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Top Seven Tips for Winter Skincare

Top Seven Tips for Winter Skincare

The winter season can wreak havoc on your skin, making it feel dry, itchy, and irritated. It’s important to care for your skin during winter, but it’s going to take extra time and effort. Our skin gets exposed to the elements of cold air, low humidity, and dry heat that steals moisture from the skin. 

However, there are ways to combat the causes of dry winter skin and help keep your skin feeling moisturized and supple all season long, starting with easy changes to your everyday routine. 


How to Keep Skin Glowing in Winter

1. Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture

A humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air indoors and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom and living room. 

2. Lower the Thermostat to Avoid Dry Heat

When it’s cold outside, the first thing you do is crank up the heat. However, central heat can make the air in your house drier and affect your skin. Try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting around 68F to 72F to maintain healthy skin.

3. Limit Shower Time and Temperature

While it’s tempting to take a long, steamy shower, your skin will be much better with a five to ten-minute lukewarm shower or bath. You should avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands. If the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot. 

Washing your hands in cooler water is more effective at removing germs and less irritating to the skin. And, if you’re using a restroom air hands-dryer, use it just until your hands are damp rather than dry. 

4. Use Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers

Using the soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. 

Instead, wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap overall, limiting your lathering to necessary areas..

5. Modify Your Facial Skin-Care Regimen for the Season

During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply tones and astringents sparingly. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin. 

When your skin is itchy or dry, stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances in order to help your skin retain its natural oils. Switch to an oil-based moisturizer in the winter, and consider overnight deep moisturizer treatments which can help particularly dry areas. 

And don’t forget your lips. Apply a moisturizing balm to help heal dry, cracked lips and keep them from getting chapped. If your lip product causes a stinging or tingling sensation, try switching to a different product.

6. Moisturize Frequently

Maintain healthy skin by monitoring after washing up. It’s best to use cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. 

Hands washing is vital especially during cold and flu season, but constant washing will cause the hands to be dry. Applying hand cream after each washing can help restore moisture to your hands. We also recommend wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house. 

7. Apply Sunscreen

On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays, increasing your risk of exposure. Whether you’re playing in the snow or just walking outside on an errand run, it’s just as important to apply sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. 

During a dark, dreary day in winter, the sun rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage. Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body. 

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