The winter months are here, and with that comes the havoc that cold weather wreaks on your skin. When the temperature drops, your skin becomes dry, flaky and irritated. At worst, your skin can crack, which ends up being painful. How do you keep your skin soft and supple in extremely cold weather? We’ve got these skin care tips just for you!
One of the main factors that dry out your skin during the winter months is the air becoming drier around you as the temperatures drop. Keeping the air moist around you helps keep the water in your skin from evaporating too quickly, leaving your skin dry and flaky. Invest in a good humidifier and place it in the room where you spend the most time—this will keep your skin moist and hydrated even when you crank up that heater.
Before you even think about skin care products for winter, you should tweak your diet first! One of the best ways to ensure that you keep your skin healthy through the winter is to nourish it from within. Eating food rich in fats such as avocados, walnuts and olive oil will help your skin retain its moisture. You should also avoid consuming anything that can dehydrate your skin, such as alcohol, coffee, and caffeine. Finally, and this should be a given, make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!
Yes, it’s cold and yes, taking hot showers and soaking in hot baths will take the chill away from your muscles and bones. Another thing it takes away, though, is your skin’s protective layer! As a general rule, when you stay in the shower too long, your skin’s natural oils are stripped, making your skin dry and prone to irritation. This is worse in the cold months, because taking hot showers for too long can cause cracks on your skin, which can be painful if you don’t moisturize it right away.
Of course, we can’t tell you not to take a hot bath during this time; however, you should keep your showers short, around 10-15 minutes max. Keep your door closed to keep the steam in, and moisturize as soon as you dry off your skin with a soft towel.
You’ll need to prep your skin to absorb serums, moisturizers and other treatments in your skin care regime more effectively, so don’t skip on exfoliation entirely. Instead, use a gentle exfoliant like the SMACNE Exfoliating Aloe Cleanser, which has glycolic acid to help remove dead skin cells and prep your skin for further treatments.
If your skin is very dry during the summer, you should skip exfoliants altogether and switch over to a wet face towel. This will help remove the dead skin cells and other contaminants on your skin without damaging your skin’s protective layer. Make sure to scrub gently!
Moisturizers with lighter formulations are perfect for warmer days because they won’t clog your pores, they’re easily absorbed and they aren’t too hot on your skin. But they won’t keep your skin moisturized during the winter. It’s okay for you to switch to thicker, heavier formulations such as cream moisturizers, and make sure to apply multiple times a day to help trap the hydration effectively and keep your skin moisturized.
The ingredients are also important to note when selecting creamier moisturizers. Thicker ones such as vaseline should be used on your body, not on your face. When selecting a face cream, look for ones with ceramides—these will keep your face soft and supple without clogging your pores.
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