10 Easy Winter Skin-Care Tips
You know the summer sun can wreak havoc on your skin, but don’t forget that winter weather can be just as tough on your face, hands, feet and elbows. In addition to cold-weather wind and sun, indoor air conditions and personal hygiene habits can add to your dermal demise. Following these 10 tips will help you keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter.
Carry a Scarf
Wind can be one of the biggest contributors to dry skin during the winter, so keep a scarf in your purse or pocket to use when you’re outdoors and feel Old Man Winter rushing across your face. It doesn’t take prolonged exposure to cold wind to help rob your skin of its natural lipids.
Cool it With the Hot Showers and Baths
A long, leisurely bath in a tub of hot water, or standing under a steaming hot shower after time in the cold outdoors are two of winter’s simple pleasures. However, hot water robs skin of its natural oils and can dry your skin. Reduce water temperatures when showering or bathing and spend less time in the water to help your skin. Adding drops of essential oil to a bath can also help your skin.
Don’t wait until your face feels tight or your hands, feet and elbows start to get red, flaky and cracked to break out the lotion. Put moisturizer on before you towel off when coming out of the shower, or after you lightly pat yourself dry. Lotions absorb better into the skin when it’s wet. In addition to commercial creams and lotions, try aloe and petroleum jelly. Don’t forget to treat your hands, feet and elbows. Switch to fat-dense, scent-free soaps and creams for more protection.
Buy more than one lip balm and keep them in your car, purse, office and house so you’ll always have one near. Don’t wait until your lips are cracked and bleeding before using a balm. Lube your kisser any time you’ll be out in the cold for longer than a few minutes and avoid licking your lips when you’re outside.
Turning up the heat indoors can lead to dry air that damages your skin. Invest in a humidifier and use it to keep the air in your home or office from damaging your skin.
You don’t need to drink eight glasses of water a day (an old myth), but you should drink enough to satisfy your thirst throughout the day. Keep water handy in your car and at work and change the water filter in your refrigerator or tap to make sure you have plenty of fresh water to keep you hydrated inside and out.
Try a Mask
Reduce your use of peels if winter weather will be blowing across your face on a regular basis, and try a moisturizing mask instead. You can use commercial creams or create your own concoctions using items such as yogurt, avocados, eggs or mayonnaise with oatmeal flakes or finely crushed nuts.
Sunscreen in Winter?
Yep. Even if you don’t feel the heat of the sun’s rays in winter, they are there. Sunscreen can help ward off the effects of winter sun while keeping your skin moisturized. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go outside so it absorbs into your skin and starts protecting you as soon as you step outside.
Keep your Feet and Hands Dry
Wet gloves, mittens and socks can cause red, dry, cracked hands and feet, as well as itching. Keep an extra pair of socks and gloves in the car or at work in case you step in a puddle or get your hands wet.
Get More Vitamins
Foods high in vitamin A and E can help improve your skin cells. Choices include avocados, carrots, tomatoes, peanut butter, spinach, turnip greens, wheat germ, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, liver, almonds, pine nuts, milk and hazelnuts.