Your primary concern this winter might just be making it to May without freezing. But you should know that the harsh conditions of winter are bad for your skin, even when you are bundled up in a warm cashmere sweater, wool scarf and fuzzy hat. And while your face might take the brunt of a chilly wind, you need to properly protect all of your skin in the cooler months of winter.
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One thing you hear over and over and that is just how dry it gets in the winter. This means that without proper moisturizing, you can suffer the ill effects of dry skin. The drier your skin is genetically, or if you already have a disorder that causes dry skin, the more dramatic your skin problems will be.
Cold winds are a major contribution to the loss of moisture, plus they can aggravate sensitive skin. Irritated skin from cold winds is left red and blotchy.
It might be cold outside, but your home is a warm sanctuary. But just as the cold weather is bad for your skin, the indoor temperatures can be just as damaging. The cold wind outside combined with forced heat indoors and prolonged baths or showers is a bad combination. Your skin doesn’t respond well to extreme temperatures, hot or cold. So wash your face with tepid water, not steamy hot water even though the sheer warmth of it is tempting.
In addition, it’s probably just as dry in your home as it is outside, so moisturizer is a top priority.
Here are a few winter skin care tips.
You may have found a great moisturizer that works wonders in the spring, summer and fall, but you need to make sure it cuts the mustard in the winter. As the weather conditions change, as should your moisturizer.
Sunscreen isn’t just for the summertime. The winter sun can still cause your skin great damage. It is a good idea to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas before you head out.
Gloves and Socks
While gloves and thick socks keep your extremities nice and warm, they can also cause itchy skin and cracking, especially when they are wet. Avoid wearing wet socks and gloves if at all possible.
As your furnace blasts hot air throughout your home, you can almost feel the lack of moisture. Humidifiers get moisture into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
Don’t Forget the Feet
You might hit your feet with a bit of lotion in the summer months, but during the winter you need to up the ante. It makes sense to use a lotion that contains a petroleum jelly because it stays on your feet longer.
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot teas and cocoa. Don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside.