We know that its important to stay healthy during the winter months, but one area of the body that doesn’t always get talked about is your skin. The largest organ of your body is often forgotten and left unprotected during the winter. To keep your skin smooth and comfortable this cold season, follow these tips:
1. Take shorter showers. This might be a hard pill to swallow, especially since hot showers feel wonderful in the cold months, but long, warm showers sap the skin of its natural oils and moisture, leading to flaking and dryness. Shorter, lukewarm showers (or baths) reduce the chance of your skin drying out. After you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry and then apply a layer of moisturizer to your body.
2. Stay hydrated. Even though this is something that you should do all year-round, it is especially important in winter months. The temperatures might not be as high as other times of the year, but the air is still quite dry. Be sure to drink plenty of water all throughout the day; when you wake up, at each meal, and before you go to bed. This will help keep your skin hydrated.
3. Don’t’ skip sunscreen. Wait, what? Even though there is less visible sunlight in the winter, the harmful UV rays are still shining down. Some skin creams and moisturizers have sunscreen mixed in, but make sure it carries an SPF of 30 or higher. You should also wear hats, gloves, and protective clothing to help protect your skin as well.
4. Protect your lips. Chapped lips are a common irritant in the winter. To reduce the frequency of dry lips, keep Chapstick/lip balm handy throughout the day. Apply it to your lips after you brush your teeth, morning and night, allowing it to sink in. This will help keep your lips supple and hydrated.
5. Exfoliate frequently. Getting rid of dead skin and cellular debris will not only help your skin feel better, it will also help your moisturizers absorb quicker and more effectively. Rather than using a rough scrub, look for gentle products as your skin is already a bit sensitive during the cold, dry season. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week will make all the difference in the world.
6. Moisturize every day. Light moisturizer may work in the summer, but you need to have something a little bit hardier in the winter. It is important to consistently moisturize and re-hydrate your skin with proper products in the coming months. Use a rich moisturizer that includes healing and hydrating properties like shea butter, lipid rich oils, botanical extracts, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid.