Easy Skin Care Tips For Cold Weather
Changing seasons can harm your skin, mostly when transitioning from warm summers to cold, dry winters. The transition usually dulls your skin due to the dryness. It can also flare up acne and eczema. Around this holiday season, many people neglect to change up their skin care habits. Thankfully there are some simple changes to help prevent flare-ups, acne, and dryness from damaging your skin in cold weather.
Lower temperatures mean less humidity outside, removing moisture not only from the air but also from your skin. Keep in mind having a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated is crucial for your health and keeping healthy skin. Making some skincare changes will help to manage your skin in the cold weather, and keep your skin smooth and bright year around.
1. Don’t raise the heat indoors.
Raising the heat is a normal response to the cold weather, but having a high temp indoors can dry the air out, and mostly your skin. The results will cause flaky, dry skin that is uncomfortable and itchy.
2. The humidifier is your best friend.
A remedy for dry air is a good humidifier at a level between 40% and 55%. When you do this, it helps with season colds and infuses moisture in the air, preventing dry skin.
3. Take fast, warm showers.
Taking a hot shower is ideal for cold winter mornings. Unfortunately, it removes the natural oils and water in our skin causing it to dry out. So taking a short warm shower instead is best.
4. Try not to use harsh cleansers.
Antiperspirant and antibacterial cleaners are especially cruel to your skin, damaging your skin’s natural moisture. Instead, use mellow, scent free chemicals.
5. Use a multitasking lotion.
After showering, dab the water off of your face and body, rather than rubbing a towel on your skin. Then, apply a body cream onto your damp skin. Use a lotion that gently brushes away dead skin cells, while also securing moisture. Search for cream rather than a lotion during the winter. Also, check the ingredients for “ceramides,” which are found on the skin’s outer layer and hold moisture to renew the skin’s humidity.
6. Give your hands some extra love.
Moisturize your hands each time you wash them. Exchange regular hand sanitizer for one with moisturizer or lotion in it.
7. Soften your feet.
Your daily body moisturizer probably won’t be sufficient for your feet. Search for a thick cream to reach cracked, rough skin on the bottom of your feet.
8. Ease up on exfoliating.
Lower the use of masks and facial peels to avoid irritation.
9. Use scent-free and dye-free products.
Avoid irritants by selecting formulas free of fragrances or dyes. Unscented means there is still a masking smell, it’s just another form of fragrance made to not have a smell.
10. Enjoy soft clothing.
Avoid irritating fabrics such as wool, polyester, or fleece directly on the skin and neck. Wear soft textures like cotton, specifically if it’s in direct contact with your skin.
11. Eat the harvest.
It’s currently the season for some of the best high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables. Some examples are cranberries, blueberries, pumpkin, pomegranate, and squash. These foods help feed your skin to keep it looking young and beautiful.
If dry skin is causing you discomfort, seek out professional help. A dermatologist will analyze your skin type and create a custom skincare routine. In some cases, extremely dry skin can indicate a bigger medical issue, such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid. Visit a health care professional for an accurate treatment plan.