Dry skin seems to be a given during the winter months. With the numerous winter conditions, there seems to be no remedy for the affects on your skin. We have 5 tips that will combat the frigid air to keep your skin smooth and glowing.
- Don’t Forget to Moisturize. Your skin care routine should change with the seasons because your skin does. In the winter, it is best to use an oil-based ointment moisturizer. The oil will act as an extra layer of protection that you can’t get with a basic lotion or cream. Applying right after bathing will trap the water your skin needs to stay hydrated. TIP: When purchasing face moisturizer, be sure the oils are “non-clogging” because not all oils are appropriate for facial use.
- Avoid Scalding Baths. Taking a hot bath after being in the cold seems like a great and relaxing way to keep warm, but it is not so good for your skin. Hot baths actually cause your skin to lose moisture because it breaks down lipid barriers. Instead, try a warm bath with a cup of oatmeal or a few drops of essential oils to help lock in moisture.
- Utilize Your Humidifier. Humidifiers produce more moisture in the air. This helps fight cracking and drying of the skin. Placing several small units around your house will encourage even displacement of the moisture. Humidifiers will also help you and your family feel better if they happen to get the common cold during winter.
- Grab the Lip Balm. There are so many different types and brands of lip balms because they are a must-have for the winter season. Avoid any uncomfortable lip cracking with moisturizing lip balm. This is essential to keeping your lips healthy in the cold. Since lip balm is small, it can fit in your pocket or purse, and you can have it with you whenever you need it.
- Don’t Neglect Your Feet. It’s not just your hands and face that need a little TLC this winter. To avoid feet cracking and drying, use a strong ointment. Foot cream used throughout the year is typically not strong enough to take on the elements of winter. Preferably an ointment or cream with petroleum jelly will work the best to keep your feet moisturized.