16 Useful Winter Skin Care Tips To Stick To!
When cold weather arrives, skin problems come along with it. Dryness of skin is a major winter issue and maintaining healthy skin should be a MUST on your list. Skin care isn’t so difficult to maintain. There is a wide variety of skin care products on the market. But still, you do have to take care more of yourself during cold days so you won’t face any consequences.
For many people, the cold days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet.
For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling-they get skin so dry, it results in flaking, cracking, or even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
How to avoid skin problems? By following these 16 tips which are basics for proper skin care.
1.Analyze Your Skin
Paying a visit to an esthetician or dermatologist even once per year is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on skin care products you should be using.
Buying expensive skin care products doesn’t necessary means they are the best solution for you. You pay for the luxury packaging only. Try out different brands. Maybe you will find the best one that works for you, for which you don’t have to pay a fortune.
2.Do Moisturize More
Maybe you’ve just found a perfect moisturizer that works just fine both in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, your skin care routine should as well.
Find a moisturizer that is oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion (many lotions labeled as “night creams” tend to be oil-based.)
Choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for your skin. Instead, look for “non-clogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil.
Shea oil – or butter, is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. Also, vegetable shortening, is a really bad idea. It would just sit on the skin and it will make it look really greasy.
3.Sunscreen In Winter??
Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun combined with snow glare can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a for a longer period of time.
4.Help Your Hands
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather.
This can lead to itchiness, redness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside. When wearing wool gloves to keep your hands warm, slip on prior a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters), are producing hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home.They will for sure disperse the moisture more evenly.
I bet you’ve heard hundreds of times that drinking water is a must. Yes, you do hydrate your body and your skin, but only drinking water cannot save you from the cold weather. You must use additional skin care products to protect your skin properly.
7.Take Care Of Your Feet
Yes, all those minty odored foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff.
Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. You need to use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically, since it helps any moisturizers used to sink in faster and deeper into the skin.
8.Go Easy On Peels
In case your facial skin tends to be too dry, then you should avoid using harsh peels, masks and alcohol-based toners or astringents. All of them can strip vital oil from your skin and you might end with more dry skin.
Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol or masks that are deeply hydrating, rather than clay-based ones, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. You should use them a little less often.
9.Hot Baths?? Do Them Less!
Soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after a day out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath, actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. You’re better off with just warm water and staying in the water for a shorter period of time. And off course, follow with moisturizer.
10.Eat Healthy Fats
Stick with foods full of healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, sardines, and avocados. Let guacamole be your winter friend as well.
11.Stick To Vitamin C
Citrus fruits and dark leafy greens should be your buddies throughout the day. Vitamin C can help boost the body’s production of collagen, a protein that maintains skin and other connective tissues.
When you are outdoors in cold weather, the blood vessels cut off circulation to the nose. After coming indoors the blood vessels dilate quickly causing a rush of blood.
To bring your nose back to a normal state, apply a warm, but not so hot compress to the skin for several minutes after coming indoors. It will do the job.
Hair needs a little extra pampering during wintertime. When shampooing, it strips moisture away from the scalp and hair. If washing once or twice a week is normal for you, consider adding some time between shampoos to take dry winter conditions into account.
Don’t skip the conditioner.It will keep your hair clean and moisturized.
14.Dry (Chapped) Lips
Having a lip balm is a good first step, but winter winds can take chapped lips to a another level. If lips are flaky, take a clean toothbrush and very gently exfoliate the skin to remove excess skin.
Buy a lip balm with lanolin (a natural oily wax extracted from sheep’s wool!) and keep reapplying throughout the day. Lanolin is natural moisturizer that softens the skin, reduces evaporation and keep high level of hydration.
Wind and dry air are not a such a great combo for sensitive eyes. Keep a bottle of non-medicated saline tears or eye drops on hand and use it to refresh eye moisture when needed. Prevent irritation by keeping your hands away from the eye area.
If static is a major problem, try different grooming routines. Brushes with natural bristles help redistribute oils from the scalp to the rest of the hair and also conduct less static than plastic brushes and combs.
If you need a quick fix, run a bit of lotion through strands over hair before heading out the door. During winter, stick to cotton hats (which conduct much less static electricity than acrylic and wool does).
It’s wintertime, and the living ain’t easy…