It is very important to take proper care for your skin in the cold winter days. In the chilly, windy weather your skin can get pretty dry, which may result in flaking, cracking and even eczema. In this article we will give you some tips how to properly care for your skin in the winter.
It is very important to moisturize more. Keep in mind that the moisturizer that works well for you in the spring and summer, may not do the trick in for the winter. As weather conditions change, so should your skin care routine. It is a good idea to consider changing your water-based moisturizer to an oil-based one. The oil will create a protective layer that retains more moisture than a water-based cream or lotion. Remember that not all oils are appropriate for the facial area. Choose oils that will not clog your facial pores, like avocado oil, primrose oil or almond oil. You can also look for a lotion that contains glycerine, sorbitol or alpha-hydroxy acids. It will attract moisture to your skin.
You should also know that sunscreen isn’t just for the summer. Winter sun, combined with snow glare can still damage your skin. About 30 minutes before going out, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and reapply frequently if you are going to stay outside for longer. Sun protection in the winter is a must, especially if you are going to build a snowman, sled or ski with your family in the sunny days. Snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s shine, which means that you get almost a double dose of radiation, when you play outside. For people, whose skin tends to break out, we would suggest to use clear spray sunblocks. And if your skin is drier, it is best to use creams.
Central heating systems blast hot, dry air through our homes. To prevent your skin from drying out too much, place several small humidifiers in your home. They will get more moisture in the air and distribute it evenly.
Keep your skin clean. Choose a cleanser, that is formulated for your skin type. If your facial skin is dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks and alcohol-based toners, because they can strip vital oils from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or a mild foam cleanser. Cream-based cleansers work well for dry skin. Also, use a toner with no alcohol and deep hydrating masks, rather than clay-based masks. And use the a little less often than you normally would. Exfoliate gently, cleanse and towel off lightly, without completely drying your face. Apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp, to lock in the moisture.
Avoid super hot baths. The intense heat of a hot bath or shower breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. Shower with lukewarm water and stay in the water for s shorter amount of time. Periodically reapply moisturize, especially after a bath or a shower. You might want to use a cream, that offers sun protection during the day and another one of your choice for the night.
If these techniques don’t work for you, you may need to go see a dermatologist. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, correct your skin care routine, if necessary, and give you a professional advise which skin care products are best for you. This will be a good investment, because you may need a prescription lotion to combat really dry skin, or you may have some condition that requires special treatment. Take good care of your skin, so that it will look its best, and stay young as long as possible.