The cold, blustery conditions outside during winter and the extensively drying indoor heat can wreak havoc on your skin leaving it red, dry, itchy and irritated. But worry not! Easy changes to your everyday routine can combat the causes of dry winter skin and help keep your healthful, glowing skin feel moist and supple all season long.
Here are our top 10 skincare tips to keep in mind so that you can look and feel your best all winter long:
A humidifier is a really great investment not just for your health but also for your skin. Heating systems can dry out the air in your homes or in your office and installing a humidifier will help add back moisture to the air, preventing and alleviating the dryness of the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lips.
Consider installing a humidifier in the rooms that you spend the most time in to help keep your skin soft and hydrated.
Since higher temperature results in drier air, you should also try lowering the temperature of your central heating. Set the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable level (68°F to 72°F) to keep your skin nourished and moisturized even during these colder months.
It is very tempting to take hot showers and baths during winter but it’s best to avoid them if you want to take good care of your skin. Excessively hot water for bathing is bad for your skin since it washes away the much-needed natural oils that keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Take note that if the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot.
When cleaning yourself, just use lukewarm water (80° F to 90° F) and spend only 5- to 10-minutes showering or bathing to maintain your skin’s natural moisture level.
Did you know that the wrong cleansing product can make your dry skin worse? A lot of skincare products contain fragrance and exfoliants and these irritating ingredients can be extremely drying for the skin during the colder months.
Make sure that you are using a gentle and fragrance-free cleanser that contains moisturizing ingredients. Just like the YEOUTH Vitamin C Facial Cleanser, enriched with nourishing ingredients like Aloe, Green Tea, and Ginseng, this facial cleanser actively repairs the skin, restores its glow and protects it from everyday stress.
Your skin needs more moisture right after washing so make sure that you immediately follow with a toner and a moisturizer. Cleansing can dry out your skin and leaving it without layers of protection for more than 30 seconds can dehydrate it and make your skin more prone to dryness.
Make sure that you apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer right after cleansing to lock in moisture into the skin. Keep a bottle of your favorite moisturizer in the bathroom and use it liberally every time you cleanse yourself to keep the moisture barrier intact and prevent dry skin.
Use a thick, moisturizing cream like our Hyaluronic Acid Cream. It locks in skin moisture and hydrates to the max and will surely leave your skin feeling supple and moisturized without the greasy and heavy feel.
Products that may have worked for you during the summer may not be good for your skin during winter. This is why you need to change up your skincare routine accordingly.
Use mild products that contain ingredients like ceramides, glycerin and hyaluronic acid to help in maintaining the moisture barrier of your skin. On the other hand, sparingly use or totally avoid harsh masks, astringent lotions, and any other skincare product that contain alcohol as these can further dry out your skin.
Did you know that snow reflects the sun's rays and increases your risk of exposure by up to 80 percent? Even though the sun isn’t shining and the day is dark and gloomy, the harmful UV rays of the sun still permeate through the clouds and cause skin damage. This is why it’s just as important to apply sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. Before you head outside, apply a moisturizing sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.
You also need to wear protective clothing to keep your skin protected from the cold wind, rain or snow so always wear gloves, scarves and caps when you head out during winter.
A lot of cold-weather clothing have rough and itchy fabrics which have the tendency to aggravate dry winter skin. It is best to wear comfortable clothes made from soft, non-irritating materials like cotton or silk first before layering on your heavier and warmer sweaters. This way, the rough fabric won’t rub directly against your skin.
Wearing wet clothing for a long time can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. If any item of your clothing becomes wet because of the rain or snow, make sure to remove them as soon as possible to prevent skin irritation.
Because of the dry winter air, it's easier for water to evaporate from our bodies. For this reason, we must take extra effort in keeping it hydrated from the inside, out. Although you might not feel as thirsty during winters, still make sure that you drink at least 8 cups of water daily to stay hydrated.
Eating foods that have high water content also helps to hydrate your skin. Add fruits like oranges, kiwi, apple or cantaloupe to your diet. You can also eat more watery vegetable like tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers and celery. Fatty fishes and flaxseed also help in keeping skin nourished since they contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids and makes skin supple and moisturized.