6 Ways to Get Your Skin Winter Ready
The long, sun-drenched days of summer are passing us by once more, and the colder winter months are ahead. Winter brings beautiful fall leaves, boots, and festive holidays. But the harsh, dry, cold months also mean flakey, dry skin and sore, chapped lips.
Or do they?
This winter you can follow the below 6 steps to keep a healthy, nourished and moisturized glow to your skin.
Cold, dry air in the wintertime can zap all the moisture right out of your skin, leaving it feeling rough, flakey, and itchy. Using a gentle exfoliating wash a couple times a week can help keep the rough layer of dead, dry cells from building up and flaking off. This will give you fresh, lovely skin to lavish with rich moisture.
Amp up your moisturizer
Once you have a smooth, clean surface unveiled from your gentle exfoliation, it’s vital to apply moisturizer to hydrate your skin. During the winter, it’s a good idea to use a more intensive moisturize lotion or cream to make sure that your skin is getting nourished and protected. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean thicker, heavier formulas. You just need a lotion that is well suited to your skin type, and keeps necessary moisture locked in.
Apply lotion right after your shower
As soon as you step out of the shower, pat your skin with a towel, leaving it a bit damp. This is the best time to apply lotion all over your body and face to help seal in the moisture. Within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower, the water on your skin begins to evaporate so it’s important to get your lotions on immediately.
Also, as luxurious and warming as a hot bath sounds in the cold of winter, it will only further dry out your skin. If you need a soak, keep it brief, and apply lotion right after you get out of the tub.
Humidify your home
One of the main culprits to dry skin is the dry air that abounds in the wintertime. Since you’ll be spending more time indoors to escape the cold, it’s a great time to invest in a humidifier for your home. This will help keep some humidity and moisture in the air inside, so your skin won’t be as parched while you’re indoors.
Give your lips some love
What is your first instinct when your lips feel dried out and depleted of moisture? Whether or not you realize it, your first urge it probably to lick them. While this seems to apply temporary moisture and relief, it will only coat your lips with acidic saliva that will dry them out further by eating away the skin. Try to avoid licking, and apply a highly moisturizing lip balm as often as needed to keep your lips supple and ready to face the cold.
Use an SPF
Just because it is winter, it does not mean that you don’t need to use your same daily sunscreen application habits you stuck to religiously in the summer. Sure, you won’t need to lather up your whole body for a poolside party, but be sure to protect parts of you that will be exposed to the elements when you venture out such as your face and hands.
Armed with these tips, you can put your best face forward and defeat the winter moisture zappers looking to steal your glow.