A common skin care conern for many when the weather turns cold is dryness. Most people notice their skin is more dry, maybe even flaking, and that it feels more tight, which can be uncomfortable. Because the cold air has less humidity in it, your skin suffers the consequences such as cracking and bleeding. And, sometimes moisturizing isn’t enough. So, today I want to share with you my top tips for keeping your skin soft and glowing during cold weather season.
7 Tips to Beat Dry Skin this Cold Weather Season
- Hydrate from the inside, out. It’s important to stay hydrated all year, but in the colder months, most people tend to drink less water because they turn to warm drinks like hot tea and hot cocoa. However, drinking water is just as important now as it is in the warm months. You can even try warm water with fresh lemon in it for a refreshing twist. And, if you find that you are still having trouble getting enough water, eat more fruits and vegetables that have a higher water content. This will include food such as (but not limited to):
- Use lukewarm water for washing. I know, I know, it’s chilly, and warm baths and showers feel great in the winter! But, hear me out: Hot water strips the skin of essential oils that help keep it hydrated. So, choose lukewarm water, especially when washing your hands and face. It’s a simple way to make a difference.
- Moisturize immediately after washing and overnight. Keep the moisturizers easily available so you can apply them right away. By applying moisturizer to damp skin, you help seal in the dampness before it has a chance to dry out. And, using a night time moisturizer is a great way to hydrate your skin while you sleep. You can even apply it on your feet and hands, and then cover them with socks/gloves to keep your sheets clean the moisturizer right where you want it.
- Speaking of moisturizer, make sure you are choosing one that is appropriate for your skin. With so many options out there for different skin types, it’s good to know what will be most beneficial for you. So, check out my five best tips for choosing a moisturizer so you can make sure to get what you need.
- Consider changing your cleanser. Cleansers can be very drying to the skin, so if you’re still using the cleanser you bought over the summer, it may be time to make a switch. Try choosing one without glycolic or salicylic acid, and instead choose a cleaser with hydrating boosters.
- Protect your skin. Of course you’ll be wearing hats, gloves, and scarves, but don’t forget the sunscreen. Even though it’s cold outside, the sun is still shining, which means it can still damage your skin. Grab a moisturizer with SPF in it to cut down on the steps for your skin care routine and get protection at the same time.
- Exfoliate. It’s hard for your skin to absorb the moisturizers your applying if you haven’t exfoliated to remove the dead skin cells. However, this time of year it’s likely you’ll only need to exofilate once a week, so don’t over do it.
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