Snow is probably outside your door right now. You must be all bundled up in your sweater and jackets. For the winter season, everyone is always prepared from the cold and warming themselves. So is your skin ready for the cold weather or the freezing snow?
Here are the things you can do to take care of your skin this winter.
- Don’t forget to moisturize – having extra dry skin, especially during winter can trigger keratosis pilaris, it’s a condition that makes you skin rough. Use oil-based moisturizers to add a protective layer to your skin. It can help retain moisture, better than water-based one’s, lotions or creams.
- Protect your hands – the skin there are thinner, compared to other parts of the human body. Whenever you go outside during winter don’t forget to wear your gloves to keep your hands warm and moist. Use alcohol-free sanitizers and soap to avoid having chapping, parched hands.
- Use honey on your skin – mix it with sugar as a scrub to soften stubbornly, dry, rough patches on your knees and elbows. Honey and sugar increase the blood circulation to your skin, this is helpful especially during winter when your body heat is diverted to your core.
- Hydrate for your skin – Drinking water helps dehydrated skin. In the winter where most of the time your skin is dry, it’s best to drink water from time to time to keep it hydrated and moist.
- Gently exfoliate – Use cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser and alcohol-free toner for your face. Harsh peels mask and astringents or alcohol based toners can strip vital oil from your skin. Avoid drawing out moisture, so use them a little less often.
- Avoid super-hot baths – This might be tempting especially during winter but pass up from this. Intense heat from taking a shower or bath can break down the lipid barriers that actually helps to moisturize your skin. Experts advised taking a warm bath and staying in water in a short amount of time.
- Don’t forget your feet – Before you sleep, softly scrub your feet using a pumice stone or a hydrating scrub to remove dead skin cells and calluses. Then apply generous amounts of petroleum jelly or glycerin, instead of your normal lotion. You should also wear socks overnight.
- Wear the right pajamas – Use clothes made from tightly woven fabrics likes cotton or cotton flannel. The softer the fabrics you use for your sheets and sleepwear the better.
- Use your gloves – Protect your hands from getting cold and getting dry. After applying your lotion and moisturizer in your hands, glove up.
So when winter comes your skin is ready with the help of these tips. Don’t forget to keep these and follow the tips too!