The weather outside may be frightful, but your skin doesn’t have to be! For many, the dreadful weather brings more than rosy cheeks—I’m referring to the uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands and feet especially. For that reason, winter is a time to be extra cautious about your skin. From your moisturizer to your lip balm, it’s important to protect your skin. Following these simple tips will help you avoid those dreaded winter woes.
Hands, feet, elbows and knees all need special attention during the winter. Use moisturizers containing shea butter, petrolatum, mineral or tea oil, and glycerin. These ingredients can lock in moisture, keeping your skin smooth all winter. For your face, look for an oil-based moisturizer rather than cream based. Creams tend to dry out the skin rather than keep it moisturized and soft.
Protect Your Hands
Because the skin on your hands is much thinner than other parts of your body, the cold weather can cause severe damage. Why expose your hands to the cold anyway? When you go outside, be sure to wear gloves. Opt for cotton or fleece gloves though, as they are much gentler on your skin. And apply moisturizer daily to avoid itchy and cracking hands.
Avoid Hot Baths
While a hot shower feels great on those extra chilly winter days, the intense heat can actually break down the lipid barriers in your skin. In turn, this can lead to loss of moisture and ultimately dry skin. Instead, take a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda. Oatmeal can function as a skin protectant—protecting skin from irritants and helps to soothe skin that’s itchy, painful or irritated.
Carry Lip Balm
One of the biggest problems during the winter months is chapped lips. If you are prone to this, carry a lip balm in purse. Look for one with petrolatum, shea butter, or sunflower seed oil to nourish cracked lips. I recommend Aveeno Lip Conditioner Essential Moisture and Blistex Lip Infusion—both contain SPF 15. More important, resist the urge to lick your chapped lips as it will only make them worse!
Hydrate your skin from within by drinking plenty of water. On average, you should try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Carry a water bottle with your wherever you go. Water will give your skin that healthy glow all year round. Cold? Try drinking herbal tea, it will keep your skin rejuvenated. So, drink up!
Winter is a great time of year. But the cold weather is not so great for our skin. Avoiding dry, cracked skin is as easy following these simple tips. Be prepared, and have a wonderful winter this year.
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Jessica Clifford is a freelance writer and beauty enthusiast. Jessica loves sharing her expertise and ideas about skin care. She believes that beautiful skin is a combination of the skin you were born with and the way you care for your skin as you age.