Winter is fast approaching and that can bring with it problems for your skin. If you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself suffering from dry, cracked, itchy and peeling skin due to the low temperatures, lack of humidity and dry air from heating systems. Having said that, with a little care and attention, it’s not too difficult to get yourself through this period with your skin still looking great. So here are a few tips on winter skin care …
Winter skin care tips
Central heating is fantastic for keeping you warm during the cold winter months, but it does result in dry air which isn’t good for your skin. To combat this, use humidifiers to add moisture to the air. You can find many small and inexpensive misters and humidifiers in the stores these days. Dot a few in strategic places around your home to keep the air nice and moist. Your skin and your hair will definitely thank you for it!
Alter your moisturizing routine
If you normally use water-based moisturizers, try switching to oil-based ones during the winter season. The oil that these contain will create a protective layer on your skin. This helps to prevent your skin drying out by helping it to retain moisture for longer. Many of the moisturizers in the stores that are labelled as night creams are oil-based ones.
Avoid long hot showers
It can be tempting to turn up the temperature on your shower during the winter. It can also be tempting to stay in for too long – after all, you’re lovely and warm in the shower but you know it’s going to be cold when you get out. The trouble is that the hot water can strip away the natural oils on your skin’s surface, leading to dry skin and damage. So avoid long, hot showers. The same applies to baths too, of course – try and keep your bathing times under 10 minutes.
The skin on your hands is much thinner than in many other places, and so can dry out much more quickly. So make sure you always wear gloves when you’re outside, to keep your hands warm and help them to retain moisture.
Having problems with dry, itchy and cracked skin is very common during the winter. That doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to make things better though. Try the winter skin care tips in this article to help keep your skin looking in tip-top shape.