Fall has just begun, but winter-like weather is already setting in, in most parts of the country. From snow to very cold temperatures to dry air; things just aren’t looking too good. It is important to have some winter skin care items to keep your skin healthy during these cold months.
According to Dr Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City, changes in weather tend to cause a great deal of stress not just on the skin but on the entire body, as well. It is during the winter season that quite a number of people suffer from all kinds of skin conditions. And it’s not just the cold outdoor air that you have to worry about, there is more. For example, the air inside your home can also cause skin parching because it does not contain natural moisture. All this is worsened by the bad eating and drinking habits that are all too common during the holiday season.
The good news is that we don’t have to sit back and let nature take its course. According to Dr. Day and Dr. Deborah Sarnoff there are quite a number of things that you can do to winter skin care.
Use Cream Instead of Lotion
Creams are great for winter skin care because they create a stronger oily barrier than lotions hence reducing the rate at which the skin loses water. They, therefore, provide more protection from extreme weather. For maximum comfort, go for creams that contain more oil and less water. You can actually apply these at night before going to bed. A natural night cream will be excellent to keep your face properly moisturized an keep it looking rejuvenated and younger looking.
Avoid Long Showers
During winter, you might be tempted to spend a whole hour under a hot shower or in a hot tub, for obvious reasons. However, this is not such a good idea because the hot water will open up your skin pores hence accelerating moisture loss. Therefore, take shorter showers and baths using warm water and right after, wipe your skin dry. Follow this up with a protective layer of moisturizing cream. According to Dr Day, you should use hydrating gels as opposed to regular soap for winter time bathing.
Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t exposed to the sun’s damaging rays. So always make sure you have a protective layer of sunscreen when heading out. SPF15 will do just fine, but if you spend long hours outside, SPF 30 will be more appropriate.
There are quite a number of holidays during winter. It is on such days that people tend to go overboard with drinking and eating. Lack of sleep is also a common issue. All these are things that can cause great stress to the body and skin. Some common skin problems caused by such activities include acne and cold sores. Dr Day recommends the use of topical medications to treat these problems before they manifest. Simple sugars, carbohydrates and processed food should be kept at a low. Also don’t force yourself to do things you don’t like such as going to a party where most of the people in attendance are not exactly your best friends.
Sarnoff advises people to wear gloves all through the winter and into spring. This is because tiny chaps on the skin can easily transform into fissures that become infected. (This also applies to the lips so wear lip balm whenever going outside).
It is important to follow these winter skin care tips to ensure your skin remain looking beautiful and smooth all year round.