10 Skincare Tips To Keep Your Skin Healthy And Looking Its Best In Winter
No More Dry, Cracked And Irritated Skin
During winter, the skin undergoes continuous changes. The cold dry air can damage your skin, making it dry, flaky and unattractive. Your skincare routine in September might need an extra touch come December. You might be the type that enjoys long hot showers or foamy cleansers, these you cannot do in the winter. How do you keep your skin looking healthy even when the wind is dry and cold? I’ve compiled a few winter skincare tips that will make your skin look and feel its best. Let’s go through these 10 tips to keep your skin happy in the winter months.
1. Lessen your shower time and temperature
Winter weather might sound like the best time for a long hot shower but try to resist the urge. Long hot showers can strip the skin of its natural oil, leaving your skin even drier. It’s best to keep your shower short and sweet using lukewarm water.
2. Go for a mild cleanser
A creamy mild cleanser will probably be the best for winter. Avoid cleansers that make your face so dry. Instead, use a creamy mild cleanser that will thoroughly cleanse the skin without stripping its natural oils.
3. Apply your moisturizer on a damp skin
When you get out of the shower, don’t completely dry off your skin with the towel. Just pat the towel down your skin, apply moisturizer to lock in moisture.
4. Layer hydrating serum under your moisturizer
Add a serum that can act as a humectant to your skincare especially if you have a dry skin. Serum with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides hold water in the skin and hydrate the skin the best. If you have a sensitive skin, choose a serum with ingredients that fit your skin type (usually with fewer ingredients).
5. Put on an extra layer of moisturizer before going out
Put on a little extra moisturizer when you are going out, to prevent your skin from drying out and cracking. Use moisturizers that are rich in ceramides. Ceramides help prevent transepidermal water loss, balancing your skin moisturization.
6. Make lip balm your friend
Your lips will get very dry during winter within mere seconds, so make sure you are always with your lip balm. Your lip balm will help to keep your lips supple and prevent painful chapped lips.
7. Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not only for summer. Trust me, you need it! The sun rays can still be incredibly strong and damaging, especially when they are reflecting off snow or ice. No matter the season, it’s best to always wear your sunscreen when you are going out.
8. Use gentle exfoliants
Exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells accumulated from dry winter air, leaving the skin looking more glowy. Since the skin is dry due to winter, you might want to limit physical exfoliation (they are usually harsh on the skin). Use a gentle chemical exfoliator and apply your moisturizer immediately.
9. Place a humidifier in your room
Nothing will dry out your skin like a dry room especially when you’re sleeping. Use a humidifier by your bed to keep the air moisturized and not dry. Wake up the next morning and let your skin thank you. Your skin will feel better and even your nasal passage.
10. Drink lots of water
The last winter skincare tip I’ve got for you is “to drink water very well”. Water keeps you and your skin hydrated. Proper hydration during the winter will help to improve your overall health.