You probably have a stock skincare routine, but are you making adjustments
in the winter to keep your skin soft and glowing?
Follow these tips to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy throughout
the coldest months of the year!
1. Make Sure to Use a Humidifier
You should be using a humidifier even if you’re not worried about your skin
— it has tons of benefits besides skincare! A study published through PLOS
ONE showed that increasing indoor humidity could render up to 85% of
airborne viruses ineffective. Extra moisture in the air can also help
But most importantly, running a humidifier will keep your skin beautifully
moisturized. Central heating systems make indoor environments very dry, and
adding a humidifier into the mix will reintroduce moisture into the air.
This step is essential to keep your skin from drying out, which then leads
to overproduction of oils, and that means breakouts! Keep this chain
reaction from ever starting by keeping your humidifier running this winter.
2. Use Gentle Products
In the summer, you may use a lovely, fragrance-heavy body wash in the shower
— but don’t make that mistake in the winter. Using simple products with no
added fragrances is key to keeping your skin healthy. You don’t want any
products removing that ever-important moisture from your skin. Cleansers
should be as gentle as possible and alcohol-free. Using products like a
Natural Day Moisturizer for your morning routine, along with a heavier
moisturizer at nighttime, will keep your skin absolutely radiant.
Another tip as far as moisturizing goes — try using a cream instead of a
lotion. Creams are more substantial and will protect your skin better than a
light lotion. Creams are usually better for the body rather than the face,
though, as heavy products on the face can clog pores and cause acne. If you
need a face cream, look for one that is noncomedogenic to avoid this issue.
If you are having breakouts, you should go even simpler. Use just water to
cleanse the problem areas. More products are not always the answer! Using
water will prevent any products from drying out the skin further and causing
it to produce more oils.
It would be best if you also were moisturizing more than you do for the rest
of the year. Twice a day, one in the morning and once at night at a minimum.
If you find your skin still getting dry and flaky, you might bump up the
skincare sessions to three per day.
3. Fewer Hot Baths and Showers!
It is so tempting to take a hot shower or bath when it’s cold outside, but if you want to keep your skin looking great, you should resist the urge! Hot water will quickly dry out your skin, and the transition from the shower to the colder air will only intensify the effects.
Dermatologists like Dr. Melda Isaac recommend taking lukewarm showers and baths to keep your skin’s natural moisture. However, if you are a real fiend for a hot shower, you should make sure to moisturize immediately afterward. Taking hot baths and showers and not moisturizing will eventually create cracks in the skin, which are itchy and uncomfortable when exposed to the air.
The key to all of these tips is keeping your skin perfectly hydrated despite the wintry conditions outside! By following these suggestions, you can make sure that you prevent developing dry skin. Everyone has different needs, so pay attention to what your skin is telling you — and never hesitate to consult a professional if you need some extra guidance.