the same in winter. Put away any products that strip your skin of its natural moisturizers such as antibacterial soaps or harsh deodorants. Instead, invest in products with added oils and fats that help retain hydration. It's also important to note that you don't need to break the bank on brand names. Generic items work just as well on your skin as their better-known counterparts. Even better, borrow from the kitchen cabinet. Olive oil can be a great relief when massaged into extremely dry areas of the skin. Also, take care not to dry off completely after showering. Use bathroom towels to pat down your skin, leaving a light layer of water for added moisture.
Hold Off On Hot Showers
Avoid steaming hot showers or baths during the winter months. Hot water strips away the protective oils that lock moisture in, leaving your skin dry and flaky. You can still take warm or lukewarm showers but try to limit them to 15 minutes or less.
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