Do you have dry, itchy, and irritated skin in the winter? Winter can wreak havoc on your skin and make it feel like there’s no escape! The cold, dry, and blustery conditions outside can leave your skin feeling cracked, broken, and raw, while warmer indoor heat will suck moisture from both the air and from your skin.
There are several ways to combat the effects of dry winter weather on your skin. Here are 5 winter skin care tips to keep in mind so that you can feel your best all winter long.
You can maintain healthy skin by often and regularly moisturizing, which includes after washing hands, face, and especially after a hot shower. Hand-washing in the winter is vital, especially during cold and flu season. But constant washing will cause your hands to dry out and crack. By simply applying a thick or heavy hand cream after washing can help every time. Another thing you can do to protect dry hands is to wear waterproof gloves if washing dishes or while using harsh abrasives while cleaning the house.
Did you know you can get a sunburn in the middle of the winter? Especially on bright winter days, snow will reflect the sun’s rays, increasing your risk of exposure. This means if you’re playing in the snow or just outside for several minutes, it’s equally as important to apply sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as much as it is in the summer. What if it’s cloudy and overcast? It doesn’t matter; the sun’s UV rays are harmful and can permeate clouds to cause damage still. Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.
The first thing you want to do when it’s cold outside is to turn up the heat, but did you know that central heat can make the air in your house even drier? To maintain healthy skin and avoid dryness, try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting — between 68°F to 72°F for best results.
Help fight dry skin from the outside-in! Foods and supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil can sometimes help dry skin as well. But this shouldn’t replace your external hydration routine.
You can add moisture to your home or office by using a humidifier in your home. Humidifiers add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. It’s best advised to run your humidifier in rooms that you spend the most time in, including your bedroom, living areas, and kitchen.