- Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
During winter, your skin loses moisture at a much faster rate and the protective top layer weakens. You may find yourself having to apply lotion more often to maintain the same comfort level. Tempting as it may be in winter, extra hot showers can increase the risk of dry winter skin. The extreme heat can break down lipid barriers which work to keep the skin moist. Stick with warm showers instead. For immediate relief from dry winter skin when you’re out and about, carry lotion in your bag or put one in your desk at work. Make sure you keep your skin healthy at home by moisturizing after showers and before bed. Using a lotion regularly will help to replenish the moisture that winter steals from your skin.
It’s also important to keep your face and lips protected from harsh winter weather. Here are a few tips to remember:
- Protect your lips with lip balm- Lips are always exposed and often become dehydrated in the winter. Keep them moisturized with an antioxidant lip repair from Skinceuticals made with Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E.
- Keep your face moisturized – Your face is also exposed to the elements and can easily lose its glow, so keep winter out with these Skinceuticals products : Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 anti-aging lipid replenishment treatment, Hydra Balm, Renew Overnight Dry moisturizer, Hydrating B5 gel, and H.A. Intensifier serum.
- Wear sunscreen in Winter
Most people think of sunscreen as “summer only”, but it can protect your skin from damage all year round. Snow reflects the sun’s rays and can intensify ultraviolet light, so it’s possible to get sunburn even when it’s freezing out. You’re also at risk of sunburn in cloudy or cool weather. Skin-damaging UV radiation can be even more concentrated at high altitudes, so be sure use sunscreen in your winter skincare routine while skiing, snowboarding or hiking. We recommend MDSolarScience Broad spectrum SPF 30 with Titanium Dioxide 2% and Zinc Oxide 17% and Skinceuticals Beauty Award Winner C E Ferulic antioxidant serum. Formulated with 15% pure vitamin C, 1% pure vitamin E and 0.5% Ferulic Acid neutralizes free radical damage caused by daily exposure to external aggressors, such as UV rays, pollution, and infrared-A radiation.
- Don’t Overheat Indoors
In winter, dry skin is caused by the drop in humidity outside (the amount of moisture in the air). This makes it easier for your skin to lose the important water that it needs to protect itself. Your skin can then become drier and crack, which can be painful and itchy.
When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing like returning to a warm, cozy home. But heating also removes moisture from the indoors, depriving your skin of the hydration it needs to function properly. To minimize dry skin in winter, keep the temperature comfortable, but not too hot for too long. You can also use a humidifier to replace lost indoor moisture.
- Take Care of Your Hands
The skin on your hands is thinner than the skin elsewhere on your body. Because hands are almost always exposed (and because dry winter air pulls moisture away from skin), hands are one of the first areas to show skin damage. In winter, protect your hands by wearing warm, dry gloves outside. Gloves that are wet from being out in the snow can be irritating to skin. In winter, skin rashes can occur from wet gloves that flare up eczema.
If your hands feel irritated or dry, keeping a moisturizing hand cream in your bag or at work can help to soothe them. Ingredients to look for in a Moisturizer for dry winter skin are Almond Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, and Olive Oil.