Winter weather is harsh and can leave your skin dry, itchy and irritated. Cold weather and relatively low humidity can wreak havoc on your skin. Not only is the air dryer but indoor heating further depletes your skin of moisture. A healthy winter skin is important.
How to protect your skin during winter
Glowing skin looks good. However, what matters most is that the skin performs a lot of essential body tasks. Indeed, a healthy winter skin protects your body against viruses, bacteria and other undesirables to which it is exposed on a daily basis.
Healthy skin also protects against UV-rays that can damage cells. Thus, it is important that you protect your skin during winter and make sure it is as strong as it can be.
Healthy winter skin tip 1: Wear sunscreen
Protecting your skin against the sun is as important in winter as it is in summer. Simply because the cold does not make sun rays any less harmful. Clouds do not stop sunlight. Furthermore, the snow can contribute to sun damage too.
Indeed, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, snow reflects the sun rays by up to 80%. Thus, your skin is quite exposed to sun damage. Applying a physical sunblock with a strong SPF (at least 50) will help protect your skin during winter against harmful UV rays.
Furthermore, it will also help keep your a moisturized and healthy winter skin. You should also avoid artificial tanning as sunlamps can damage the skin and increase the risks of skin cancer.
Tip 2: Avoid oily-rich products
Avoid skincare products with a lot of oil during the winter months. Oily products will contribute to clogging pores. You may experience acne flare-up and dark spot outbreaks. Furthermore, oil-rich beauty products do not necessarily help dry skin.
When your skin is dry and itchy because of the cold, it is better to pick gentle cleansers and fragrance-free products. Indeed, doing so will help your skin retain its natural oils according to the AAD. Make sure skincare products are water resistant and that they have not passed their expiration date.
Tip 3: Cleanse your skin
Cleaning your skin every day is important. However, it is important not to overdo it. Indeed, too much cleansing will remove the skin’s natural moisture. It is also best to avoid soaps to clean your face skin.
Indeed, soap cleansers can irritate the skin. They may also contain allergens and ingredients that are not completely pure. Thus, you should select a skin cleanser that is labelled as non-soap. Indeed, it will contain milder and gentler ingredients.
Non-soap cleansers are also less likely to contain alcohol or fragrances.
Healthy winter skin tip 4: Limit shower time
The cold winter weather and temptation to take very hot showers make keeping a healthy winter skin harder. Your skin will be indeed much better served with a lukewarm shower. According to the AAD, five to ten minutes will do.
Hot water can remove natural oils from your skin. Staying longer than ten minutes in the water can also dehydrate your skin. When stepping out of the bath, make sure to gently tap your towel on your skin instead of rubbing.
Tip 5: Change your skincare routine
Winter conditions are different from summer conditions. Thus, to protect your skin during winter, you must also change your skincare routine. This is especially true when it comes to facial skincare.
During the winter months, choose a cream-based cleanser and avoid soap-base cleansers. If you apply toners and astringents, do it sparingly. Indeed, many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin.
If your skin is itchy, the AAD recommends that you stop using products containing alcohol and fragrances. As mentioned in a few paragraphs above, this will help the skin retain its natural oils and moisture.
Apply a moisturizing balm on your lips to avoid dry, cracked lips.
Tip 6: Moisturize frequently
Harsh weather in winter will dry the skin. Moisturizing frequently will help keep your skin healthy. Indeed, a moisturizer will help trap needed moisture in the skin.
Apply a cream-based alcohol free moisturizer after the shower when your skin is still a little damp. Thicker creams are usually more effective than lotions. Shea butter will do wonders for your skin.
Although it is best to avoid products that are too rich in oil, jojoba oil-based creams will work too.
Tip 7: Lower your thermostat
A reflex we all have is to increase our home’s temperature after spending some time in the cold outside. However, this will not help you keep a healthy winter skin. Indeed, central heating will contribute to making your skin even drier.
To maintain healthy skin in winter, set the thermostat at a cool and comfortable setting. 68°F to 72°F will do nicely. If you feel your skin is still getting dry, you can get a humidifier. Indeed, it will add moisture to your home and keep your skin hydrated.
Healthy winter skin tip 8: Take vitamin D supplements
The sun in summer helps our body to naturally produce more vitamin D. Daily sun exposure is good for the body. However, it is still important to apply sunscreen to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays.
In winter however, sun exposure decreases and so does vitamin D production. Taking supplements will help ensure you get the recommended amounts of vitamin D all year round.
Tip 9: Drink a lot of water
Drinking a sufficient amount of water daily is important for the body. It helps digestion, circulation and absorption. Water will also help the skin remove toxins.
Indeed, skin cells, like any other body cells, are made of water. Therefore, a good water influx will help them fulfill their bodily function. Lack of water will turn your skin dry, tight and flaky. Thus, it is important that you drink at least eight glasses daily.
Even more so as the cold winter weather makes the skin drier.
Tip 10: Wear appropriate clothing
Last but not least of our ten tips to keep a healthy winter skin is to wear appropriate clothing. Itchy materials such as wool can aggravate dry skin. Wear layers smartly with light materials in direct contact with the skin first.
Make sure you also protect your hands which can be very affected by the cold winter air. Should you be caught in the rain, change out of wet clothes immediately after getting home. Indeed, wet clothes can further irritate the skin and cause dryness.
To conclude, keeping a healthy winter skin requires some more attention than in summer. Indeed, alternating between cold dry air and hot temperatures in and out of your home will make your skin dry. Our tips above will help you protect your skin in winter so that it is ready and glowing when come summer!