Winter is harsh on your skin. The combination of cold air and low humidity will easily dry your skin and cause damage, such as redness, chapping, itchiness, and cracking. However, if you take some measures to care for your skin, it will glow all winter long. Here are some things you can do to take care of your skin this entire winter season.
Up Your Intake of Healthy Fats and Water
One of the best ways to keep your skin healthy this winter is to moisturize from the inside out. Fat helps skin stay flexible and pliable. Foods containing healthy fats, such as avocados, eggs, and nuts, will properly moisturize your skin and help it glow on even the gloomiest days.
Water is a crucial element to healthy skin. Hydrating helps clear out any impurities in your skin. Drinking water also helps reduce the likelihood of chapped and dry skin.
Lower the Thermostat
Although the winter weather brings cold temperature, keep an eye on your thermostat to help your skin remain healthy. Do not lower the temperature so much that you are uncomfortably cold, but limit how long the heat remains on in your home. You may even want to lower the thermostat as low as you can stand overnight to allow your skin to regenerate.
Cover Your Skin
The wind will remove crucial moisture in your skin and cause redness and pain without proper protection. When you go outside in the harsh cold weather, be sure to cover your skin with a scarf or face covering, especially if you will be in torrential wind. You may also want to use a skin care product that acts as a barrier between your skin and the air.
Wear Sun Protection
Just because the weather is cold does not mean you stop sun protection. UVA rays will still penetrate your skin no matter what time of year. Wear good sunscreen before you go outdoors. You may also want to wear a hat to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays.
Wear Socks and Gloves to Bed
The skin on your face is not the only skin you need to protect during the winter. Your hands and feet can also become too dry. When you have cold hands and feet, the skin will dry out and crack. If you sleep with the temperature low, you may want to consider sleeping in gloves and socks to help keep them warm and adequately moisturized.
You may even want to wear hand and foot cream under the socks and gloves to help add extra moisture.
Avoid Too Much Exfoliation
Exfoliation is healthy for skin, but if you exfoliate too much in the winter, you remove extra insulation protecting your face and skin. Only exfoliate once a week with a soft washcloth. Avoid scrubbing too hard to avoid damaging your skin.
Add a Humidifier
When the weather gets cold, the humidity in the air decreases. With decreased humidity, the moisture wicks away from your skin. To help prevent this, add a humidifier to your home. A humidifier adds moisture back into the air in the home and keeps your skin from drying out.
Avoid Using Hot Water to Wash
Although a hot shower is comforting in the cold weather, do not use water that is too hot, especially on your face. The hot water will decrease the moisture in your skin. Also, do not take an abnormally long shower. The longer your skin has exposure to water, the more moisture you lose.
If you need assistance with your skin care, please contact us at Associated Dermatologists today.