Winter weather and interior heating can by very tough on skin, causing dryness, scaly patches and chapped areas. Keeping your skin looking and feeling great requires a little extra effort during the winter, and with the help of a few simple tips, you could see great improvement. Read on for easy ways to regain your supple, soft and beautiful skin, regardless of the season.
Use a Humidifier
Invest in a humidifier to keep the air inside your home from drying out. Heaters warm up the air and cause all of the moisture to evaporate. This environment makes it harder to maintain the proper moisture level in your skin. Buy a humidifier that you can run in the room you spend most of your time in during the day. Alternatively, keep a pot of water boiling on the stove for a no-cost way to put moisture back into the air in your home.
Use the Right Skin Moisturizer
Apply a good-quality moisturizer to your skin on a regular basis. Look for a moisturizer that contains dimethicone, or if you prefer to avoid silicone products, choose one that contains paraffin. Both of these products form a barrier on your skin that keeps moisture in, rather than letting it evaporate. These types of moisturizers are usually labeled as “intensive” or something similar, and if used on your hands, should even last through a hand washing.
Give your face and hands a little bit of extra TLC. During winter, the cold, dry air outside takes its toll on the skin that is exposed, and your face and hands need extra protection to avoid chapping, over-drying and cracking. Become a product label reader, and avoid moisturizers that have water in them, as this will actually make your skin feel even worse. After applying moisturizer, wear gloves or mittens on your hands for extra protection. Make sure to keep chapstick on your lips, and use a slightly heavier facial moisturizer and, for women, add a light layer of translucent face powder over the top of the moisturizer to keep it from causing an oily-looking shine.
Take Warm Showers, Not Hot
Get used to taking showers that are warm, rather than hot. Although a hot shower feels great when the weather is cold, it essentially melts the natural oils in your skin and causes them to be washed away, leaving your skin dryer than when you went into the shower. Additionally, try using salt scrub products that have an oil base to exfoliate dry skin and seal in natural oils and moisture while you are still in the shower.
Take Care From the Inside
One of the most important tips is — drink lots of water! Staying hydrated internally helps you not only feel better, but also it provides moisture that keeps skin cells plump and supple. The general rule is to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day, so find yourself a 16-ounce glass, and fills it at each of your three daily meals and drink the whole thing. Then, drink one more glass at some point during your day, and you have gotten enough water.
Your skin really needs some extra help during cold, dry and windy winter weather. Otherwise, that healthy glow and those rosy cheeks could become painful, flaky dry skin. Follow the information above, and keep in mind that consistency is key. In no time, your skin should feel good and look great, letting you enjoy winter again.