Winter weather is beautiful, but it can rob your skin of its youthful vitality. During the windy, cold winter months, the natural moisture of your skin evaporates faster than during any other season, pulling out essential hydration and leaving you with dry skin. You’re left with chapped lips, rough heels, peeling hands, and a flaky face. As the temperatures stay low, don’t forget the most important part of the winter season – your healthy skin.
Restore moisture to dry skin with these 7 winter skincare tips:
1. Go Within
Topical skin moisturizers like lotions, creams, and oils work wonders when it comes to rehydrating dry skin. However, during the harsh winter months, it can be challenging to lock moisture in. To replenish winter skin moisture loss from the inside out, aim to drink more water during the day. The daily recommendation of water consumption for adults is eight full 8-ounce glasses of water per day. However, the daily needs are relative to each person, and their lifestyle. If you tend to exercise more, you will need to up your intake, and consume up to 10 or 15 glasses.
Just remember: Each skin cell is made up of approximately two-thirds water, and thus, needs plenty of water to stay fluid. So drink up!
2. Lock in Moisture
If you want to lock moisture inside the epidermis (top layer of your skin) you’ll need to prevent transepidermal water loss. Also known as TEWL, this natural process is responsible for most of the evaporative moisture loss that causes dry winter skin. In the past, many people turned to petroleum jelly to lock in natural skin oils and prevent TEWL. And it’s still good today. Apply petroleum jelly to cracked, dry winter skin to prevent winter skin woes.
3. Add Moisture into the Air
During the windy winter months, there is never enough moisture in the air. But you can replace the loss of dewy days with a small humidifier. These machines work to prevent dry skin conditions by adding water vapor into your indoor environment. This super-hydrating device takes up very little space, so you can even bring it to your office. At such an affordable price, it’s a winter skin must-have.
If you are ready to renew your dry winter skin, you must include exfoliation in your daily routine. One of the most effective ways to fight dry skin on your body is dry brushing. Get a loofah type brush and brush your skin on your arms, legs, stomach—preferably in an upwards direction to promote circulation. Do this before your shower at least once a week. After your shower, use an exfoliating body cream daily. For your face, avoid scrubs and whip up an at-home DIY peel. Apply once a week.
5. Chill Out
Winter weather can have you craving a hot bath or shower, but if you lower the water temperature, your skin will thank you. You may not realize it, but the hot steamy shower you’re taking could be partially responsible for your dehydrated skin. Cool things down a bit and only bathe in lukewarm water. Applying an overall skin oil after towel drying can also help you to avoid moisture loss caused by scalding water temperatures.
6. Skip the Shave
During the winter, sensitive skin can become even more prone to dryness. Because hot water is needed to open the pores and loosen coarse hair, the process can further dry out healthy skin. If you can, just skip shaving all together during the winter. Nobody’s looking anyway. If not, just try to keep shaving to the “bare” minimum.
7. Just Add Sunscreen
It might seem odd to apply a sun protectant during winter months, but did you know that up to 80 percent of UV rays come straight through the clouds? And that’s what makes wintertime UV rays so deceptively dangerous. The natural water vapor inside clouds actually intensifies ultra-violet rays, making them more powerful, and potentially more damaging to healthy skin. However, be advised that not all sunscreens are created equal, and many of them can cause more harm than good. Only purchase a broad-spectrum SPF to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Healing dry winter skin can be a challenge! Prevent the loss of essential skin moisture with these seven simple, effective winter skincare tips. They’re easy to do, and work wonders for restoring hydration to winter skin.