Cold, wintry weather is not kind to the skin. It makes your skin dry and itchy. It promotes skin problems like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. You need to take extra precautions to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
How do you protect facial skin from the cold during winter?
Use high-quality moisturizing ointment or cream. Apply the product right after you shower. Applying rich moisturizer on damp skin effectively locks in the moisture. Make sure that you re-apply the moisturizer repeatedly throughout the day to keep your skin well-moisturized and soft.
Choose an oil-based moisturizer that lists shea butter, mineral oil, or lanolin as ingredients. Do not use gels or lotions that are alcohol-based. Alcohol tends to further dry out the skin.
- Do not spend too much time on the shower or bath.
Do you find it tempting to soak in a hot luxurious bath or take a long warm shower especially during a frosty winter morning? Think twice about it. Experts on skin care say that you are likely to make your skin dry. The steam and heat can result in dry, scaly, and itchy skin. It is better to keep showers short in cold weather if you want well-moisturized skin.
- Use lukewarm water.
Do not use hot water for bathing or showering. Keep the water lukewarm.
- Use sun protection.
There are still harmful ultra-violet rays even in winter. Make sure to use sunscreen when you go out of the house.
Pay special attention to your hands, neck, and face which are most susceptible to sun and wind exposure. Keep your skin safe from premature aging with sunscreen that has high SPF. It is also good to get a product that contains moisturizing ingredients.
- Use petrolatum-based ointments or creams.
Skin becomes dry, chafed, or cracked especially during cold months. Avoid this by applying products that contain petrolatum, especially when you go outdoors. Pay special attention to cold-sensitive areas like the inside of the nostrils and the lips.
Offset the drying effects of winter by using balms. Balms are thick and able to effectively block off the cold and drying outcome of winter. You can easily find rich balms fortified with natural waxes like shea butter, lanolin, aloe butter, or coconut butter.
- Stay away from exfoliating washes during winter.
Exfoliating washes can make your skin look raw, red, and irritated. If you want to maintain silky-smooth skin during winter, use gentle cleansers for sensitive skin. Hydrate your skin with moisturizing soaps that are non-irritating and fragrance-free.
- Use creamy make-up.
In summer, it is prudent to use make-up that is powder-based to counter shine and oil build-up. In winter, it is better to use foundations and make-up that has cream for their base. Opt for cream shadows, instead of powder blushes. Use tinted moisturizers. Use products that multi-task like lip tints with shea butter.
- Use a humidifier.
A lot of people deal with the harsh cold by staying toasty in front of a roaring fire or the radiator. You cut down on the chill this way. You also reduce the moisture on your skin.
Fight dry indoor air and reduce the drying effect that a radiator can have on the skin by using a humidifier. A humidifier offsets the drying effects of heated air by adding moisture to the air. It helps your skin retain moisture. It also lubricates the mouth and nose.
Make sure that your humidifier is always clean so that it does not spew out germs and dust all over the room. Do not crank it up too much either lest it promote the growth of dust mites and fungi.
It is easy to make a DIY humidifier. Just put water on a flat outsized bowl. Put the bowl on the radiator.
- Insulate your home against the cold harsh weather.
Do not allow the cold dry air of winter to get inside your home. Make sure to seal your home as much as you can. Look for air leaks in crawl spaces, attics, windows, and doors. Use weather stripping, spray foam, or caulk to shut the leaks.
- Protect your skin by covering it.
It is best to wear gloves during winter. Use rubber gloves lined with cotton when you cook, clean, or wash the dishes. It is particularly important to wear gloves when you go outdoors.
To beef-up protection, moisturize your hands with all-natural olive oil or petrolatum before putting on your gloves. If you have really parched skin, slather your hands and feet with moisturizer. Make sure that you gently rub the product in, before putting on soft socks or cotton gloves.
- Drink water.
Hydrate from the inside out. Make sure that you drink enough water all through the day. You can also make water more flavorful by adding a little juice or tea to it. The antioxidants in green tea will help make your skin softer and healthier.
- Eat healthy
The food that you choose to eat also has an effect on your skin. Protect your skin by eating fruits and vegetables with high water-content. You get the fiber, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs, as well as the fluid to keep your skin moisturized.
Take fruits like grapes, pears, apples, and apricots. Load up on oranges, raspberries, plums, blueberries, and pineapple. Snack on strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, and watermelon.
Include vegetables like spinach, red cabbage, peppers, eggplant, and cauliflower. Make a salad made of celery, cucumber, carrots, and lettuce.
Studies suggest that you do your body a favor by having a cucumber or some slices of watermelon after a workout. You hydrate your body and replenish the mineral salts, amino acids, vitamins, and natural sugars that you tend to lose in exercise.
- Visit your dermatologist.
Winter can sometimes bring on skin problems. Ward off skin issues by consulting your dermatologist and prepping up your skin with the appropriate skin care measures to fight dryness and wind chill.