While you’re putting away your fall clothes and bringing out your winter jackets and boots, keep in mind that your skincare routine will need to change as well. To get rid of dull, dry winter skin, use these dermatologist-recommended tips. They’ll draw attention away from fine lines and wrinkles and toward your beautiful, glowing skin all season long.
Winter skin warning: chilly temps can cause havoc with your skin. Heidi Nicol, an esthetician at Renowned Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care, gave us some skincare advice. She explains how to keep your skin glowing during the winters.
Your skin can become strained as the temperature changes from warm to cold. Flaky skin, itchiness, and chapped lips, for example, can be a daily struggle.
7 Simple Winter Skincare Ideas
1. Give your shower a second thought.
A lengthy, hot shower is one of the few things that feel better on a cold day. Hot showers, on the other hand, can promote dry skin by stripping your skin of its natural protective oils. It’s best to avoid them altogether and instead take a lukewarm or warm shower. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends taking a five- to ten-minute hot shower every now and again. Nicol suggests using a light cleaner and not overdoing it.
It’s also important to moisturize after a shower or bath while your skin is still damp. Applying your preferred glutathione lightening body lotion to your skin will help it retain moisture.
2. Keep a safe distance from smoke and fire.
While sitting by a blazing fireplace might be relaxing, it can also be drying to your skin. Your skin is also harmed by smoking and exposure to smoke. Smoking inhibits the flow of healthy blood to the skin. This causes your skin to wrinkle more quickly, making you appear older. Furthermore, if you smoke, your skin heals significantly more slowly.
3. Think about getting a humidifier.
Increasing the temperature in the house dries out the air. Our skin is our greatest organ, and heat, in general, dries out our skin. Dry air destroys your skin’s natural moisture (lipid) barrier over time, causing flaking, peeling, and splitting.
Your skin may produce even more oil to compensate for the dryness. To put it another way, your skin can be both oily and dry at the same time. Even oily skin requires a daily moisturizer that is mild and non-pore clogging.
4. Apply SPF every day.
Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays harm your skin. UVB (burning) and UVA (aging) radiation are found in sunlight. Although UVB rays are weaker in the winter, UVA rays are constant throughout the year. Snow can also deflect about 90% of UV energy. When going outside, keep this in mind and wear appropriate skin and eye protection.
5. Look after your hands and feet.
When moisturizing, don’t forget your fingers and toes. These portions of the body are usually drier than the rest of the body. Gloves protect hands from the elements and keep moisture in. Applying moisturizer to your feet before putting on your socks will prevent your skin from flaking and breaking.
Regardless of the weather, use the advice above to keep your skin looking its best.
6. Use a sleeping mask before bed
Sleeping masks operate in a similar fashion to a regular moisturizer or hydrating serum, but they’re specifically designed to be kept on all night while you sleep (for about six to eight hours). During the night, as you get some good shut-eye in, your skin is busy at work repairing itself from the trials of the day. A sleeping mask can act as a helpful assistant to your skin by providing it with an extra boost of the ingredients it needs to more effectively fight dryness. Sleeping masks aren’t meant to be used every night but try them two to three times a week to spice up your nightly routine!
7. Exfoliate first thing in the morning.
Exfoliating moderately throughout the winter months can help slough off the build-up of dried skin cells off the surface of your skin, giving you a genuine fresh-faced shine. By clearing those pores of old debris, your skincare products will be able to penetrate the skin more effectively. Exfoliate sparingly in terms of frequency, intensity, and time, as over-exfoliation can further erode the skin barrier.
The Clog understands how aggravating it is to have irritable, dry, and sensitive skin in the winter. Your skin, on the other hand, has nothing to fear if you follow these 7 Simple Expert Tips.