Tips for Winter Skin Care

Winter Skin tips

Winter has certainly let us knows she is here ~ I just hope for not too long, but that might be wishful thinking….

Blustery, frigid temperatures outside and the heat cranked up inside, can cause your skin to become uncomfortably dry, itchy and irritated. Here are 5 simple tips to help keep your largest organ healthy and hydrated throughout the long cold months.

1) Keep the air moist

Use a humidifier to maximize the moisture in the air. Central heating systems blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices to keep us cozy and warm, but it adds to the dryness of the air. A humidifier will add much needed moisture to the atmosphere and help prevent skin from drying out.

2) Limit Shower Time and Temperature

It is so tempting to take a long hot shower (or for me a long hot bath!) but our skin is much better off with a cooler shorter shower. Cooler water is just as effective as hot for getting clean, removing germs and is less irritating to the skin. Hot water tends to dehydrate the skin more readily. If you must indulge, then be sure to liberally apply a moisturizing body lotion after toweling off.

3) Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

Keeping your skin moisturized is crucial throughout the winter. An oil based product or a thicker richer beeswax cream type product works better by creating a protective barrier that seals in moisture and help prevent TEWL (trans epidermal water loss). Don’t forget to moisturize and protect your lips as well!

4) Help for your Hands

It’s hard to keep our hands moisturized in cold dry weather as they have fewer oil glands and this can lead to painfully cracked, dry hands. Wearing gloves that keep your hands both warm and dry will prevent chapping and moisture loss. Using a heavier hand moisturizer or an oil based beeswax product for your hands during the colder dry months of winter is a must.

5) Apply Sunscreen

Winter sun, combined with snow glare, can still cause damage to your skin and you should protect it by applying a good sunscreen to exposed areas before going outside. Even on cold grey winter days it is important to use a good sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

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