As the weather gets colder and dryer during the winter months, your skin can be prone to dryness. The harsh temperatures can start to take its toll on your complexion, and in some cases, a simple moisturizer no longer does the trick.
If you’re one of those people who tend to have problematic skin during the winter, take a look at some of the best ways to plan for your skin goals when the cold weather hits.
Beyond being hygienic, taking showers every day is important for locking moisture in your skin. Some people are under the false impression that taking a shower drains the moisture from your pores; however, it’s quite the opposite.
Taking warm showers will help maintain your natural oils on your skin and preserve and lock in its moisture. Showering enough alone isn’t enough, however. You’ll still need to use a moisturizing cleanser during your shower as well as lotion following a shower.
Donít Use Harsh Cleansers
When using cleansers, it’s important to be careful about what you choose. Any old soap may strip your skin of its moisture. Make sure that you’re using a mild cleanser that will defend your skin against the harsh weather conditions. When looking for cleansers, make sure to check the ingredients. Make sure that they aren’t filled with unfavorable chemicals or dangerous products.
If your skin is especially dry, you should consider opting for something beyond a drugstore brand. Most dermatologists recommend a moisturizer with lactic acid if your skin is to the point of flaking.
If you thought that sunscreen was only for sunny days, think again. Even in cloudy conditions, your skin can still be damaged by the sun’s harmful rays. Yes, even if it’s snowing. The sun can reflect off of the ice or snow on to your skin and give you a sunburn.
When going outside, always apply sunblock at least 30 minutes before going out. You may not anticipate getting a sunburn in the winter, but they can and do happen. When they do, it can seriously damage your skin and cause pain and discomfort.
Drink Lots Of Water
Believe it or not, your skin’s moisture can be affected by the amount of water that you drink. By drinking enough water throughout the day, your skin will be moisturized from the inside out. If you notice that your skin is feeling particularly dry and flaky, ask yourself how much water you’ve been drinking recently.
Chances are that the two are probably more closely connected than you suspect. Before you go out and purchase fancy creams that cost more than your paycheck, consider carrying around a water bottle wherever you go.