Winter months can take a toll on your skin. The cold temps and chilly wind dries out your skin and can leave you feeling itchy and irritated. Fight back against Jack Frost and take back your hydrated and glowing face! Practicing good moisturizing techniques during the winter months is sure to leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated. Check out some of these tips to find your new winter skincare routine.
Limit your shower time
Who doesn’t love a warm shower on a cold winter night? Answer: your skin. Long, hot showers can actually make your skin lose much needed moisture. Instead of a long, steamy shower, opt for a five to ten-minute lukewarm shower. Your skin will thank you for it.
The best way to combat dry skin is to add moisture back. Use a cream or ointment in the winter as both will absorb more easily into your skin. Make sure to apply the selected moisturizer after showers or washing your hands to help your skin retain water.
Drinking water will not only help your body function better, but it will also keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. While drinking water is not as effective as topical treatments like lotions, it can go a long way in keeping your skin hydrated.
Items like gloves, scarves and coats will help protect your skin from the dry, cold air. It will also protect you from the winter sun which can be just as harmful to your skin as the summer sun. Be sure to pick your fabrics carefully as some choices, like wool, can do more harm than good.
Invest in a Humidifier
Heating in homes can suck the moisture right out of the air, leaving your skin dry and cracked. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air, which will prevent your skin from feeling dry and itchy. It is a good idea to place humidifiers in multiple locations throughout your home for the best results. If that doesn’t seem feasible, have at least one humidifier in your bedroom so you can reap the benefits as you sleep.
Avoid Exfoliating and Chemical Peels
Exfoliating your skin can be beneficial if your skin is starting to feel dry but avoid exfoliating too much in the winter or if your skin is already uncomfortably dry. You don’t want to risk irritating skin more or drawing out what little moisture is in your skin. Save the exfoliating scrubs and chemical peels for when your skin is feeling less dry.
Use moisturizing gloves and socks
Since you will be wearing socks and gloves to stay warm, why not have them help you moisturize as well? Put some lotion on your feet before you put on socks to trap in moisture all day long. And before you go to sleep, put some lotion on your hands and slip on some gloves. You will wake up with soft hands and will avoid painful skin issues associated with dry hands.
Although winter can be hard on your skin, there are things you can do each day to keep your skin happy and healthy. If you need an extra hydration boost, schedule one of our Signature Facials today!