This is our annual reminder that maintaining healthy skin all winter can be as simple as making just a few small lifestyle changes. You want to protect your skin, moisturize, avoid known irritants, and control your environment to prevent red, cracked, itchy, irritated skin.
Cold air holds less moisture, so skin can become dry and even cracked or painful in winter months. Some common sense and, perhaps, a little product assistance can help skin stay moisturized and healthy when temperatures drop and the cold winds blow.
Although steps are always easier said than done, it really doesn’t take much effort to improve your skin’s health by following some of our 10 tips to maintain a healthy glow all winter long
1. Wear the proper clothing – protect skin when outdoors from wind and cold with gloves, hats, scarves.
2. Hydrate - drink enough water. It is easy to forget in winter, when you tend to be less thirsty, that skin needs to be moisturized from the inside out as well as from the outside in.
3. Moisturize - at least once a day, and more often as needed. Avoid fragrances and dyes that can cause skin irritation.
4. Pat dry – don’t scour, after shower or bath and apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp.
5. Avoid overexposure to water – limit showers or baths to 15 minutes in lukewarm water. The hotter the water and the longer you stay in it, the more moisture is depleted from your skin.
6. Use mild soaps – that don’t strip moisture from your skin, such as Dove.
7. Wear sunscreen – because even though the sun doesn’t feel as strong in winter, UVA and UVB rays can still be damaging.
8. Moisturize lips – which are particularly sensitive to cold and wind..
9. Moisturize hands – they, too, are particularly susceptible since they suffer frequent hand washing to avoid sickness in the winter
10. Humidify – because not only is cold air naturally less humid, it becomes even drier when heated in our homes. Nasal sprays can help keep nostrils moisturized.