It’ll be here soon enough – winter. With cold temperatures, low humidity and extreme weather conditions comes possible damage to your skin. During the cold weather months you may notice that your skin is dull, itchy and dehydrated. Fortunately, you can make your beauty routine less problematic in winter by following some easy and handy tips.
1. Chose the right moisturizer
In winter your skin requires different care than in summer. During a cold season you should stock up on creams and avoid using watery lotions. Creams usually have richer formulas and will feel more comfortable on your skin. They are the best protectors against severe weather conditions. Richer creams contain more fatty ingredients, which prevent water loss through evaporation and roughness. Apply creams before bed and not less than 30 minutes before going outdoors.
2. Use sunscreen daily
It is often mistakenly believed that skin doesn’t need sunscreens in winter. In fact, sun is rather harmful to your skin all year round. Not only to prevent signs of premature aging but to decrease your risk of skin cancer, sunscreen should be part of your everyday regimen. Many skin care and cosmetic products make it easy for you because they have sunscreen built in.
3. Don’t forget about your gloves
You should wear gloves during fall and winter seasons to protect your skin against redness, frostbite and roughness. The skin on your hands is much more sensitive and vulnerable during the cold winter months, so they need more moisturizing and nourishing than ever. Keep a tube of hand crème in your purse or car for easy access.
4. Take short showers
A long hot shower is really what many love and need in winter, but the truth is that hot showers as well as long soaks in the tub are problematic to the skin. Hot water promotes excess dryness and dehydration; it removes the upper protective layer of your skin and makes it more vulnerable to irritants. Even if you have oily skin you’d better avoid using bar soaps. Instead, opt for nourishing shower gels and apply body creams and moisturizers right after you take a shower. Consider reducing your shower time and opt for lukewarm water while taking a bath.
5. Stay hydrated
Try to drink the recommended amount of water daily. You may not feel thirsty during a cold season, but in fact your hydration needs don’t depend on the season. Drinking a lot of water is highly beneficial to your health and beauty. It helps to get rid of toxins, increases elasticity and promotes rejuvenation. While you should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, try to cut down on caffeine, carbonated water and black tea.
6. Don’t overlook scrubs
All your skin care products will appear useless if you don’t exfoliate your skin regularly especially during the fall months, since it helps to get your skin ready for winter. Not only will it help to remove dead cells, dirt and residues of cosmetics, it will also improve the complexion and texture of your skin. Using exfoliants as prescribed by your skin therapist is a sure way to a healthy and radiant skin.
Indeed, winter can present many challenges to your skin. However, you can easily reduce the harmful effect and get your skin ready for winter by following the above-mentioned tips. Incorporate them into your beauty routine today and enjoy your healthy radiant skin even during winter months.