During winter time the weather can get extremely cold. Humidity levels are low and the air can get really dry. Your skin can dry out and look dull and may even itch due to lack of moisture. If you don’t take special care of your skin it can crack, bleed, get red or irritate you. To keep your skin soft and glowing during winter, try the following tips.
1. Wash in Lukewarm Water
It is advisable that you use warm water to wash your face, hand and body. The lukewarm water will prevent your body’s natural oils from stripping away from your skin. These oils help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.
2. Moisturize Immediately After Washing
Immediately after washing in lukewarm water, apply a moisturizer to your skin. Applying moisture to your damp skin helps to seal the moisture into your skin. Keep a bottle of moisturizer in your bathroom, kitchen and other sinks so you always have it on hand.
3. Choose Moisturizers Carefully
Some moisturizers have ingredients that further dry out your skin during winter. Ensure you select one that has natural, nourishing ingredients that help to soothe dry and itchy skin. Look for hydrating ingredients like jojoba and lavender. Most oil-based moisturizers help your skin retain moisture in the winter.
4. Protect Your Skin
Wear protective clothing to keep your skin from the damaging effects of frost bite, rain and snow. Besides using thick clothing and long sleeved garments, make sure to protect your neck and hands by wearing scarves and gloves.
5. Moisturize the Air
Humidifiers are great gadgets to help increase moisture in your bedroom. They are very effective for treating dryness on your skin, nose, throat and lips. They also ease stuffy noses and other symptoms caused by the common cold.
6. Try Water and Water-based Foods
During winter, the temperature drops and the air gets drier. Your body gets less moisture because you tend to drink less water than before. When you keep your body hydrated you will help maintain healthy skin. The secret to soft, glowing skin is to drink lots of water. You can drink water at room temperature or have it lightly flavored. Fruits, vegetables and clear soups are good sources of water.
7. Apply an Overnight Moisturizer
Overnight moisturizers protect and revitalize your skin. When you sleep, your natural body functions cause dehydration. By applying a moisturizer before bedtime, you will help your skin to retain moisture so you can look well rested the next day. Deep moisturizing balms can be applied to your hands, elbows, feet and knees.
You should remove all dead skin cells on the outer layer of your skin. Do this with a pumice stone which is excellent for exfoliating the skin. Maintain a smooth, soft skin by applying a good exfoliating scrub all over your body. You may like an exfoliating mask which you can use on your face and your hands for an overnight relief. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in maintaining healthy and radiant skin during winter.
9. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants
Pollen, molds and mites can cause allergies. Some fabric used in winter garments and certain detergents can irritate your skin and should be avoided. Use mild cleansers and moisturizers as well as hypoallergenic products which are designed for sensitive skin. They will help soothe any discomfort you may experience.
Cracked, flaky skin can cause discomfort. Keeping your skin well moisturized during these cold months would help you maintain healthy, soft and glowing skin. So, give your skin some TLC and get through the winter with ease!