Cold days of winter will bring more than just rosy glow to the cheeks but also uncomfortable dryness to the skin –especially the face, hands, and feet. In some cases, the problem might be worse than usual dry feeling. Sometimes skin goes really dry it will become flaky and will develop some cracks. Worst, you can have eczema.
Bonnie LaPlante, an esthetician with the Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox, Mass., said “As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out. It doesn’t matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry.”
Here are some helpful tips to boost your winter skin care regimen so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.
1. Slather on the Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun and snow glare can still damage your skin. Apply a generous amount on your face and hands if they will be exposed, before going outside.
2. Seek a Specialist
Seeking the help of an esthetician or dermatologist is a good investment. They can analyse your skin type and give treatment and guide you to a proper skin regimen by sticking to the right products for your skin type. “Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones,” says David Voron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, California. “What’s most important is how your skin responds to the product and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it.”
3. Moisturize More
As weather conditions change, your moisturizer should change too. Try to find an ointment moisturizer that is oil based, rather than water based because oil retains more moisture than lotion. Make sure that the moisturizer you get is non-clogging.
4. Warm Hands
It is harder to keep your hands moist than most parts of the body. It will itch and develop cracks. You should wear gloves to keep your hands warm.
5. Use a Humidifier
Heating systems may release hot dry air throughout your home. It is suggested to have some humidifier inside your home to get moisture in the air, thus helping to prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
6. Pace the Peels
Don’t use peels, masks, or alcohol based toners and astringents. Try a cleansing milk or a mild foaming cleanser that deeply nourishes your skin and keeps the vital oils.
7. Grease Up Your Feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
8. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
9. Ban Superhot Baths
Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. “You’re better off with just warm water,” LaPlante advises, “and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.”
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy, Bielinski notes. So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer. If those techniques don’t work, go see a dermatologist.
10. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk,” Kenneth Bielinski, MD, a dermatologist in Oak Lawn, Ill. “It’s a very common misconception.”
LaPlante agrees. “I see clients at the spa who drink their 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and still have super dry skin. It just doesn’t do that much.”Sep 2015