The winter winds are about to start blowing, and with that will come dry, flaky skin if you are not careful. For some people the cold is even worse, causing cracking and even eczema. This is not only an unsightly skin condition, it is painful.
It isn’t just being outdoors in the cold that causes dry skin. Once you step inside the heat of your home, the skin will dry out even further. This is true no matter what method you are using to keep your house comfortable in the winter.
Following these tips will help prevent facial dryness and keep your skin looking healthy until the first flowers of spring start to bloom.
- Wash your face with care. Winter is not the time for harsh soaps and exfoliating products. Use a moisturizing soap applied with a konjac sponge to help keep your face clean without drying it out. This combination will still deep clean your pores but will also leave the natural oils behind that your face relies on to keep from drying out.
- Use more moisturizer. The moisturizer you use in the summer will not be as effective in the winter. For exceptionally dry skin an ointment moisturizer that is oil based will help to create a protective layer between your skin and the elements. If you pick moisturizers that use avocado or almond oil, you shouldn’t have to worry about it clogging your pores.
- Use make up products with SPF. Sun damage is not just for the summer, and when you add the element of glare from snow, it is exemplified. Don’t forget the ears and neck if they are also exposed.
- Don’t forget to protect your hands. The skin on the hands is thinner than on anywhere else on the body, which leads to dryness quickly. Keep them moisturized when inside and make sure that you are always wearing gloves when you head outdoors.
- Use a humidifier indoors. A humidifier will add moisture to the heated air in your home, cutting down on the effect it can have on your skin. You can place portable ones inside of your rooms, or talk with your home heating company about installing a whole house humidifier.
- Take colder showers. That may not sound very comfortable in the winter, but hot water is stripping your skin of its essential fluids. Turn the hot water down when showering to help your skin keep a healthy sheen in winter.
It is much easier to prevent dry skin in the winter than it will be to treat it. By following these tips you are setting up a healthy base for your skin to better face the changing elements that winter brings.