Winter is the time of year when you need to be extra careful about your skin.
Following a whirlwind couple of days, colder, less-humid temperatures are back bringing with them the increase in tight, itchy, red and uncomfortable skin. While it can be challenging to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months, dermatologists say simple modifications to your daily skin care routine can help.
The substantial drop in moisture that occurs during the winter months can be damaging to your skin causing dryness, itching, irritation, cuts or sores. It’s essential to change your skin care regimen each winter to rehydrate your skin and keep it moisturized.
The following skin care tips will help you deal with those dreaded winter woes.
1. Start using a creamy facial cleanser. Cleansers, which you often use to remove make-up can strip away moisture problem during winter.
2. Use a moisturizing facial mask to moisturize your skin throughout the day. Use a moisturizing facial mask. Try using body lotion even before you’ve left the shower, right after rinsing soap or body wash. It will help lock in some extra moisture.
3. Of course, hot water showers feel great in winter, but they wreak havoc on dry skin. Try a lukewarm shower instead, and then pat your skin dry with a towel. Although soaking in a hot bath may feel great after being outside in the cold, the prolonged water exposure and heat breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin causing a loss in moisture. Keep showers and baths lukewarm and short, and opt for gentle cleansers that won’t irritate your skin.
4. Avoid skin products and hairstyling products that have a high alcoholic content. When alcohol evaporates, it feels cool and refreshing and it also strips away moisture. So opt for alcohol-free products, when the air is already dry.
5. When it comes to hair, if you’re already dealing with dry, brittle hair, resist the urge to reach for the hair dryer. It will only make things worse. Dry your hair with a towel. If you still want to use a dryer, try to use it for less time.
6. One of the biggest problems during winter are chapped lips. Use a lip balm with at least SPF 15 and preferably one with antiseptic agents to aid in healing. Some lip balm products are made with tea tree oil, which helps to heal painful cracks.
7. Don’t rely on your typical lotion to get you through the cold winter months. Creams offer more moisture than lotions; look for creams with ceramides which can help replenish the damaged skin barrier. Be sure to moisturize every time you wash your hands and get out of the shower and again before bed. Your hands, feet, knees and elbows need to be looked after too, during winter. Use products containing shea butter, petrolatum, mineral oil, tea tree oil or glycerin. For intense relief, moisturize hands and feet at night, and then slip on gloves or socks to lock in the moisture.
Many cases of dry winter skin will clear up within a few weeks of adjusting your routine. If your skin doesn’t improve, consider calling your doctor. You could be dealing with eczema or psoriasis that requires more aggressive medical therapy.
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