The cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks for many people; they also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin almost all the parts of body including the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
“As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out; followings are ten tips for caring the skin in winter:
1. Use a Good Moisturizer
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
2. See a Specialist
In order to get a good advice one should go to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck buying high-end products. “Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones,” says the study “In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. 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. Applying Sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Re-apply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
4. Take care of your Hands
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause, wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm.
5. Wet Gloves and Socks should be avoided
One should strictly avoid wet gloves and socks in winter season a wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
6. Minimum use of Central Heating system
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
7. Properly Hydrate for Your body
Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, 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,”
8. Use Lotions to Grease up Your Feet
During the winter, your feet need stronger stuff, try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin instead. And use exfoliates to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
9. Avoid Using Harsh Peels
Avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often during the winter season.
10. Ban Superhot Baths
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, 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, So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer.
Please note that if above techniques don’t work, go see a dermatologist. “You may need a prescription lotion to combat the dry skin, Or you may have a condition that isn’t simply dry skin and that requires different treatment.”