Dry, itchy, and irritated skin are the most common complaints heard in winters. You may be convinced there is no escape from this cold and blustery weather, and caving in your warm house will take care of the skin. This really isn’t how you should be doing skincare in winter. I was watching Dr. Pimple Popper’s show on my Spectrum TV where she was sharing skincare advice. She explained moisturizing isn’t enough to keep the skin soft and supple in winters, a lot more needs to be done.
The process also includes unlearning some myths (dare I say). To feel your best all winter long, these are some simple skincare tips to stick by:
1: Use Gentle Skincare Products
Have you noticed that apart from being dry, your skin becomes extra sensitive in winters? That’s why dermatologists recommend using gentle skincare products from cleansers, face washes, to body washes. For the face, consider using a bland cleanser. There is no harm in using a fragranced body wash in the summer, but in winters, switch to something gentle. And if you are dealing with winter breakouts, simply treat those areas with water. Use products that contain glycerine and ceramides to repair the moisture barrier of the skin.
2: Get a Heavy Moisturizer
Keeping the skin hydrated through the winter is a challenge. A thick moisturizer is a good skincare trick in winter. Instead of settling for a light moisturizing lotion, go for cream. It’ has better and lasting moisturizing effects necessary for winters. Avoid using products with fragrances because they irritate and dry out the skin.
Some people also use ointments like Vaseline to stay fully moisturized. Such products are best suited for the skin on the body. On the face, they clog pores. When choosing a face cream, go for the one that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Also, look for a Vitamin B Derivate such as niacinamide Isaac.
When you get out of the shower, apply a thick layer of moisturizer throughout the body to keep feeling nice and smooth. You may also layer your body with oil. It keeps the hydration in a trap.
3: Get a Humidifier
When the skin is dry and cold, water evaporates off the surface faster. To prevent it from staying dry, along with drinking enough water, get a humidifier. It will add moisture to your home. This is particularly recommended if you are the type of person who blasts heating.
4: Limit Shower Time
It’s tempting to take long and steamy showers. Experts suggest otherwise. They say your skin only needs 5 to 10 minutes in a lukewarm shower. Yes, you shouldn’t be taking a shower in burning hot water. Want to know when the water is excessively hot? When it makes your skin turn red.
CDC says that washing your hands in cooler water effectively removes germs compared to warm water. It’s also less irritating to the skin. If you are using an air hand dryer, use it until your hands are damp.
4: Wear a Sunscreen
Whether it’s a bright or a gray winter way, you should always wear sunscreen. On the brighter days, snow reflects the rays of the sun. Before heading out, treat your skin with a moisturizer first and then apply sunscreen with SPF 15 (at the very least) or higher. You may follow up with makeup afterward. Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, i.e., the face, neck, hands, arms, and feet. Sunscreen is a must for skincare in winter as well as summer.
6: Never Go Out With Damp Skin
Don’t rush outdoors just after washing your hands or face, even if it’s taking out the rash or walking your dog. Damp skin can chap very easily. When your lips are dry, and you lick it, it makes them worse right? You may end up doing the same kind of damage to your skin if you go outside with damp skin.
7: Exfoliate Less
Winter is not the best time for exfoliation, especially if you have really dry skin. There is no harm in exfoliating but do less of it than you would normally. Do it once a week (if your skin can bear exfoliation). This will speed up the regeneration, and moisture will penetrate the skin better.
8: Lower the Thermostat
Don’t crank up the heat. Too much heat can make the air indoors even drier, directly affecting your skin. To maintain healthy skin, set the thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees F.
In winters, it’s hard to keep the skin smooth and glowing without extra help. Do some research and get a nice moisturizer. The best ones are as accessible as the Spectrum phone number. Go to a nearby drug store and ask for a recommendation. With these tips, you will see a big difference in your skin’s health and appearance.