For many, winter and dry skin go together like Christmas music and sleigh bells. But they don’t have to. Beat the cold this winter season with these top tips that are simple to use and will keep your skin feeling great all winter long!
- Keep moisturizing! Winter is a bigger challenge than summer as far as moisturizing goes. Exposure to cold air, wind, and water will wear away at your skin’s natural moisture defenses. To counteract this, make sure to apply moisturiser after showers and after washing your hands or a trip outdoors. The type of moisturizer you use should also be stepped up appropriately. Trade in lotions for creams or ointments over the winter. While lotions are just fine in the summer, they have a higher risk of causing skin irritation and aren’t as effective on dry skin in general. For the most effective ointments or creams, look for ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil, or one with shea butter.
- Protect your skin when outdoors. When you go outside, for a quick errand or especially for a day out, make sure you wear layers to protect your skin from the elements. Cold temperatures and biting winds are not your friends when it comes to keeping skin supple and not chapped. Hands are especially vulnerable since they are exposed to the elements the most and will often show signs of chapping and drying first, followed by the delicate skin of the face. Make sure to cover your face appropriately and wear good gloves to keep your hands warm and protected against the elements.
- Make sure to exfoliate. To avoid looking dry and chapped, make sure to regularly exfoliate your skin to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and expose newer, healthier skin. Use a gentle exfoliator for this, and make sure not to overdue it. You want to look your brightest, not irritate the new layer of skin and cause damage. If you have larger pores, avoid exfoliating scrubs that contains beads of any kind as these are likely to get lodged in your pores and cause problems.
- Apply lip balm regularly. Who hasn’t experienced chap lips at least a few times during the winter? Take care of your lips by looking for a quality, healing lip balm that doesn’t feel too greasy on the lip and applies easily. We recommend aiming for a more subtle scent and verifying that you enjoy the scent of the lip balm over long periods of time, as it is literally right under your nose.
- Humidifiers are your friends. One of the causes of dry skin in winter is the general dryness in the air. Avoid this pitfall by keeping a humidifier near you, whether it is running in your home or a small humidifier at your desk at work. Top tip: Add in some essential oils for a pleasant scent--whether it’s jasmine for calm, or pine for some holiday spirit!
- Don’t ditch your SPF. There’s a common misconception out there that sunscreen is only for summer, when the sun is at its strongest and brightest. While the sun may not appear to be all that powerful during the gloomy winter months, it is still more than capable of damaging your skin. While you may not need the heavy duty coverage for summer, make sure you are still protected. To keep things simple and double your protection, we recommend looking for moisturizers that include SPF. This also applies to your lip balm.
With these simple tips, say goodbye to winter dryness and hello to beautiful, moisturized skin all year long!