Every time the cold season comes around there is always a shift in my skincare regime that needs to happen to protect my face from the harsh cold elements. Before I really got into skincare I used to always have such a severe reaction to the changing of the seasons from fall to winter. My face seemed to become irritated, red, and dry immediately after the first day of sub-zero temperatures and my hands would become rough and cracked on the backs like sandpaper. Once I discovered more tools for how to care for skin in winter I realized that my skin doesn’t have to suffer every time the winter weather comes around. With the help of some winter skincare home remedies and some skincare tips for winter, I have figured out a way to combat the intense dry skin and discomfort that I used to deal with every year. Now my skin might not be perfectly radiant, but it certainly feels healthy and moisturized rather than tight, itchy, dry, and with uneven pigmentation. That’s a pretty big winter win for me. I hope this article can help you prevent winter dryness and get soft kissable skin.
Why Does My Skin Get Dry in the Winter?
Skin can become extra dry in the winter because of a combination of drying circumstances. When the air is cold there is less humidity and that can dry your skin out. The dryness in the air can dry up the moisture in your skin too, and this with the cold can be very uncomfortable if not downright painful. Other factors can come as a habitual side effect of cold weather. We usually aren’t as active in the winter months meaning that we aren’t moving our skin around and distributing natural oils. We also might be less likely to keep hydrated because of that lesser amount of activity. It is super important especially in the winter months to keep hydrated. We might not be as susceptible to dehydration as we would be in the humid heat, but your body will thank you for drinking water and decaffeinated tea throughout the day.
While you’re at it, incorporate some oranges into your diet for vitamin C and Dark, leafy greens for vitamins A, C, and E, omega-3s, and protein. Diet is a very important part of healthy skin. You are what you eat, so eat foods that make good building blocks. It’s also worth mentioning that you need to be wearing sunscreen in the winter even when the sun isn’t blaring at you. The UV rays are powerful no matter the season, and sun protection, especially on your face and hands, is always an important thing for skin health.
How to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter
So all of these dehydrating facts about winter are making me want to drink a huge cup of peppermint tea and apply a thick layer of cream. Before you go reaching for the body lotion, let’s talk about skincare products. It is important to select the best products in order to make sure that you’re getting the best results. This doesn’t mean the fanciest or most expensive products, this means reading the label and looking for a few specific ingredients to ensure the best coverage and hydration. Don’t get lotions or creams that contain alcohol or perfumes because they can dry out your skin. It’s better to get natural oil-based creams rather than petroleum-based. Opt for ingredients like coconut oil, avocado oil, and shea butter. Lotions that are enriched with vitamins are also great for winter. During the colder months your skin might be lacking some vitamin D from the sun or other vitamins from, let’s face it, a less colorful diet.
It might be cold, but it’s still important to move your body around. This might make the skin feel less tight or stiff. If you’re going outside for a walk, put on protective clothing like layers of soft fabric under a thick coat, mittens or gloves, a scarf, and a hat. This will prevent irritation and keep your ears neck and hands safe from the harsh cold.
How To Take Care of Skin in Winter
If you’re like me you wash your hands a lot in the winter. This can lead to extra drying and cracking of the skin on the back of the hands. Pro tip: don’t use scalding hot water and put a bottle of hand lotion next to the soap dispenser to remind you to lock in moisture after each wash. Similarly, when it comes to your whole body, excessively long and hot showers can also be a culprit for extra dry skin. I know it’s tempting, but don’t shower in extra hot water to prevent further drying out your skin and only shower when you need to for as long as you need to get clean. After the shower, moisturize immediately to keep as much moisture in as possible. When washing your face, use a cream-based cleanser instead of a gel or alcohol-based one. The cream base will keep your face both clean and hydrated. It can also be super beneficial to invest in a face scrub or exfoliator. This can get rid of the dead dry skin on your face and help newly hydrated skin flourish. Exfoliating your body is a great thing to do as well. Again, after washing exfoliating, and toning, pick a great moisturizer that is cream-based and alcohol-free to use.
Now that you have the tools and knowledge that you need to fight dry and cracking skin in the winter, treat yourself to these remedies because your skin deserves it. Having soft skin doesn’t have to break the bank. You can use natural and inexpensive tools to build a powerful skincare routine. Water, fruits and veggies, habits like wearing gloves and shorter showers, natural creams like coconut oil as a body lotion: it’s all super doable! Love your skin and treat it kindly this winter with a little winter skincare TLC.