The winter months may be prime time for cute boots, pumpkin spice lattes and cuddling, but with it comes a host of problems for skin to tackle as the snow falls. Amp up your skincare routine come winter time to ensure you’re looking as fresh as ever come New Year’s Eve.
1. Humidifiers are a great way to protect skin against harsh dryness. Having one in your home or office will add moisture to the air and keep skin hydrated.
2. Central heat makes air even drier indoors, so keep thermostats at a reasonable temperature to avoid dry, crackly skin. A comfortable setting of 68°F to 72°F — is ideal.
3. Skip hot showers.
Cool it with the hot showers during the winter time to avoid skin dryness. While steamy showers during winter time are so, so tempting, the hot water can dry out skin, stripping it of natural oils. Opt instead for short, 5 or 10 minute showers and avoid other not-so-good methods like washing hands with extremely hot water. A good rule of thumb? Water that turns your skin red is too harsh. Take it down a notch.
4. Using the wrong type of soap can make dry skin worst during the winter, so take care to avoid brands with harsh ingredients. Choose cleanser wisely. The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For your best defense, steer clear of regular bar soaps as they tend to contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, start washing with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap, so limit your lathering to necessary areas, such as your hands, armpits, genitals, and feet.
5. Modify your facial skin care regimen for the season. During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin. Look for products that contain little or no alcohol — unless your skin is excessively oily. At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.
6. Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize. To maintain your healthy skin, blot skin dry and apply a thick moisturizer right after bathing in order to seal water into the skin. Creams and ointments are best during the winter while lotions are best for warmer, humid climates. Make sure not to overlook hands. Apply some hand cream after each wash.
7. Don’t forget the sunscreen just because it’s winter. Apply a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher. Be sure to cover all areas of the body that are exposed.