Protecting Your Skin this Winter
In the summertime, a lot of us worry about our skin. We wear high factor SPF when we’re in the sun and do what we can to minimize the risks of sunburn. You might also do what you can to keep it hydrated so that it doesn’t dry out and flake in dry, warm conditions. You might take extra precautions if you are visiting a particularly hot area during the season. But, what about your winter skincare?
Even though the risks of sunburn are significantly lower, winter can be a lot worse for your skin. Many of us find that our skin is especially dry for at least some of the season. It’s red and sore, it flakes and peels around our nose, we’ve got enormous black bags around our eyes, our lips are painfully dry, and we struggle with regular spotty outbreaks and oily patches. Winter can be exceptionally harsh on your skin, so here are some ways that you can protect it.
Moisturize to Avoid Dryness
There are many, many causes of dry skin. Ideally, we’d like to eliminate the cause so that it’s not something that we’d ever have to deal with. But this isn’t always possible, so we do the next best thing. Moisturize morning and night, and add a more intensive moisturizer such as a shea butter enriched formula to tackle any problem areas, such as around your nose when you have been suffering from a cold.
Wrap-Up from Harsh Winds
Harsh winds and cold temperatures are a leading cause of both dry and sore skin. Our noses are red because a constant icy wind has attacked them. Wrap up as much as you can, cover your face with a scarf when the weather is terrible, and try to keep warm.
Cleanse to Give Your Skin a Break
In winter, we might wear more makeup than we do in warmer weather. You might add an extra layer to cover red spots, there’s plenty of parties coming up, and you might feel especially pale. This is fine. But, make sure you cleanse well before bed to give your skin a chance to rest.
UV Protection Even in Winter
Even if you religiously wear sunscreen in summer, chances are you don’t even think about it in the wintertime. But, if the sun is out, there are harsh UV rays, no matter the temperature. Consider a home window tint to protect yourself at home and apply sunscreen on sunny days.
Lower Your Thermostat to Avoid Dry Air
If you are cold, you should put your heating on at home. But, having your thermostat very high can mean that the air in your house is very dry. Turn the temperature down, and keep it on for longer to boost humidity.
Rehydrate with Lots of Water
Water is one of the best things that we can give our bodies at any time of the year. Water will help to keep your skin soft and youthful, giving it a boost when it needs it.
Think About How Your Diet Might be Affecting Your Skin
Perhaps the main reason that we get oily skin and spotty breakouts in the winter is our diet. If you are eating greasy foods, binging on comforting snacks, and indulging in seasonal treats, your skin tone will suffer.