Keeping your skin healthy and moisturized during the dry winter months can be a daily struggle. The dry air and colder temps can rob your skin of much needed moisture. There are steps you can take, however, to protect your skin and keep your face bright by following these simple tips.
1. Avoid Long, Hot Showers
Although a steaming shower on a cold morning sounds enticing, long exposure to water and soap breaks down your skin’s natural oils and strips away moisture. Instead, shower in lukewarm water, which is not as rough on the skin.
2. Switch Up Your Skin Care Products
It’s essential that as weather conditions change, your skin care change along with it. Just like there are many, many different skin types, each individual’s skin will behave differently in different climates. Consider switching to a gentler, moisturizing soap for the harsh winter months.
3. Turn On Your Humidifier
One of the best ways to combat the bitter dryness of winter is by carefully maintaining a healthy level of humidity in your home. A humidifier keeps moisture in the air as opposed to heating systems, which tend to suck up every last drop of it. That raw air can easily chap lips, hands, and other fragile skin.
4. Don’t Slack On Exfoliation
Exfoliation is absolutely necessary for healthy skin — especially in winter. When dry, flaky skin is present, it indicates that these cells have expired. Using heavy moisturizers, skin oils, or cream masks to try to reduce them and make the skin moist will not get rid of the dry skin flakes dotting the surface of your skin. Instead, you must remove these dead cells with a gentle, alcohol-free glycolic or lactic acid serum a few evenings a week. You can put on your night cream immediately after the serum has been applied. This will encourage removal of dry skin so fresh new cells can readily accept moisture.