“Oh, the weather outside is frightful.” With temperatures freezing and below this week, many people head out doors bundled up from head to toe. While layers of clothes protect you from frigid weather, winter isn’t fun for your skin. This season is full of low humidity and dry air, making dry skin common. The tips below, useful for people of all ages, will help prevent your skin from drying out.
- Take showers and baths in lukewarm water, not hot. Even wash your hands and face in a warm temperature, to avoid stripping oils from your skin.
- Moisturize all the time. Especially, after any type of washing. I’m always slathering on lotion after my showers, because this practice helps allow the water’s dampness to further hydrate my skin. Also, apply a lotion or moisturizing balm before bed each night. Pay special attention to dryer areas, such as hands, feet, elbows, and knees where the skin is thin. Lastly, it is important to choose your moisturizers wisely. Dermatologists have found that an oil-based solution rather than water-based is better for your skin and helps retain more moisture.
- Try using a humidifier in your home to prevent dry air from creeping in. This will also protect your skin.
- Use an exfoliating mask on your face, hands, and lips to get rid of dead cells. Another option is exfoliating body washes. Always immediately moisturize your skin after using.
- Drink water and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Balance your intake of hot beverages by adding in some H2O.
Keep these winter skincare tips in mind and win the winter skin battle.