Ah, winter! That magical time of year brings to mind warm mugs of hot chocolate, curling up by a crackling fire with a good book, and...dry skin?! If you suffer from extra dry skin in the winter time, you’re definitely not alone. As many eczema and psoriasis sufferers are well aware, the cooler weather and drier air can irritate and wreak havoc on sensitive skin. That’s the bad news. The good news is there’s something you can do about it! If you’re someone who wants to enjoy winter but dreads having to deal with the drier, more irritated skin the season often brings, this post is for you!
Ten Tips for Winter-ready Skin
1. Moisturise multiple times a day…
If you tend to have dry skin, this should be a no-brainer, and moisturising is all the more important in the winter time. The drier, draftier weather, as well as indoor heating can both dry out your skin faster than usual. This is why it’s important to moisturise more often during the winter, especially after washing or exposing your skin to the elements. Consider using an oil-based moisturiser instead of water-based because the oil will help create a protective layer on your skin, allowing it to retain more moisture.
2. …But limit exfoliation.
When your skin is extra dry, using face masks, peels, or exfoliating too much can increase dryness and irritate your skin. Instead, opt for gentle cleansing milks or “deeply hydrating” masks, but use them sparingly.
3. Bundle up.
Your winter gear is not only for keeping you warm; it also serves as an important defense layer between your skin and the harsh elements. Remember to wear gloves or mittens before going out to protect your hands. On extra cold or windy days, consider wrapping a scarf around your cheeks to prevent your face from drying out.
4. Avoid super-hot baths and showers.
Although it might be tempting to turn up the heat to combat the cold of winter, try using only warm (and not overly hot) water. This is important because hotter temperatures contribute to breaking down your skin’s natural oil barriers, making it much harder for your skin to retain moisture. Also, limit how much time you spend in the water. Both your skin and the environment will thank you. Remember to moisturise afterwards!
5. Avoid sitting too close to heat sources.
Regardless of the source, whether from a log fire or from an electric heater, high heat can dry out your skin, which is why it’s important not to sit too close. If your skin starts to feel dry after spending time in a heated area, remember to moisturise.
6. Consider using a humidifier.
Using a humidifier will help keep your skin more moisturised, at least while indoors. Placing several small humidifiers throughout your home may help keep moisture levels more even throughout the area. Also, remember to keep the door closed while showering so that the moisture and humidity stay inside.
7. Change out of wet clothes immediately.
After a day playing in the snow, your gloves or socks might be soaked. Or maybe you were working out and sweated through your clothes. Either way, try to change out of wet clothes as soon as you can to limit the irritation they cause to your skin. This is important regardless of the season, but especially during the winter when your skin may be extra dry and sensitive.
8. Use lip balm.
Your lips need some attention too, just like the rest of your skin! Lip balm will help protect your lips from getting cracked or overly dry. Consider keeping some with you in a pocket or bag whenever you go out.
9. Choose natural, gentle products.
This is another tip that is important regardless of the season, but using only gentle, natural products is especially important during winter when your skin is extra vulnerable. Products to pay attention to include:
Skin products: Make sure any moisturisers or soaps you use are gentle and free of harsh chemicals or fragrances. Alpinia offers a gentle body cream especially formulated for dry skin. It includes potent natural ingredients like frankincense, coconut oil, and shea butter, and is 100% vegan. Check it out here.
Laundry detergents: Opt for non-irritating, unscented kinds. Even better if labeled “hypoallergenic”.
Clothes: Regular wool may be scratchy and irritating, as can synthetics. Opt for smooth, natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, or merino wool to wear underneath any irritating layers.
10. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
That’s right, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Because the white snow reflects back the sun’s rays, it’s especially important to wear sunscreen in the winter. Even if it doesn’t snow where you live, sunscreen is still important to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.
Hopefully, these ten tips will make you prepared to enjoy the season more and worry less about your skin next time winter rolls around. Know of any other tips and tricks for winter-ready skin? Share with us at email@example.com!
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