Winter is the most wonderful time of the year for everything except your skin. It’s hard to remember that even though the seasons change, the battle for healthy, smooth skin is never ending. It may be hard to believe, but the winter months can greatly harm the elasticity and health of your skin.
Our skin is heavily drained of vital moisture during the winter months from a combination of cold, dry, windy weather, and the humidity-reducing heaters inside. All the hard work we put in to protecting and hydrating our skin during the summer, all goes to waste when our skin fades to a dull and ashy look.
Wrinkles and dry skin are produced much faster from the lack of hydration we suffer. Here are some ways to combat these conditions.
Take Shorter, Lukewarm Baths
Normally the first thing you want to do after working outside in the cold air or after exercising is to take a super warm shower. Hot showers are great, but you must resist the temptation to stay underneath the shower head. Keep your showers and baths shorter during the winter months. The oils in your skin are repelled by water and unfortunately your natural oils are stripped from your skin during a long hot shower.
When you’re done in the shower, apply a body oil to your damp skin; one that’s loaded with skin softening ingredients, including soybean oil, honey, and Vitamin E. For extra moisturization, you can also mix a little bit of this body oil into your body lotion. (Bonus: Honey contains antibacterial properties. This helps to keep you safe in the winter from all those germs that are flying around).
Change Your Facial Cleanser
When you change your moisturizer from a regular one in the summer to an ultra-hydrating moisturizer in the winter, you also want to do the same thing to your facial cleanser. You want to make a switch to more gentle cleansers that don’t tear away moisture. Stay away from cleansers that contain a high concentration of traditional soap solvents like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and during cold spells you may need to discontinue using facial cleansers that have a high acid content (alpha hydroxyl acids like glycolic acid or salicylic acid). The best thing to do is to make a switch to a cleanser that hydrates while it cleans your face.
Use a Humidifier
The combination of chilly temperatures outside, and unforgiving, dry heat indoors produces a ritual at nighttime that demands more attention and complications than simply applying some night cream and heading to bed. A humidifier is the answer you need to simplify your winter skin, night routine. To fight the loss of moisture that your skin will suffer as your heater runs extra during the night from the temperature drop, get a cool mist humidifier and aim it at your face while you sleep. Your skin will produce more moisture and retain it while you sleep.
Do More Than Just Moisturize
When you find yourself at a loss of how to help your skin in the winter months – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! The more you apply, the better off you’ll be, but it’s important to understand just how often and at what times you should apply it. You need to hydrate your skin regularly and often in the winter months to better fight off the cracking and drying of skin which can quickly lead to aging. A great time to moisturize is right after you get out of the shower. While it’s good to towel off, make sure your face and body are still a bit damp before you apply your moisturizer. Water can help it spread more easily on your skin.
Skinceuticals B5 Gel is a great tool to have in the arsenal of your skincare routine. The main ingredient is hyaluronic acid which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. This gel can boost the effects of your moisturizer and help your skin retain its hydration. It absorbs really fast and hydrates your skin without causing you to feel greasy.
Also keep in mind, your moisturizer should be the correct type for your skin. If you have acne skin you don’t want a moisturizer for dry skin.
It’s time to listen to that voice in the back of your head that sounds mysteriously like your mother. She may have reminded you over 100 times every day to apply sunscreen year-round. It’s a warning that you’re going to want to keep at the top of your priority list and close to your heart. You’re still risking sun damage to your skin no matter where you live or how old you are. So, whether it’s just a chill in the air or 6 inches of snow on the ground, the sun is always a risk.
People either don’t think it’s important enough or they just forget, but during the winter months, you need to apply that sunscreen. Even on the cloudiest and coldest days of winter, ultraviolet rays are still there, so when you’re outdoors, you need that added protection from the harmful rays of the sun. So, here’s to you and your beautiful skin.