Winter weather is undoubtedly harsher on our skin than warmer seasons, yet many people don’t think to switch up their skincare routine. Cold air, low humidity, and blistering winds each create uncomfortably dry skin or skin that is itchy, red, and irritated. During colder seasons, our skin needs much more help to stay hydrated.
This winter, combat dry winter skin with a few simple skincare tips. After all, retaining your skin’s natural moisture means maintaining your youthful glow all year long.
Many people don’t drink enough water throughout the day, and when it’s cold outside, it’s much easier to forget this step. Since weather with low humidity is most likely to strip skin of moisture, staying hydrated is vital. Sipping water slowly throughout the day rather than gulping it all at once will help the skin stay hydrated. If cold water isn’t doing it for you, drinking tea is also a great way to keep hydrated. Sip on warm teas with natural ginger or lemon.
You may need to switch your summer cleanser for a more effective winter one. In the winter, cleansers with harsh chemicals will feel much more damaging than nourishing. Avoid products with alcohol and added fragrances, as they can strip away natural oils and create dry, cracked skin. Look for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” because products simply marked “unscented” may actually contain some fragrance. Instead, choose a cream-based cleanser that will help lock moisture in.
When winter weather creates dry, itchy skin, exfoliating is probably the last thing on your mind. However, but there are many benefits to exfoliating the skin during the winter. Not only does it slough off dry, dead skin cells, but it also helps regenerate new skin cells. The key is to use a gentle exfoliator that is also very moisturizing and won’t strip moisture from the skin. Add this to your skincare routine once or twice a week at night. After completing this step, slather your skin in a rich moisturizer.
In the winter, nothing feels better than taking a hot shower or bath. However, hot water not only dehydrates you, but it may also strip away the necessary oils from your body. Hot water evaporates fast, and if the skin is not moisturized quickly, it may crack. Cracks in the skin expose the nerves to air. This can result in what feels like a thousand paper cuts and eczema, or winter’s itch.
If you do indulge in a hot shower or bath, keep your bathroom door closed, and after you dry your body off, moisturize generously.
Also, avoid using excessively hot water to wash your hands. Washing your hands in warm water and might be less irritating to the skin. Always moisturize after washing hands with soap.
We’ve already stated many times to moisturize, but this step is crucial for keeping skin hydrated throughout the winter. Apply a very thick moisturizer as soon as you get out of the bath or shower and then one more time per day to help keep your skin feeling nice and smooth. You can also layer oil on your face and body before applying your cream-based moisturizer to really lock in the hydration.
Avoid the most significant mistake people make hydrating during the winter, which is choosing a lotion instead of a cream. Lotions usually come in pumps, so they’re not as thick, and they’re not as moisturizing. With dry skin, it’s important to use thicker creams or balms, which come in jars or ointments.
In the summer, you may automatically reach for sunscreen, but most people don’t think to apply it during the winter. Harmful UV rays can still permeate clouds during the darker, dreary days and cause damage. Sunscreen is essential to shield from those harmful UV rays. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection and make sure to cover all the exposed areas of your body.
Would you like help to maintain your skin this winter? The Marvel team can help you find the best products or treatments for your skin. Contact us today at 615-538-0399!