Winter is a fantastic time for fashion, food, travel, and just generally anything except the skin. The moment the first frigid mountain winds end up hitting your skin, it is game over. It is the beginning of dry, itchy skin that is here to trouble you for the long haul.
The first advice that anybody will give you is that switch to a good moisturizer, that does make everything better. But there is still a lot that needs to be accomplished when it comes to winning the battle against dry skin. The good part is that even though the winds have already started to set in, there is still time for you to work on your gorgeous, glowing complexion for the upcoming year.
Prepare Your Home
The drier the air becomes, the drier the skin grows, this is simple logic, but how do you counter this disproportionality of water in the air. To increase the amount of water in the air, place a humidifier wherever you spend the most amount of time. This place is usually the bedroom but again depends on where you live. A cool air humidifier helps increase the moisture level in the air and keep the skin hydrated. If your house has heating, ensure that you keep it at a low or moderate temperature to avoid any additional dryness in the air.
Place Some Effort Into Your Diet
There is a direct connection between our gut and glowing skin. If you are suffering from dry skin, then increasing your intake of fats should help you out. Indulge yourself in a diet that has ample amounts of walnuts, olive oil, and avocados. All these are excellent sources of healthy fats for your skin. Also, stay away from alcohol, coffee, and caffeine as all of them cause dehydration and, in turn, dry skin. Also, drink a lot of water.
Cut Down On Shower Time
There are only a few things that sound as nice as a long hot shower, but no matter what handbook you consult, they will all tell you the same thing, do not shower for too long. Hot water is one of your biggest foes while combating dry skin. A 10-minute shower is just about enough. To pump up the hydration in your body, switch out your soap and gel for a cleansing oil that has soybean oil or other similar fatty oils.
Use a Heavier Moisturizer
It is essential to moisturize, and this can often translate to moving to a thicker moisturizer during the winters. Like the L’Oreal Paris Hydra-Nutrition All-Over Honey Balm. These balms help seal moisture into dry, cracked and flaking skin. If you are not comfortable putting something so heavy on your face, you can put a hydrating serum, which can then be locked in with a moisturizing cream.
Say Bye To Toner
Most toners are made with alcohol, which can elevate the dryness in your skin. If you just can’t live without the refreshing feel of toner in the morning, then try moving to an alcohol-free face mist. The kind that has hydrating ingredients like natural oils and glycerin.
Do Not Over Exfoliate
The last thing your skin wants to be going through is a harsh peel or scrub on top of the existing wintery conditions. This will just further deplete the amount of moisture your skin has and make the irritation worse. The moment you see redness or flaking when you exfoliate, swap out your existing skincare routine for a gentler alternative. Formulas with lactic acid, fruit acid, or scrub with jojoba beads make for much safer options.
Make the Switch To Hydrating Makeup
No matter what your skin type now is the time to move to hydrating products. Dry patches are a nuisance when it comes to putting makeup on your skin. It either applies unevenly or even worse is when it flakes off during the middle of the day. Replace all your powder products with cream-based formulas. Cream-based formulas contain hydrators like glycerin and vitamin E. When it comes to the lips, avoid dense matte formulas and instead move to tints and colored lip balms.
Create a Good Nighttime Routine
Before making your way to bed, ensure you have a regimen that you follow. This routine could be the difference between healthy or sad skin in the morning. The bare minimum you can follow is face wash, followed by serum, moisturizer, and a gentle under eye cream to protect the delicate area.
Before making your way to your cozy bed, do not forget to lather your hands in a moisturizer, followed by a hydrating sheet mask for the people who still feel too dry. Winter is also the season you stay away from anything that is charcoal or clay-based as they suck the moisture right out of your skin.
Skin during winters is a battlefield to walk through, but with spring right around the corner, do you really even want to complain?