Winter is a beautiful time of the year, but it can wreak havoc with your skin. Cold air, less humidity and running heaters dries out your skin, and before you know it, you’re itching, scratching and miserable from dry skin. These simple skin care tips can help to rehydrate your skin and reduce dry, cracked and itchy skin.
Drink Plenty of Water
When winter approaches, the temperatures are much cooler, and we naturally consume less water. However, during the winter months, it is still important to drink enough water to provide moisture for your skin and exercise to circulate the water to all skin cells throughout your body.
During the winter, most of us increase our hand washing to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. This is a great idea, but it strips oils from the hands and increases dryness. To reduce the chances of hands becoming dry and chapped, avoid soaps or sanitizers, which are alcohol-based.
Applying a thick moisturizer after drying your hands helps to seal in moisture and prevent moisture loss.
Nothing feels better than a nice hot shower after participating in winter sports or just to take the chill out of your bones. Unfortunately, hot water washes away your natural oils that lock in skin moisture to keep skin soft and smooth.
The best approach to bathing or showering is to limit your bathing to about 15 minutes or less in warm water.
During summer months in hotter weather, we all produce more oils, which hydrate the skin naturally. In the winter, we’re exposed to more drying conditions and need to make adjustments to skin care.
You should consider switching from water-based moisturizers that you used during the summer to an oil-based moisturizer for the winter. Oil-based moisturizers provide a protective layer on your skin that will retain more moisture and prevent drying.
Apply a moisturizer after bathing or showering and right before bed, which gives it time over night to soak into the skin.
Run a Humidifier
Although, turning up the heat or stoking up the fire during the winter warms up the house nicely, it is exceptionally drying to the skin, nose and eyes. The best remedy to reduce dry air conditions in your home is to run a humidifier.
Humidifiers are available in all price ranges, and an inexpensive humidifier works quite well to introduce moisture back into your home. Setting up a humidifier in a small home office or in your bedroom increases humidity levels significantly and helps to prevent dry skin.
To prevent dry winter skin, wear protective clothing like gloves, hats and jackets, run a humidifier to increase moisture and rehydrate your skin with soothing moisturizing creams.