Dry air is the thief of winter. It can strike anywhere by stealing away moisture from your skin, causing flakiness, chapped lips and an overall dryness. So whether you’re inside or outside you need to take precautions against it, here are a couple of tips to help you to protect your skin throughout the winter season.
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Remember to Moisturize
The first thing to do in the battle for skin protection is to start a moisturizing regime. Before you get to it, change your moisturizer to one that’s oil based instead of water based. This is because the oil creates an extra protective layer that retains moisture, which is something that your summer water based creams don’t do.
Make sure to choose one that can be used for your face, primarily one that comes in the form of an ointment and that is at least 80% oil based. The best oils that won’t clog your facial pores are almond, avocado, primrose and mineral oils.
If you’re thinking of when to moisturize, the best time to do so is after you shower or bath. When applying remember to first do a full body scrub and to exfoliate your face to clear out dry skin as they prevent the moisture from seeping in. Be sure to moisturize while your skin is damp, which is within 3 minutes after you shower as it keeps moisture locked in.
Put on Sunscreen
You may not think it, but it’s important to put on sunscreen not only in summer but in winter too. Winter sun can be just as damaging to your skin because the ultraviolet rays can restrict your skin barriers natural function (which is to prevent water loss in dry environments) and cause dryness, discoloration and eventually wrinkles. So be sure to apply some with at least 15 SPF every day before you leave the house.
Stop taking very hot baths and showers
When it gets cold we often take longer and hotter showers, you may not think this but hot water dehydrates your skin. The heat breaks down the skins lipid barriers, which causes moisture loss. The best way to prevent this is to shorten your shower time and to take lukewarm showers. If your skin has become dry and irritated, add some baking soda or oatmeal to a bath and apply moisturizer directly after.
Get a humidifier
Thinking of getting another heater for winter? Think again! If you want to keep warm indoors this year get a humidifier instead. This is because central heating blasts hot air whilst humidifiers produce more moisture in the air which helps to keep your skin from drying out. If you can invest in a couple place one in your bedroom and one in your office, but if your budget can’t afford it then add some plants. This is because the water that the leaves retain diffuse into the air and add moisture to it.
Now that you know how to better take care of your skin during winter you can go out knowing that your skin is protected against the elements.
Written by: Dana da Silva