Everyone worries about their skin in the summer with sunburn, drying and sun freckles. Did you know we should be more concerned about winter skin care and dry skin?
The cold weather can take a real toll on your skin. Dry skin can be itchy and if neglected can affect your skin’s elasticity and trigger outbreaks of irritated skin.
Here are the best winter skin care tips to keep your skin soft & supple all year round.
#1 – Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
We know that hot shower in the morning feels great when the rooms are chilly.
But during the winter don’t have super hot baths or showers – it strips your skin of natural oils that hydrate your skin.
Use creamy body cleansers and after showering or bathing immediately moisturize your skin with oil based body moisturizers.
They form a protective layer that helps retain more water.
If you do use a water-based moisturizer, make sure it contains humectants such as Ammonium Lactate, Glycerin, and Sodium PCA. They increase moisture in your skin by attracting water from the deeper dermis level to the epidermis, increasing the pliability of the skin.
Have a hand cream available beside the sink and moisturize your hands every time you wash them.
(I love Glysomed Hand Cream. It’s fragrance-free. I put it in all my adult kids’ Christmas stockings & always carry one in my purse.)
Make moisturizing your body – especially feet, elbows and knees – a part of your bedtime ritual.
Don’t forget your family’s lips! If lips get dry, they get itchy. Sometimes kids lick their lips and even the skin above their lips get chapped – like a painful mustache.
Unfortunately many lip balms contain ingredients that actually dry out your lips.
If you have a serious case of chapped lips, you may want to use a Lip Mask* to soothe and replenish moisture.
Don’t get “alligator” feet!
Moisturize feet every night as part of your bedtime ritual and remove dry skin regularly before you have cracked heels & callused toes. (I use the Ped Egg. It’s cheap, quick & easy to use and available everywhere.)
Every year my hubby gives me Aloe Infused Socks in my Christmas stocking. I love them! They are warm & fuzzy and feel soooo good on the feet.
#2 – Protect from Windburn & Frostbite
Exposure to harsh weather can quickly dry and chap your skin anywhere on your body, so be sure to wear the proper winter clothing to protect your skin from frostbite and windburn.
- wear layers so you can add/remove as needed
- be sure to wear socks not only to keep feet warm but also to protect ankles
- hat that covers ears
- scarf that can be wrapped around neck, face and ears as required
- glove to protect hands and wrists – there are touchscreen winter gloves* that allow you to use your cellphone or tablet while wearing them
Windburn is redness and chafing caused by a strong wind. (When I had windburn from a weekend of winter fun, the only moisturizer that worked was Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream*.)
Winter rays are just as strong as summer rays, even if you can’t feel the heat. The sun reflecting off the ice & snow can be as dangerous as sunshine at the beach. In fact, snow burns can be even more dangerous than regular sunburns. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your face of at least 15 SPF when you’re outdoors.
#3 – Add Moisture to the Air with a Humidifier
Invest in a humidifier to moisturize the air.
The indoor climate is considerably drier in the winter months with the furnace and heaters running regularly.
The heated air in your home dries your skin – and your pet’s skin – and makes it itchy. Using a humidifier restores the proper moisture in the air that’s better for your skin.
Aim for a humidity level of 35 – 50% – if you get condensation on your windows, you will need to lower it.
(When our cat is full of static electricity, we know its time to turn on the humidifiers. LOL)
You may even want a portable humidifier for your office.
#4 – Keep Healthy Habits in Winter
During the summer we watch what we eat to keep our bikini bodies, and drink plenty of water to hydrate. When winter comes . . . not so much. (Especially around the holidays!)
The skin gives off moisture to try and protect itself from dryness, so make sure you drink lots of water to help. Hydrating your body from the inside out plays an important part because when you’re dehydrated your body pulls moisture from wherever it can, including your skin.
Be sure to eat healthy food like raw veggies or vegetable juice in the winter that creates glowing skin. It’s a good idea to take a vitamin C, E and Omega 3/Krill Oil supplement to give your diet an extra boost.