Winter’s here and we’re all suffering from the dry, chapped, flaky and uncomfortable skin that we hate to experience this time of year. Though you may have come to think that dry skin is inevitable, there are several things that you can do to help keep your skin hydrated this year.
Why do we get Dry Skin in the Winter?
Take low temperatures, low humidity and harsh winds. Mix them together, and that spells “trouble” for our skin.Environments such as this will effectively deplete our skin of what is called the“natural lipid layer”, the layer that is there to keep our skin from becoming dry and uncomfortable.
During winter we are also often entering into a cold environment, only to then escape to a warmer or hot environment, only to then eventually enter into a cold environment again… this constant trade off of warm versus cold sucks the moisture right out of our skin.
Tip #1: Avoid Hot, Keep it Warm
Hot water can actually exacerbate dry skin as it sucks the moisture right out of our skin. If you want to keep your skin hydrated, then opt for a lukewarm to warm shower every morning.
Alternatively, if you just can’t be without your hot shower in the morning (especially on those cold mornings when you wake up with chilly feet) keep the shower as short as possible.
Tip #2: Hands need Moisture Too
When you stop and think about it, our hands go through a whole lot of punishment in a day. So why do we treat them so poorly? Just as with above, when you wash your hands throughout the day, make sure that you use only lukewarm water to cleanse them. It’s also even more important to follow up with a quality lotion or hand cream to help infuse moisture into your hands.
Tip #3: Exfoliate Regularly
Though you don’t need to exfoliate your skin every day, you should do so at least once or twice a week. Using a simple sugar or salt scrub on both your face and your body twice a week will help slough off those dead skin cells that may be causing your skin to feel more dry and more tight during the winter months.
TIP: New research has come out showing that exfoliating your skin while it is dry is actually better than exfoliating the skin if it is wet or moist. This means getting that exfoliating done before you step into the shower.
Tip #4: Pamper your Hands and Feet
Your hands and feet are most likely the first places where you will experience that dry, tight feeling. The best way to avoid this is to pamper your hands and feet, especially during these cold winter months. Before you go to sleep every night, slather on a moisturizing product on both your hands and feet and slip on a pair of gloves and some warm cotton socks. This will go a long way in keeping your hands and feet well moisturized.