In a perfect world, everyone would have dewy glowy skin that is immune to the effects of the icy temps and harsh winds that come with winter. However, with the new colder season comes the inevitable problem of dry skin. The air is frigid and dry outside, and any kind of indoor heat leaves our skin even more dehydrated. Additionally, your skin’s protective barrier cracks, making it less able to repair itself. The good news is HFR is just in time with a list of top 10 tips your skin needs this winter so that it can stay soft and glowy all season long!
Invest in a humidifier
The air in your home during winter months can leave your skin irritated, flaky, dry, and dull. Humidifiers are a great investment for your home to prevent these damaging effects. They add moisture to dry winter air, all while keeping your skin moisturized, healthy and glowing.
Lower your shower’s temperature
The first thing we want to do after getting home from a cold winter’s day is take a hot and steamy shower. However, this is the last thing we need to do! Hot water causes damage to the keratin cells located on the outer layer of our skin, the epidermis; preventing it from locking in moisture. Therefore, higher temperatures dry out the skin and worsen conditions such as eczema. As tempting as a hot shower sounds, your skin will thank you so much more if you indulge in a lukewarm shower.
Modify your skincare regimen
A new season calls for a new skincare regimen. It’s important to use gentle, hydrating cream-based cleansers. And it’s even more important to use toners and astringents less frequently as they contain alcohol which is very drying on the skin. Dr. Zeichner, a director of cosmetic and clinical research, all suggests using an antioxidant serum because “antioxidants are like fire extinguishers that put out inflammation caused by free radicals.”
Moisturize, and do so frequently!
This tip is a given, but also one that is often forgotten about. This is something you should do when you first wake up in the morning, throughout the day, and as soon as you get out of the shower. Oil-based moisturizers are the ideal moisturizers as they will create a protective layer that helps retain the moisture for your skin. Essential oils, such as argan oil and tea tree oil, also have great moisturizing benefits for your skin!
SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN
Despite the contrary belief that this underrated product is only useful for the hotter months, sunscreen is your best friend all year long. In fact, the winter sun can still damage your skin. It’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or more for your body, face, and hands. The American Academy of Dermatology always recommends an SPF of 30, because it is clinically proven to be a sufficient amount of protection to reduce the detrimental effects of sunlight.
The perfect season for professional treatments
It’s always a risk to get peels or laser treatment during the hot summer months, but now is the perfect opportunity! These professional treatments and facials help to stimulate new collagen and restore your skin’s glow. It’s the ideal opportunity to have your skin rejuvenated for this year’s holiday parties.
Avoid going outside with damp skin
This is an underrated tip that many don’t know about. It’s common to take a shower and rush out the door without realizing the harmful effects cold weather has on your skin. When your skin is damp, it is going to chap a lot more frequently. Similar to the idea that your lips chap when you lick them.
Protect your lips
We all have a bad habit of licking our lips when they are feeling dry. But believe it or not, this actually does our lips more harm than good. Our lips are extremely thin and delicate and dry out ten times faster than the rest of the skin on our faces. This is why it is important to make sure your lips are sealed with an effective ointment at all times. Furthermore, avoid using lip balms with methanol, eucalyptus, and camphor. These substances actually dry out your lips and make the problem worse; thus creating a continuous harmful cycle.
The amount of times someone should typically exfoliate all depends on their skin type. Those with dry skin should exfoliate less frequently than those with normal to oily skin. However, because of our skin texture becoming drier during the winter months, it’s best to hold off on doing so. Most dermatologists suggest exfoliating no more than once a week to help speed up the skin’s regeneration and allow better penetration of your moisturizer.
You’ve heard us talk about the importance of drinking water so many times, so it has to be true! Drinking enough water can help you combat a variety of skin issues including psoriasis and eczema. Water helps your digestive system flush out toxins from the body, thus improving your complexion for healthy and glowing skin.