Skin can become dull, itchy and dry in the winter, which makes you feel less than beautiful. Fortunately, there are a few different things you can do for your skin to keep it nourished during the dry winter months. Of course, this is easier said than done because wintertime brings along harsh winds and dry air, thus causing all sorts of beauty blunders like brittle hair and flakey skin.
Plus you’ll be exposed to a variety of artificial heaters in stores, your car, public transportation and your house, which causes staticy and fly-away hair.
But all hope is not lost because we’ve got some beauty tips that will keep your skin glowing during even the year’s coldest months.
What to Do
Give your skin a jumpstart of hydration by drinking enough water throughout the day. Furthermore, your skin will look clearer if you drink more water and less sodas, teas and coffees.
Keep a bottle of water with you at all times so that you always have it close by and will be less likely to stray from the water to other beverages.
Since the heat in your house can be harsh at times, you might benefit from keeping a humidifier on while you’re home. The humidifier will help keep your skin from cracking or chapping in the otherwise dry air.
Cracked skin on your feet or hands is tough to heal, so it’s best to stop this problem before it happens. Keep some thick lotions, foot creams, or hand creams around so you can slather them on before bed. When doing so, make sure to cover all of the areas that tend to dry out the most like feet, knees, elbows, wrists and hands.
Even though your skin may not feel like it needs to be exfoliated, it’s still a necessary step to your skin care regimen. It is important to exfoliate in the winter because dead skin cells still accumulate on your body. Depending on your skin type, you may be better off only exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week, instead of every day.
Also, don’t skip your moisturizer! Since the changes in temperature and humidity cause your skin’s condition to change, you may find that switching moisturizers helps keep your skin in tip-top shape. You should use a thicker and more nourishing moisturizer in the winter due to the dry air. It may even be helpful to go as far as adding a night cream to your routine if you aren’t using one already and know how to moisturize your skin.
To ensure that you have healthy and glowing skin in the future, use sunscreen lotion during the days when you’re outside. Even in the winter the sun can damage your skin so use a moisturizing lotion that contains an SPF.
Gloves will help to keep the skin on your hands healthy because they shield your hands from harsh weather. If the skin on your hands tends to become dry and cracked, apply a thick hand cream before slipping your hands into the gloves for a boost of hydration as you step into the great outdoors.