Winter Skin Care Tips

7 - skin careWinter weather doesn’t just add a rosy glow to the cheeks. It also makes our skin especially dry, resulting in cracking, flaking and painful stinging. To minimize these unpleasant effects, employ the following winter skin care strategies.
Moisturize differently. Water-based moisturizers are fine for the summer, but winter weather calls for something different. Try an oil-based moisturizer, which will create a protective coating over your skin.
Use sunscreen. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the sun can be especially harmful to skin during the winter months. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen anytime you go outdoors, regardless of the temperature.
Stay dry. Damp socks and gloves can cause itching, cracking and sores. Try to keep these items dry and change your socks when they grow moist with sweat.
Humidify. Home heating units make indoor air especially dry. Combat this by using a humidifier in your home.
Hydrate. Even mild dehydration can have a big impact on the way your skin feels. Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated
Hold back on facial peels. Harsh masks, peels and alcohol-based astringents strip vital oils from the skin. Use these less frequently during the winter months or try a mild foaming cleanser or cleansing milk instead.
Avoid hot baths. A hot shower or bath might feel great after a day out in the cold, but it can wreak havoc on the skin. Hot water breaks down the skin’s lipid barriers, resulting a loss of moisture that promotes itchy stinging skin. You’re better off taking a lukewarm shower or bath, which is less likely to irritate your skin. You can also ease the symptoms of especially dry skin by taking a bath with baking soda or oatmeal.
Grease your feet. Look for a lotion that contains either glycerin or petroleum jelly, which can have a soothing and protective impact on your feet.
Wear gloves. Since our hands have fewer oil glands than other parts of our body, they need extra protection from the elements. Always wear gloves in cold weather to prevent cracking and itchiness. If you’re wearing wool gloves, try slipping on a pair of thin cotton gloves first to avoid irritation.
For other skin care tips, check out this great video!

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