Love the winter mornings when you wake up with a glow on your face? But what happens when the temperature continues to drop, bringing with it diet and lifestyle changes? The toll it takes on your skin is evident with dry, flaky skin particularly on the face and limbs. Try incorporating these tips into your winter skin care regimen to keep that glow:
Say no to steaming hot showers
Can’t wait to get out of the cold and jump into a hot shower? As it good as it may feel, the effect on your skin is quite the opposite as you are effectively stripping away much-needed oils on the skin. Try to use lukewarm to warm water instead to retain the moisture in your skin. For infants and toddlers, try to keep bath time shorter if you use hot water.
Moisturize right after a bath
The best time to moisturize your skin is right after a bath or after washing up. Applying a good oil-based moisturizer to damp skin seals the moisture in the skin. Place bottles of moisturizers handy in the bathroom, near every sink, and around the house to use after each wash.
Choose the right moisturizer
This is a particularly important aspect of winter skin care for infants and children. Choose moisturizers with natural, nourishing ingredients like oatmeal. Adults can opt for oil-based creams and lotions rather than water-based products used during the summer and rest of the year.
Layer up with sunscreen too
Sunscreen is not just a summer essential, the winter sun can cause just as much damage. So don’t forget to add a layer of sunscreen after your moisturize. If you intend to spend your entire day out, it’s best to re-apply a fresh layer every few hours.
Invest in a humidifier
If you have heaters around the house or a centralized heating system, be aware of how they dry out the air. Installing a humidifier in essential corners of your home like your child’s bedroom or the living room can help put moisture back into the air, preventing skin from drying out.
Don’t forget to exfoliate
Exfoliation sloughs off dead cells in your skin that barricade the benefits of a skin care regimen. Moisturizers, creams and lotions cannot effectively penetrate a surface full of dead cells. Try using an exfoliating mask on your face and hands, followed immediately by a moisturizer to see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes, loofahs, and pumice stone for the feet are also great to use for exfoliation.
It’s not just external care that your body needs during the winter. Give your skin a boost from the inside with your diet and lifestyle. Include food rich in antioxidants and Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 in your diet. Nuts and fruits can nourish you with these essential nutrients, while exercise can increase blood circulation in the skin, making your skin supple and soft.