It is winter time, which can mean dry, flaky and itchy skin. But there are many simple ways to combat the causes of cracked winter skin and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all season long. Here are my 5+1 tips you can follow to keep your skin healthy and happy during winter.
1. Use a humidifier
Your skin acts as a shield by protecting your body from environmental effects. It is also the barrier that keeps water inside of your body. When the weather is cold and dry, water evaporates off of the surface of your skin faster and easier. To prevent dryness, the best you can do is investing in a humidifier. Whether in your home or in the office, run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in. During the day, ideal room temperature is around 21°C and 18°C at night. Humidity is best between 50-60%.
2. Get the temperature right
It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower on cold mornings or take a hot bath after a long day at work. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Hot water dries your skin quickly, and it can develop cracks and winter eczema. If the water causes your skin to turn red, you can be sure it’s too hot. Make sure to take a quick – 5-10 minute long – shower and always use lukewarm water. If you do indulge in a hot bath, apply coconut oil on your skin first to keep it protected from the heat and boost hydration.
3. Upgrade your moisturizers
Choose creamy cleansers that contain moisturizers. Avoid masks, peels, astringent lotions, and any product that contains alcohol as they make your skin even drier. Change your face lotion to a nutrient-rich face cream. To trap in the hydration, you can layer on argan oil, rose oil or rose hip oil on your face prior to a cream-based moisturizer. Don’t forget, a beautiful and healthy skin is being taken care of all year round continuously. Even if you forgot about moisturizing your body a few times in the summer, you should never skip this step from this season’s routine. Applying moisturizers right after a shower on damp skin can help lock in hydration.
4. Hydrate from the inside
We all know the importance of staying hydrated all year long, however water intake declines over winter. Though you might not feel as thirsty during winter as the warmer seasons, you need to maintain your regular water intake. Dehydration can be the cause of daytime fatigue. Instead of a cup of coffee, have 1-2 glasses of water whenever you feel tired and sluggish. Being well hydrated also helps our digestive systems to function and process food better, which is vital during these months when we tend to over consume.
5. Don’t forget your hands
The skin on your hands is very thin and has fewer oil glands as compared to the skin on any other body part. That’s why moisture escapes from your hands more quickly, making them drier and prone to crack. Apply hand creams frequently and keep one in your purse. Once a week, apply a thick moisturizer and wear cotton gloves during the night.
+1. Protect your skin
It is just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. Before you go outside, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen.