Let’s just put it out there: winter and skin are not the best of friends.
At this point in the season, your door can’t hang one more heavy coat and your online shopping cart is full of one too many scarves, but let’s not forget about the most essential part of winter: the ongoing battle with dry skin.
As the temperatures continue to drop, the dry environment and lack of moisture allows for cracked hands, chapped lips and scaly legs. Ew. This winter weather demands an upgrade to your skin care regimen, because nothing complements that seasonal vampy lip more than a hydrated, glowing face.
Read below for the basic rules to follow for skin care this winter.
Moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE.
While you might only need a thin lotion on your body during summer months,switch to a thicker skin moisturizer, such as an ointment or cream, in the winter. Apply it when your skin is still damp from a shower. An ointment such as petroleum jelly is the thickest skin moisturizer you can buy and will work well for treating dry skin.Although it can be greasy, if you put it on when your skin is damp, the greasiness will go away.
Don’t shower in super hot water.
We know it’s tempting, but showering in scalding temperatures tends to dry out your skin even more. Hot water removes natural oils from the skin, and the more oils removed, the drier the skin becomes. Keep showers under 10 minutes and apply your skin moisturizer within three minutes of stepping out. Also, avoid soaps with deodorants, fragrance, or alcohol because they can strip your skin of its natural oils.
Give Your Hands a Hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
Slather on the Sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
Grease Up Your Feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
Don’t rule out the humidifier.
Yes, it takes up space and, yes, it’s not the first item on your Christmas list, but the added vapor will hyper-hydrate your skin and help prevent a flaky, itchy outer layer.No humidifier? Fill a bowl with water and put it near the source of your heat.