Now that it’s getting cold, our skin dries out much quicker from the heat indoors. Help keep your skin moisturized during the winter months.
One of the first things to do is moisturize your skin more. In warmer months, we can typically get by with a lighter moisturizer that may be water based. During the winter months, switching to oil based (avocado oil, Shea butter, mineral oil) cleansers and moisturizers will create a protective layer that will allow you to retain more moisture.
Your hands and feet need extra protection too! The skin on your hands is thinner so it’s harder to keep them moist. Be sure to wear gloves when you are outside to keep your hands warm. Avoid wet gloves and socks always as they will irritate your skin and might cause a flare up of eczema. Always moisturize with a heavy crème to protect your hands and feet. For added moisturizing, apply crème then wear thin cotton gloves or socks for 30 minutes in the evening.
Use a humidifier in your home and office. A good humidifier adds moisture to the air that has been depleted from heaters (of any kind). Be sure to clean your humidifier regularly and replace filters as directed.
Drink water and stay hydrated. As always it’s recommended (year round) to drink lots of water daily.
Try to avoid using harsh peels, masks and alcohol based tones especially if your skin is very dry. Look for hydrating versus clay based masks and use them less often.
Soaking in a bath during the cold winter months feels great but avoid super hot temperatures as the intense heat will actually break down the lipid barriers in your skin (leading to a loss of moisture).
Don’t forget sunscreen on your face! Snow is very reflective and it’s important to protect exposed skin 365 days of the year. A good moisturizing sunscreen will also protect your skin from windburn from cold temperatures.
Lastly, remember that what you put on your skin as just as important (if not more important) as what you put in your body. Lotions, crèmes, cleansers, and toners are directly absorbed into your skin when applied. Be sure to use only natural ingredients and protect your overall health.