How to Take Care of Winter Skin
Winter, as we all know it, is a very tricky time for our skin to go through. It is undoubtedly way harsher than summers, and dry skin and chapped lips are extremely common with everyone. Even though the spectrum of problems is broad and different people have different kinds of them, the presence of the issues in itself is constant in most cases, and for some, dry skin is the first natural sign of winter sets in.
Winter skin needs a lot more care than other times due to the lack of moisture in the air, and it’s direct exposure to pollution and dust, and the like makes it a lot worse. Harsh cold winters are not just damaging and uncomfortable, but can even get painful to bear on the skin, and an unwise choice of products ignoring the skins type, and its needs can make it downright worse.
So here is a list of fundamental skincare tips for the winter skin that is mostly natural and completely basic, and typically apply to all skin types.
Drinking water is as necessary and as important as it can get. It’s pretty standard for people to forget about drinking water when it’s cold outside but that also, as a result, rids our skin of moisture and results in dry, pale and crusty winter skin. Having small but adequate amounts of water throughout the day is ideal, not just for winter skin but also our overall metabolism and keeps our skin as well as us, healthy and hydrated.
Protection from Elements
Exposing the skin directly to the harsh coldness of the winter is an immediate big no-no. Low humidity and cold winds put together is a terrible combination for winter skin. Besides keeping essentials like a lip balm and a moisturizer handy, it is also equally important to be wrapped up and not directly expose the skin to the outside weather.
It is only human to be tempted to take a long bath in warm water during the winters, but it would not feel as comfortable as the immediate feeling and as it’s own aftermaths on winter skin. Water that’s too warm will strip the skin of its essential oils and natural moisture and leave a dry, uncomfortable feeling, maybe even a burning sensation. It is hence very crucial to keep baths not-too-hot and not-too-long.
Unmistakably, the most essential part of taking care of winter skin is moisturizing it as much as possible, especially after a bath to lock in moisture. Oil-based moisturizing lotions are more widely recommended than water-based once, and it’s essential to water those parts of the body that get inevitable exposure to the cold weather.
Cleansing and Exfoliating
Nobody is fond of applying soap on their skin during winter. Besides, choosing the wrong type of soap can lead to itchy and damaged skin. However, it is also essential to exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells. One must choose a cleanser or exfoliator depending on their skin type and not use regular soap. Using lesser soap reduces a lot of winter skin problems and moisturizing the skin right after cleansing is very impareaortant.
More like a follow up to the advantages of covering skin during winter as a form of protection, it is also essential to choose the right material to wear. Many fabrics do not do good being in direct contact with the skin.
Lowering the Thermostat
We all want to turn up the heat indoors when it gets too cold outside. But as comfortable as it is, it is not exactly the best thing for our skin. Central heating can make indoor air even drier, and by now we are no strangers to what it’s effects can be on winter skin. Investing in a humidifier can be an excellent option if one wants to crank up the heat.
A relatively uncommon fact about sunscreens is that it’s just as important during winter as it is during summer. It is only sensible to equip ourselves against it. One should regularly apply sunscreen on all parts of the body that are prone to exposure.
A sunscreen that comes with a minimum of SPF 30 protection is a must, and it is also essential to not miss out on the easily forgettable parts of the body such as between the fingers, below the chin, and on the back of the neck.
So that would pretty much be it on the basics of taking care of winter skin problems. As always, different types of skin require other methods of care and diverse composition of products that need to be used for them.