Winter weather can be hard on your skin. The combination of the cold and the low humidity levels results in dry air which leeches the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and at risk of cracking. If you live in an area plagued with harsh winter winds, this only makes the problem worse. And indoor heat used to warm our homes in the colder months does its share of robbing your skin of moisture.
Quality anti-aging products can do much to protect your skin, but the following tips for healthier skin can also help reduce itching, redness and chapping, keeping your skin healthier and more comfortable this Winter.
Wash in Lukewarm Water
A hot bath or a hot shower feels great in the cold weather. However, when just washing your face and hands, use lukewarm water to avoid washing away the skin’s natural oils.
Moisturize Your Skin Right After Washing
Applying a moisturizing cream immediately after washing, while the skin is still damp and the pores slightly open, helps seal dampness into the skin.
Only Use the Best Skin Care Products.
Some moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can actually dry out your skin during the winter months. This can leave it in worse shape than it was before application. Find a natural, quality moisturizer that enhances and heals your skin.
Protect Your Skin from the Elements
Wear a scarf and gloves when you’re outside, especially when cold winds are blowing. And remember, the Winter sun can be just as damaging to the skin as the sun in the heat of summer, so don’t forget the sunscreen.
Use a Humidifier
Most indoor heating dries out the air. Consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom. A humidifier will put moisture back into the air and help prevent the heating from drying out your skin.
Drink Plenty of Water
All of us tend to drink less water in the winter months as we turn to warm drinks like hot chocolate and tea. But don’t forget, your body needs plenty of pure water to stay hydrated from the inside out. Try warm water with lemon as a refreshing and hydrating beverage.
You should also try eating foods high in water content, such a melons, oranges, apples, and any of a wide variety of vegetables like cucumbers, zucchini, and celery. Fresh fruit and vegetables have the added advantage of being full of vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and zinc, all of which a building blocks of healthy skin.
Avoid Allergens, Irritants, and Toxins
Winter skin is more fragile and likely to react to allergens and irritants. Avoid irritating fabrics, known allergens, and chemical-laden detergents and cleaning products. Use mild laundry soap and natural cleaning products designed for sensitive skin.
I hope these tips help you maintain healthy, vibrant skin during the harsh winter months ahead.