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.
First, 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.
Avoid harsh chemicals. In these days of hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps and moistened antibacterial wipes, some chemicals probably aren’t easily avoided. But when you use them, don’t forget to follow up with lotion.
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.
Your next tip: Be religious about using sunscreen. UV rays damage skin in the winter, even though there is less sunlight around. Use a daily lotion with SPF 30 or higher to keep skin protected.
As much as you might enjoy them in cold weather, taking a long, hot bath or shower can dry out your skin. Shorten the duration and moisturize after.
Lastly, visit a dermatologist, who will analyze your skin’s condition and troubleshoot any problem areas. Investing just a bit of extra time for skin care will have you ready for a smooth spring.