When it comes to caring for your skin, winter weather can irritate and worsen certain conditions. These 7 skin care tips will help keep your skin in good health and you feeling more comfortable.
1. You know how awesome a long, hot shower feels when the temperature dips? Don't do it! Hot water strips away your skins natural oils, leaving you more vulnerable to skin conditions such as cracked or dry skin. If you have eczema or other skin conditions, it can get much worse. The American Dermatology Association recommends taking shorter hot showers or better yet, use lukewarm water. Another thing to note is that colder winter temperature and the heating we use reduce the amount of humidity in the air. This drier air causes our skin to lose moisture, making it dry, and cracked. If you can, use a humidifier to keep the humidity up.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. This skin care tip applies to women and men alike. We know that showering strips moisture from our skin. You replenish that moisture by using moisturizer. Consider using sunscreen that contains moisturizer and reapplying whenever you feel dry. More on that in tip number three. Pro tip: make sure anything you apply to your face is labeled "non-clogging." For instance, shea butter can clog your pores.
3. Reinforce your body's armor (your skin) with sunscreen. You're probably wondering why you need sunscreen in the winter and not just summer time. Regardless of the time of the year, there are still ultraviolet rays from the sun to lead to premature skin aging or cancer. Use moisturizers that contain sunscreen for double protection.
4. Water for everyone! [Or stay hydrated]. Water detoxifies, it improves skin complexion, helps with the balance of the body's fluids. Need I say more? Water also helps control calories and energize your muscles. So drink more water!
5. You may already be using the above tips but did you know that your cleansers or soaps can be drying to your skin? Instead, use gentler soaps like Clarins Gentle body soap, Eucerine's skin Calming body wash or Redken's Cleanse cleansing bar.
6. Consume foods that contain omega-3 and vitamins A, C & E. These foods contain antioxidants and can be found in fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants firm the skin, reduce appearance of wrinkles, repair sun damage and are anti-inflammatory.
7. Exfoliate your skin when you shower to gently slough off dry skin. As skin care goes, exfoliation is a step in the process our body's use to renew skin. Dead skin is constantly replaced to reveal newer, more elastic skin. By using a loofah or sponge you're assisting this process.