Although the winter season is often beautiful to look at, the dry air can dry out the skin, chapping the face, hands and other exposed areas of the body. Fortunately, there are a few tips to keep your skin soft in the winter without spending a lot of money or putting a lot of effort into the skincare process.
When you wash your face in the winter, you might be tempted to use hot water because it feels better on your skin. However, hot water can dry the skin and burn it if you use it each time you wash the face. Use lukewarm water to wash your face because it’s gentler and doesn’t remove as many of the oils on the face as hot water. After washing the face, use a gentle moisturizer to keep the skin soft. The moisturizer will help to keep the dampness in the pores, preventing the skin from drying out.
Take your time finding a moisturizer and other products for the skin. Some products have petroleum in them. This will only enhance any dryness that occurs and makes the skin dry out faster. An oil-based moisturizer is often the best option. You also want to look for natural ingredients compared to a lot of chemicals, fragrances, and dyes. Moisturize the skin before going to bed as this is a time when the dead skin cells are often sloughed off while you sleep. You usually don’t realize just how warm you are at night because you’re asleep, which means that you won’t know how dry the skin gets. Add moisturizer to the feet, hands, and joints to keep moisture locked in until morning.
When you go outside, you’re going to need to protect the skin with gloves, a scarf and other articles of clothing to prevent the cold air from damaging the skin. You should also wear sunscreen in the winter. Even though the temperature isn’t as warm as it is in the summer, the sun can still burn the skin. Zinc oxide is a good choice to use any time of the year because it’s not as harsh on the skin. Drink as much water as you can. Sometimes, you might want to reach for a soothing drink that’s warm, such as hot chocolate or coffee. It’s important to drink water as well so that you stay hydrated. Try warm water with a small amount of lime or lemon if you want the added flavors. Eating foods that have a high water content is also an option. Anything from watermelon to cucumbers has high amounts of water, keeping the inside of your body just as hydrated as the outside.
The heat in the home can significantly dry out the air. Using a humidifier in the home can add moisture, keeping your skin from getting dry and keeping the static charges to a minimum in the home. You should try to keep a humidifier in the bathroom and in smaller rooms that tend to get warmer than the rest of the house. If you want to try to get rid of as many dead skin cells as possible, then exfoliate the skin. This will keep the skin smooth. Try to exfoliate before washing so that you can use moisturizer after getting out of the shower.
Try not to wear fabrics that scratch the skin. Wool is an example. You should also avoid using harsh detergents. Try to find detergents and hand soaps that have natural products in them or that have oils in them to keep the skin moisturized. Consider using a homemade mask that is made with honey, yogurt, and jojoba. You won’t get the chemicals from other masks while keeping the skin moisturized.