During the winter, the weather is cold and dry. Dry, cold air depletes moisture from your skin, which makes it susceptible to peeling and cracking. If you're like many people, you're in a rush. Regardless of the rush you're in, don't leave your home with damp skin. Exposing wet skin to the outside elements causes your skin to dry out at a much quicker rate than stepping out into the elements with dry skin. Here's more information about skincare for winter.
Essential Skincare Tips for Winter
There are various ways you can combat dry, peeling, and cracked skin. Healthy skin glows, and it should be able to do so regardless of the current season.
Invest in a Humidifier
Using a humidifier during the cold months helps prevent dry skin and other issues, such as:
- Allergy symptoms
It also helps your home feel warm and cozy.
Your body is made up of more than 50 percent water. Dry conditions, such as those common during the winter, pull moisture from your body, which can lead to chapped lips and dry skin. A humidifier replenishes moisture in the air that your skin can absorb.
Drink Enough Water
Internal hydration is just as important as external hydration. Drinking an adequate amount of water aids with the prevention of dry mouth, it promotes cardiovascular health and helps keep your body from overheating. Other benefits of drinking water include improved muscle and joint function, body cleansing and supple skin. To remain properly hydrated, you need to drink at least two liters of water every day.
Use Sensitive Skincare Products
The harsh winter weather calls for skincare products that are more gentle than other products you usually use. Certain skincare products don't do your skin justice, especially during the winter, when the weather can be the most unforgiving. Using skincare products that are not explicitly made for sensitive skin may dry your skin out. Skincare for sensitive skin helps with moisture retention.
Avoid Taking Extremely Hot Showers and Baths
Hot water dries your skin out quickly. This type of water evaporates quickly and removes moisture from your skin. Without moisture, your skin will become hard and lose its elasticity. Without elasticity, your skin will not be as firm as it should be. It's a good idea to keep your bathroom door shut to allow your skin to absorb the moisture from the steam.
Always Moisturize Your Skin
There is nothing more essential than moisturizing your skin. The more moisture you provide your skin with, the healthier it remains and the moisture it retains. You need to moisturize your skin at least twice per day. In addition to moisturizing your skin, don't forget to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin from damaging UV rays from the sun, even during winter. When you're creating a winter skincare routine, make sure you include hyaluronic acid and glycerin because they both help protect your skin and hydrate it.
If you're interested in perfecting your skin and correcting current or past issues, Dermatology Consultants of Frisco is here to help. We can create a tailor-made plan that addresses your specific needs. Contact us today or book an appointment.