Dry skin is very common especially during the winter season. But with just a few tweaks on your skin care routine, you can keep wearing a smooth, soft, and well-hydrated skin all winter long. With the winter season already in full swing, it’s not too late to make a few changes in your winter skin care regimen. Here are a few tips.
Winter Skin Care Tips
1. Be a Helping Hand to Your Hands
The skin on your hands is not just thinner than the skin on most parts of your body. It also has a fewer oil glands. This just means that keeping your hands moisturized in the cold and dry weather of the winter season will be quite harder and dry hands can cause itching and cracking. So for the rest of the cold cold days of winter make sure that you wear a pair of gloves whenever going outside. If you need a pair of gloves made from wool to keep your hands warm, it is best to slip on a thin cotton glove first. This is to avoid getting any irritation from wool.
2. Wet Gloves and Wet Socks are a No-No
Never ever wear wet socks and gloves. They can cause irritation which can lead to itching, cracking skin, sores, and if you have eczema, it can cause a flare-up.
3. Use a Humidifier
Central heating systems and space heaters in your home or office can dry up the skin since they blast hot and dry air. To bring in more moisture in the air and prevent your skin from drying out, hook up a humidifier in your rooms. Placing several small humidifiers throughout your home will help disperse moisture in the air more evenly.
4. Keep Your Body Hydrated
Water is important in sustaining life. But you have probably heard that keeping your body hydrated will help keep your skin moisturized and young looking. The truth is water is good for your overall health, and if your skin is severely dehydrated you will reap benefits from drinking enough water.
5. Moisturize Your Feet
Your feet can get even drier from lack of moisture during the colder days of winter. But you should remember that during this season, your feet will need the most potent moisturizers available. Those foot lotions may have worked fine during the warmer months but you’ll need something stronger this time. Argan oil is an excellent choice in moisturizers since the oil contains nutrients with powerful moisturizing properties such as vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and sterols. Argan oil is in fact an excellent moisturizer not just for the feet but your entire skin. Aside from having potent moisturizing properties, Argan oil contains numerous antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Carotenoids, and Ferulic acid. Antioxidants are known to help keep the skin protected from free-radical damage and therefore help fight signs of skin aging.
6. Exfoliate Periodically
Exfoliating is essential to get rid of dry and dead skin cells that have accumulated on the skin’s surface. Plus periodic exfoliation allows moisturizers to seep through the skin faster and deeper.
7. No to Hot Baths
Water itself strips the skin of its natural oils but hot water does even more than just strip away the skin’s natural oils. It breaks down your skin’s lipid barriers which can result to even more moisture loss. So stick with just lukewarm water for your baths or shower and keep it short.
Follow these winter skin care tips to avoid having to wear dry skin!