7 Winter Skin Care Tips Recommended by Dermatologists (BU ‘17)
People want to look and feel good in their skin. This is why the beauty sector is estimated to be worth $445 billion.
Winter wreaks havoc on our skin and the dry, cold air can make your skin dry and itchy. Take a look at these winter skin care tips to keep your skin looking good all season long.
1. Limit Your Shower and Watch the Temp
It’s pretty tempting to take a long and steamy shower in the cold winter, but that will dry out your skin. Try taking 5-10 minute lukewarm showers or baths. If your shower is turning your skin red, it is too hot.
You should also avoid hot water when washing your hands. If you are using a public restroom, don’t dry your hands all the way with an air hand-dryer.
2. Avoid Using Skin Products with Fragrances and Alcohol
Strong soap can dry your skin out even more, and fragrances also dry out the skin. Try using cream-based cleansers, and use toners and astringents with alcohol sparingly.
3. Use a Humidifier
The furnace dries out the air in your home. Anytime the furnace runs you should also have a humidifier running. The humidity should be around 45 percent in your home, and this will help prevent extra moisture from escaping your skin.
4. Use Products with Antioxidants
Antioxidants slow down oxidation, which is the chemical reaction that can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skin care products include vitamins A, C, E, and B3.
You should also try to eat foods rich in these vitamins like fruits, avocados, kale, and other leafy vegetables. Products with retinoids can dry your skin out in the winter, so you may want to use other moisturizers with other vitamins.
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5. Use SPF
It’s important to continue to use sunscreens during the winter. The snow can reflect the sun’s rays up to 80 percent and increase your exposure risk.
Dark dreary days can also be dangerous. The sun’s UV rays can still filter through the cloud and cause damage. Make sure you use at least an SPF of 15 or higher on your body’s exposed areas.
6. Moisturize Frequently
It’s important to moisturize more frequently in the winter and turn to thicker creams or ointments. Lotions work great when it’s warmer and humid.
You should apply hand cream after you wash your hands because hands dry out quickly. You may also want to wear waterproof gloves when you are cleaning or washing dishes.
Exfoliating can help quench your dry skin by removing the dry skin buildup. This buildup prevents the moisturizers from penetrating your skin. Don’t overdo it, but exfoliation will help your skin absorb moisturizers better.
Final Thoughts on Winter Skin Care
You don’t have to suffer from extra dry skin this winter. Follow these winter skin care tips and keep your skin glowing all winter long. Make sure you eat nutritious foods and drink plenty of water along with using your creams and ointments.
Keep checking out our site for other tips to help you look and feel your best any time of year.