The winter weather is never any fun for your skin. Low humidity levels and cold, dry air quickly steals moisture away from your skin, leaving it feeling dry and tired. Without immediate care, the effect of cold weather on your skin can lead to painful cracking and even bleeding, particularly on sensitive areas, such as your lips. To reduce the effects of winter weather on your skin such as chapping, itching, and redness, keep these top tips in mind.
Wash in Warm Water
Hot baths and showers always feel particularly good in winter, especially if you’ve been out in the freezing cold weather all day long. However, washing with water that is too hot can strip oils away from the skin and be counterproductive when it comes to defending your skin from the cold winter air. Wherever possible, choose to wash in lukewarm water instead – especially if you’re just washing your face or hands. After a bath or shower, an all-over moisturizer or body butter will help to lock the moisture in and keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Have Regular Facials
As if you didn’t need any further excuses to treat yourself to a day of pampering! A visit to SpaMD for a revitalizing and moisturizing facial treatment can be one of the best ways to prepare your skin for facing the cold weather outside. Choose a facial that doesn’t only cleanse and exfoliate your skin, but also adds extra moisture to prevent it from drying out as soon as you step outside.
Choose the Right Products
During the winter months, making sure that you have the right skin care products on hand is more important than ever before. When choosing a new moisturizing cream, make sure that you go for one that provides extra moisture from naturally nourishing ingredients. Bear in mind that some over-the-counter moisturizing products contain petroleum-based ingredients, which can actually be counter-productive in cold weather and cause your skin to dry out even more. Opt for oil-based, rather than water-based, since this is more likely to enable your skin to retain more moisture in a cold climate.
It’s not uncommon for people to drink less water in the winter – after all, this season is for staying warm with hot drinks! However, staying hydrated is a must when it comes to making sure that your skin is well-protected against the cold air. Don’t forget that when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated, it should always start from the inside and moisturizing products will be less effective if your body is dehydrated,to begin with. If you can’t face the idea of drinking cold water when the temperature is below zero outside, then drinking it warm is just as effective. In fact, warm water with a slice of lemon can be a refreshing, warming simple winter drink.
During the winter, your skin can take a beating! If these tips helped you look after your skin during the cold weather, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.