10 Things You Should Know about Winter Skincare

10 Things You Should Know about Winter Skincare

Don’t expect the cold weather to be kind to your skin. So shift gears this winter. Play some tough defense against that blistering winter offense and protect your skin. Chances are the wind, snow and cold won’t back down, so step up your game.

Whether it’s chapping, flaking, turning a shade of red or being dry and itchy, cold weather gives almost everyone’s skin some sort of problem. Protecting your skin during these chilly months is very important. To help, we’ve created a winter skincare guide.

  1. Moisturize. According to WebMD, finding an 'ointment' moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based is essential. That way, the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that preserves more moisture than a cream or lotion. But make sure that the oil is appropriate for the face. Also, look for “non-clogging” oils, such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil or almond oil.
  2. Wear sunscreen. It’s not only for the summer. The winter sun and snow glare can still damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face about 30 minutes before going outside. If you stay outside for an extended period of time, make sure to reapply often.
  3. Avoid wet gloves and socks. They may irritate your skin and cause itching and cracking. They may even trigger sores or eczema.
  4. Pass on very hot baths. As tempting as it might be to jump in a super-hot bathtub after a walk in the cold, don’t do it! It can break down the lipid barriers in the skin. This can lead to moisture loss. Instead, opt for a bath with plain old warm water. You can also try a tepid bath with oatmeal or baking soda. It can help alleviate dry and itchy skin.
  5. Don’t use your normal bar of soap. Your face and body may benefit more from a milder, gentler cleanser. Soap can aggravate and worsen dry skin.
  6. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is essential during the winter, and it helps restore natural moisture to your skin.
  7. Make sure to focus on your hands and feet. These are danger zones where dry skin can peel and even crack. Make sure to apply lots of moisturizer to these sensitive areas.
  8. Don’t forget your lips. They can get sore and chapped easily. Use a thick moisturizer with shea butter or jojoba butter, and use it every time you go outside.
  9. Humidify your home, as it can get very dry due to heating. Your skin can become dehydrated, so increase the humidity level by using a humidifier.
  10. Keep working out. If you have a fitness routine, don’t forget about it! Working out stimulates blood circulation in your whole body, including your skin.