Winter skin care tips
During the winter months, you will come to realize that your skin feels a lot tighter and rougher or even peeling! The reason for this is dry skin.
Dry skin is a common problem for many people during major season changes, particularly from summer to winter. When skin loses its hydration and elasticity, it starts to feel rough in texture and can get itchy leading to complications.
Itchy, dry skin is not just a problem for the face but also the hands and feet. Some people may also experience it on other parts of their body. It is therefore vital that your body remains hydrated. In today’s blog I will talk about ways, you can take care of your skin to prevent dryness and itching.
First and foremost, you must not over exfoliate your skin. Many people will try harsh exfoliators with the hope that it will strip away the dead cells and expose the fresh new ones. Although this is partially true, when you over exfoliate your skin, your skin becomes irritated which dries it out even more. During winter months, try to use soft and subtle exfoliators, taking care you are not exfoliating too frequently.
With the freezing cold weather outside, who does not love a long hot shower? The answer is your skin. It can be so warming and relaxing to have long hot baths or showers, however, prolonged exposure to heat can damage your skin leading it to dry even more. Try to keep the water temperature warm and your showers short.
You may notice that the moisturizer you have been using for months is suddenly not doing the trick. Your skin requires extra moisturizing during winter months, so you may have to go for a thicker moisturizer; for example one that contains humectants such as glycerin. You can also use your regular moisturizer and use an oil to pump up the moisture on your skin. If you want to use an oil, you need to ensure the oil is firstly safe to use, and secondly that it does not clog your pores. Good oils to go for would be almond oil or avocado oil. It is also important to moisturize your hands after every wash and hand gel use, particularly if they contain alcohol.
Hands contain the thinnest skin structure on your body. Consequently, they have less oil glands and can become quite dry and uncomfortable. Ensure your hands are not exposed to harsh cold temperatures by wearing gloves when you are outside. It is also a good idea to wear gloves when your hands are exposed to water for prolonged periods, for example when washing dishes. This is to avoid harsh chemicals and hot water damaging the protective layer of your skin.
Ensure you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen even in the winter! For benefits of sunscreens, please refer to our previous blog “sunscreen benefits”.
As a final note, I would like to underline once again that you must hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! Great skin comes from within; your skin, hair and nails will reflect your inner health. You must drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and healthy.