Practicing Winter Skin Care

Practicing Winter Skin Care

When winter rolls around, you skin becomes more vulnerable to dryness and cracking. To prevent the horrors of skin problems and to rejuvenate your skin for spring, it is important to adopt some skin care habits.  These will help keep your skin moisturized, hydrated and ready to glow for the next season.

Staying in a hot shower for a long time is not the best idea for your skin.  For best skin, take short showers in the cold-weather, as hard as that sounds. While you don’t have to take a cold shower, it is important to keep the temperature low and not hang out in your shower. Take a 5-7 minute shower using lukewarm water.

Moisturize your body right after your shower for soft and smooth skin.  It is recommended to use creams rather than moisturizers for best results.

To get rid of dead skin, exfoliate your skin to keep it replenished and fresh.  Use products that allow for a gentle scrub and don’t be harsh on your skin.  Products with some micro-beads or with a retinol-base are good ideas. Exfoliation will keep your skin young and will decrease lines and wrinkles, make pores smaller, and maintain healthy skin tissue.

Use a toner during winter months to balance your skin and to maintain moisture. Skin toner is also very soothing, especially in the mornings.

Although winter months look gloomy, the sun is still active and this means you need to use sunscreen.  In snowy areas, sunlight gets reflected and the UV rays during the winter can be just as dangerous as in summer.  Using sunscreen daily is a highly recommended habit to pick up.

Your lips are another area that needs attention during winter as they can get chapped. To protect your lips from the wind and cold, use chap-stick to keep your lips moisturized.

Hands are sensitive when it comes to winter and moisturizing them may not be enough.  Wear gloves when outdoors to keep them warm and to retain their moisture.  This will also help prevent eczema or control it.  Wearing gloves is not just for winter skin care practice but is also beneficial for your nails and prevent cracked cuticles.

Adding a humidifier in your home or office will bring moisture in the air when the heaters blow dry air that takes away moisture from the skin.  Care for your skin by using a humidifier for added moisture!

Healthy skin care practice includes eating  nutritious food and drinking plenty of water to hydrate your skin.  Include vitamin C in your diet and drink an antioxidant such as tea for a  more tasty way to keep your skin hydrated.

Pay attention to your skin during cold-weather to fight the winter skin blues. Skin treatments and facials can be expensive. Instead, look for simple strategies like these to add in a daily routine to keep your skin healthy.

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