Winter Skin Care Tips


Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter Skin Care Tips

From dry skin to inflammation, winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin. As temperatures drop, our skin pays the price, since it is harder for the skin to protect itself in freezing conditions. Below are some of our go-to winter skin care tips for those cold days to come.

Moisturize daily

Dry skin in the winter is very common, and often times painful. Serious dry skin can even lead to keratosis pilaris, annoying rough skin. To prevent dry skin and other skin related problems, be sure that you are moisturizing a few times daily. Also, try an exfoliating lotion to help rid of dead skin cells around your hair follicles and reduce the appearance of red bumps.

Handle with care

To prevent rough, chapping hands this winter, consider using an alcohol-free hand sanitizer or wipe-off, soup-free cleansers. Washing and drying your hands throughout the day is a very common cause for chappy hands in the winter. In some cases, this can be very painful for some. The less drying and washing will help retain the natural moisture in your hands. And when you do wash, choose a soap-free cleanser or hydrating antibacterial gel and lotion up immediately after.

Wear gloves

Anything that creates a barrier around your dry spots, holds moisture in. Put lotion, oil or cream on your hands as often as needed, then slide on a pair of gloves to help your skin soak up all the moisture. Even if it’s just for an hour, this remedy can really help. You can also wear them before going out, to avoid a worse problem later in the night.

Try honey

For stubborn dry patches on your arms, elbows or knees, try honey! Use a simple mix of honey and sugar to create a scrub (applied topically). The honey will help lower inflammation while the sugar increase circulation in the skin. This remedy is especially helpful during the colder months, as our blood flow is derived from the skin to keep our core warm.

Layer up

Start with a smooth moisturizing body cleanser or rich bath oil (something that will leave a nice oily/creamy film on your skin). After you’ve dried off, lather up with a nice lotion or moisturizer of choice. Repeat every time you shower and be sure to lotion up morning and night.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is key for healthy skin, especially during the winter. It will help remove dead skill cells, blocking the skin underneath, which will help brighten and moisturize all over. Stick to an all natural exfoliator, as many store-bought brands contain ingredients that can damage your skin’s pH.

Don’t forget about your feet

For many of us, dried, cracked feet is a common ailment. But, you don’t have to suffer. Every night before bed, buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or foot file and immediately apply a thick, buttery moisturizer and wear socks. Leave this on overnight and enjoy the wonderful changes. You will need to repeat this remedy every night for at least a week before change is seen.

Avoid long showers

Though it’s extremely tempting, try resisting a long, hot shower or bath this winter. A hot shower or bath can strip your already dry skin of it’s natural moisture. Keep your showers to 10 minutes or less and not more than once a day.

Please share your favorite winter skin care tips in the comments below!

Source for this Article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sacha-devoretz/top-tips-for-winter-skincare_b_12791244.html

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20653372,00.html#smooth-as-you-soothe-0

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