Unless you live in a warm climate year-round, it’s frigid outside. The weather may be frightful, but your skin doesn’t have to be. As the temperature and humidity fall, skin becomes dry, cracked and itchy. It needs extra TLC to stay supple and soft. Banish the winter woes and keep your skin smooth by incorporating a few tips into your skin care routine.
Tip one: Moisturize often. Frigid outdoor temperatures and artificial indoor heaters zap the skin of its natural moisture, so it’s a good idea to invest in a heartier moisturizer during the winter months. Look for a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic lotion or cream. To maximize its benefits, apply moisturizer immediately after you shower — the humidity in the bathroom keeps the skin’s pores open so it absorbs better.
Tip two: Step away from the sanitizer. Harsh chemicals in hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps dry out the skin, so use alcohol-free wipes and cleansers to rid bacteria and avoid parched hands. When you do wash your hands, follow up with a lotion.
Tip three: Plug in a humidifier. Centralized heaters blast dry air through homes and offices, which dries out skin. A humidifier allows you to adjust the water level in your environment and keep moisture in your skin.
Tip four: Stick with the sunscreen. UV rays damage skin in the winter, even though there is less sunlight around. Use a lotion with SPF 30 or higher daily to keep skin protected.
Lastly, visit a dermatologist, who will analyze your skin’s condition and troubleshoot any problem areas.
By incorporating these tips and investing time into skin care, you’ll keep your skin smooth until spring.