Winter skincare, taking care of your skin in winter can be tough. The frigid temperatures can leave your skin dry, red, and itchy, while the indoor heat wipes out moisture from the air around you and your skin.
Even the most wonderful things you may enjoy during winter, such as hot showers or sitting by the fire, can zap your skin’s natural oils.
Fortunately, there are several ways you can take care of your skin in winter and keep it soft and nourished all winter long.
Here are a few simple winter skincare tips that you can try out this season and enjoy nourished and moisturized, and glowing winter skin.
Winter Skincare Tips – Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter
One of the best ways to take care of your skin during winter is moisturizing it regularly. It's best to use a moisturizer every time you wash your hands and face. Moreover, you should also use a moisturizer after every shower.
Use Moisturizer on Damp Skin
You may know that you need to moisturize your skin more often during the winter season. But a critical part of taking care of your skin in winter is knowing the right time and way to moisturize your skin.
Ideally, you should apply a moisturizer every time you wash your face or hands. Moreover, moisturizer application post-shower is a must.
The key to retaining moisture content in the skin is to apply moisturizer on damp skin. Pat dry your skin after a shower and apply a thick layer of moisturizer. Applying moisturizer on damp skin will help seal the moisture into the skin so you can have nourished and hydrated skin all day.
Adjust Your Skincare Products Accordingly
Winters call for the use of specialized skincare products. Adjust your skincare products according to your skin's needs as the weather gets cold and dry. If you have dry, eczema-prone skin, opt for oil-based moisturizers, which can thoroughly nourish your skin.
Moreover, it's best to go for moisturizers that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides. These ingredients help lock moisture in your skin so you can have soft and supple glowing skin throughout the winter season.
Apart from moisturizers, you should also adjust your cleanser as the weather gets cold. Avoid using harsh cleansers during winter. Instead, switch to more gentle, preferably hydrating and fragrance-free cleansers that can gently cleanse your skin while hydrating it.
When adjusting your skincare products in winter, avoid products with harsh ingredients, texture, and strong scents. Shower gels, scrubs, and bath mitts can irritate the skin and may lead to an eczema flare-up, especially if you already have dry or eczema-prone skin.
Regularly Exfoliate Your Skin
Winter months can leave your skin dry and flaky. While it results from reduced moisture content in the air, it's also related to reduced blood circulation during winter.
One of the ways you can try out to keep your skin soft and supple during the winter season is regular exfoliation. By exfoliating, you can get rid of the top layer of dead skin. Moreover, by applying a moisturizer immediately after exfoliation will improve moisture absorption and retention in the skin.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
When taking care of your skin in winter, many people disregard the significance of sunscreen. While the sunshine may not bother you much during winter, your skin still needs protection against the harmful sun rays.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can protect your skin against sun's UVA and UVB rays, ideally before any outdoor adventure.
Invest in a Humidifier
As the air gets cooler, it tends to get drier. To manage the indoor air dryness, we recommend investing in a humidifier.
A humidifier in your office or home helps restore moisture content in the indoor air. The increased moisture in indoor air plays a vital role in keeping your skin hydrated. When using a humidifier indoors, it's best to keep the indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50% so your skin can retain its natural moisture.
Set Comfortable Thermostat Temperatures
As you adjust the humidity level in your humidifier, don’t forget to adjust the thermostat temperature. You should avoid setting the temperature too high as it can also reduce the moisture content in indoor air. Instead, you should choose a comfortable temperature (preferably between 68 and 75 Fo ) so you can enjoy a relaxed indoor environment without stressing out your skin.
Use Warm Water in the Shower
Who doesn't want a long, hot shower on a frosty winter morning? But did you know that it can damage your skin?
Hot showers can dry out your skin. When in contact with hot water, skin tends to lose its natural moisture more quickly.
So, the next time you head out to shower during winter, use lukewarm water. Moreover, you should also limit your showers to not more than 15 minutes to ensure that the skin retains its natural oils.
Skincare products work effectively to improve your skin's condition from the outside, but there's more that you need to do.
Maintaining hydration is key to soft and supple skin during the dry season. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Moreover, it's best to limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages as it can promote skin dryness.
A Final Word on Winter Skincare
Taking care of your skin in the winter might feel overwhelming, but not when you are prepared. As the weather gets colder, invest in the right products and use them for soft, supple, and glowing skin.
If you still experience winter-related skin concerns such as dryness, irritation, or redness, schedule an appointment with the skin experts at Suncoast Skin Solutions. Our professional dermatology practitioners can guide you on whether you need a cosmetic or a medical treatment to improve your skin's condition.
Call us today at 844-786-3376 or schedule your online appointment to enjoy the winter season while maintaining healthy and glowing skin.
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