Our skin is sensitive and delicate during the winter season and we all need to be taking care of it. Whether your skin gets dry, oily, or somewhere in between, there’s something you can do to protect it. Here’s some tips on taking care of your skin for these very cold months.
You wake up one January morning and it’s freezing outside. This makes it hard for you to get out of your warm and cozy bed. You have a great idea, a nice hot shower to warm you up and wake you up. You’re warm and happy – everything seems perfect but you’re damaging your skin! Hot water is the enemy of your dry winter skin. Hot showers can inflame the skin, causing redness, itching and even peeling. This can disrupt your skins natural balance of moisture and proteins that keep your skin healthy. Make sure the water temperature is not too hot when taking warm showers and keep them short. Also, if you’re using bar soap, make sure it has a moisturizer in it since some bar soaps can strip the skin of its natural oils.
After your shower, don’t forget to immediately moisturize! This is so important for your skin. Try to use ceramide-based moisturizers which repair the skins natural barrier. The thicker the better when it comes to ointments and creams. Creams tend to be thicker than lotions. If you forget to moisturize after your shower it will result in dry skin and that’s painful during these cold winter days. Don’t just moisturize after your shower, make sure you’re doing it throughout the day and before bedtime.
Taking care of your lips is also extremely important in the winter. Your lips are thinner than the rest of your skin, making them easier to be damaged. Try not to lick your lips, this might be tempting when they are dry but licking your lips puts saliva on them and dries them out even more. To protect them, use a lip balm that’s ointment based. This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin.
Some other tips for taking care of your skin in the winter are;
1. Eating healthier and staying hydrated. This is very helpful for the skin, especially if it’s dry.
2. Changing out of wet clothes. Wearing wet clothes, shoes, socks and pants can further irritate your skin. Remove them as quickly as possible if they become wet in the snow or rain.
3. Using skincare products that are gentle and unscented, not just for moisturizers but even for deodorant. This minimizes the chance of skin irritation
4. Don’t dry off too roughly. It’s better to pat yourself dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing vigorously.
Hopefully these tips have been useful and help you take care of your skin this winter. Stay warm and keep your skin protected this year!