Winter Skincare Tips
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell
Yes, winter is definitely the time for all of those things. After all, who doesn’t love a warm blanket and a hearty meal?
But winter is also the time for changing up your skincare routine.
You may not have changed it up when fall began, but winter is here, and it’s time to do just that. Winter brings your skin some unique challenges, so here are some tips to help.
- Use Your Humidifier: Do you notice more static electricity in the winter? That’s because the air is dry – and that dry air is not helping your skin. That means it’s time for you to help the air – by using a humidifier.
- Humidifiers emit water vapor or steam into the air to help increase the moisture levels. This, in turn, will help to keep your skin hydrated. (If you need to purchase a humidifier, Good Housekeeping has eight that they recommend.)
- Turn the Heat Down: Yes, it’s cold. And yes, it’s tempting to turn up the heat. But all of that heat is drying out the air – and your skin. Try turning your thermostat down a few degrees. It can not only help your skin but your heating bill, too.
- Don’t Take Extremely Hot Showers: This is another temptation that strikes on cold days, but try and avoid taking extremely hot showers when possible. Hot showers and dry air will dry your skin even more. Additionally, if you have any skin conditions, such as eczema, hot showers may make it worse.
- Go With Unscented Products: Seek out unscented products during the winter months. Scented products tend to be more drying to your skin. Check out these products for sensitive skin if you are looking for recommendations.
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: It gets said often, but winter is definitely the time to increase your use of a moisturizer. Find some moisturizers you like for your face, body, hands, and feet, and use them often and liberally.
- Wear Your Sunscreen: All summer long, you were probably very good about using sunscreen. After all, it’s much easier to remember when the sun is shining. But as the days get shorter and you begin to see less sun, you may forget about it. But don’t! Sunscreen is a product you should be using year-round to protect your skin.
- Keep Lip Balm Handy: Do you have a tendency to lick your lips during the winter months? It’s natural. Unfortunately, while it may seem like it’s adding moisture to your lips – all it’s really doing is drying them out. In turn, they become even more chapped. Keep a lip balm with you at all times, and when you feel like you want to lick your lips, apply your lip balm instead.
- Stay Hydrated: This is another thing that may seem easier in the summer, but staying hydrated is important all year long. Because your skin is mostly water (64%), it’s essential that you help maintain that hydration. Keep a water bottle with you, and set some goals throughout your day for water consumption.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Diet also plays a big role in your skincare. Eat a well-balanced diet to help your skin stay healthy.
- See a Dermatologist If Needed: Of course, if your skin is experiencing problems that you’re not quite sure how to fix, then make an appointment with your dermatologist. Dermatologists are the experts on all things related to skincare – and may be able to make some simple suggestions to help you.
This winter, give your skin the love and attention it needs to stay healthy. Try these tips to keep it hydrated and looking its best!