Winter can really do a number on your skin, am I right? I deal with tightness, dryness and itchiness when the weather gets cold. The skin woes you have might differ based on what part of the world you live in. It turns out that winter proofing your skin varies by region so if you’re anything like me, you may be getting it all wrong. Here’s a foolproof way to get the skin you want, no matter what the thermometer says.
1. Try a Hydrating Mist for Cold Temps and Dry Air
Many parts of the world endure harsh temperatures and dry indoor air when winter comes. A hydrating mist can combat the skin issues that these conditions cause. You use it in combination with your lotion. Simply mist it on your skin just before applying your lotion for an extra boost of hydration when the weather is frigid and the furnace is sucking all the moisture from your skin.
2. Switch to a Gentle Cleanser
If you live in a place where the temps are low and the wind is on the move, you may be suffering from dry and chapped skin. Because it’s already irritated, some cleaners can make it worse. If you notice these issues, choose a gentler cleanser for your face and your body and you should notice some relief within a few days.
3. Try a Skin Oil at Night if You Live in a Humid Place
Areas like the southern United States experience humid conditions during the winter. That’s great for preventing really dry skin, but it still poses its issues. Experts suggest using a face oil instead of your usual night cream. You’ll get the hydration benefits, but the oils won’t clog your pores like facial creams can. Pure avocado oil is a great choice.
4. Apply Antioxidant Products if You Live at High Elevations
Being up that high puts you closer to the sun’s rays, so you should be protecting your skin, even in the winter. That’s because the sun’s rays can be especially harsh when they are reflecting off snow and ice. Spread an antioxidant serum on your face every morning to help combat the damage from the sun and help anti-age your skin at the same time.
5. Make Sure You Pay Attention to Your Lips
Your lips are skin too, and very delicate skin at that. When the temps dip and the wind blows harsh, your lips can become very dry and cracked. Make sure you give them some tender loving care this winter by wearing a good quality lip balm with sunscreen in it. This will keep your kisser hydrated and healthy even when it’s cold and blustery outside your door.
6. Eat Healthy if You Live in Dry Winter Climates
OK, you should eat healthy no matter where you live, but experts say that a smoothie can help hydrate dry skin in winter climates that experience lots of dryness, such as the southwest United States. The fruits and veggies load your skin with moisture and antioxidants so that it looks and feels great. Green tea works just as well as a smoothie.
7. Exfoliate Your Skin to Combat Dry Skin
Whether you have dry skin because the air is dry, it’s really windy or it’s just plain frigid outside, exfoliation can help. You might skip this step so it doesn’t dry your skin out any worse. However, experts say that exfoliating removes dead skin, helping your healthier skin shine through. Aim to exfoliate at least a couple of times each week.
What are your wintertime skin complaints? How do you take care of them?