In many parts of the country, the cold weather is in full swing, which makes tips for sensitive skin all that more important since many people’s condition flairs with the change in seasons. I can commiserate because I have very sensitive skin. With time, I’ve found the products and cosmetics that I can safely wear. However, when the temperature dips and air dries out, my skin often suffers. Are you in the same boat? Well, then go ahead and read on for some valuable winter tips for sensitive skin.
1. Moisturize More
One of the best tips for sensitive skin in the winter is to moisturize more often. While your skin can only absorb so much at one time, you can effectively fight the problem by adding an application of lotion once or twice per day. Always moisturize morning and night too. Some dermatologists recommend switching to an ointment based lotion and saving the water based ones for summertime.
2. Try Salicylic Acid
The experts at Health magazine suggest using a lotion or cream that contains salicylic acid. This ingredient helps slough away dead skin cells while also moisturizing your skin. That translates to smooth, hydrated skin, no matter what time of year it is. Look for it in the ingredients list of the creams you typically use. If it’s not there, consider switching to a different one until the weather gets warm again.
3. Go Easy on Fragrance
If you have sensitive skin, it might make sense to skip wearing perfume in the winter. I know, I know, that can be hard if you rely on your signature scent. At the same time, avoiding other products that contain fragrance can also help. If you can’t survive without your scent, try spritzing it in your hair or on your clothes rather than directly on your skin.
4. Use Moisturizing Soap
You have to suds up every day, but soap can really do a number on sensitive winter skin. When the mercury dips, think about switching to a richer, more moisturizing type of soap. That way, you can get clean without wrecking your skin. Look for products that say they are moisturizing and stay away from anything with alcohol or other harsh ingredients.
5. Avoid Damp Clothing
When you go out in the snow, your clothes may wind up slightly damp. If you suffer through it, you aren’t doing your skin any favors. Damp clothes, including your workout gear, sweaters, jeans, gloves, socks and hats can irritate sensitive skin and lead to cracks, blisters or other uncomfortable symptoms. Wear waterproof gear if you have to be outside and if you do get wet, change your clothes as soon as possible.
6. Use a Humidifier
Doctors all over the world recommend using a humidifier in the wintertime. That’s because it adds moisture to dry winter air and can help keep your sensitive skin from drying out and getting worse. Experts recommend placing a humidifier in several rooms of your house to keep everything moist and healthy.
7. See a Dermatologist
Sometimes sensitive skin gets out of hand and the best thing to do is to see an expert. A dermatologist can have a look at things and help you come up with a treatment plan that works for you. That might include lifestyle changes and creams or lotions to combat the problem.
Do you suffer from sensitive skin? Does it get worse during the winter? I hope this list helps you take care of things so you can be comfortable and happy all winter long. Do you have any other tips to add?