What are your winter skin care tips? I think many of us forget how important sunscreen still is during winter. Although it is tempting, it’s really not a good idea to take hot showers or baths. That is a tricky one for me to avoid when I am chilly. Do you have any winter skin care pitfalls? Here’s our list of 10 skin care tips to keep you looking beautiful all winter long.
13 Skin Care Tips for Winter Beauty
Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. The sun can be just as harsh in the winter. Ever see people with tan lines from their ski goggles? Winter sun adds to skin’s dryness as well. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure for best results.
Use a New Moisturizer
Our skin will often need a different moisturizer depending on the season. I the winter, you may need an oil-bases moisturizer rather than water-based to add an extra protective layer on your skin. Skip anything alcohol-based like toners. In the winter, I pay extra attention to my skin by using a night cream daily.
Our hands can get very dry in the winter. In addition to daily moisturizing, make sure to protect them by wearing gloves or mittens. Your hands don’t produce as much oil as the face. They can become itchy and sore if you are not careful.
Don’t forget Your Lips
Be sure to apply a moisturizing lip balm (such as petroleum jelly or another ointment). This will help heal dry, cracked lips and keep them from getting chapped. I always have a lip balm in my pocket, purse and my car.
Avoid Hot Baths
A hot bath may feel amazing after spending time in the cold, but it actually draws the natural oils out of your skin. It’s better to use warm water and take showers instead of baths. The quicker you can make them, the better. Moisturize right after as well.
Don’t Keep the Heat To High
When your house is overheated, it takes the humidity out of the air, which will dry you out. Turn the heat down a bit and opt for extra layers instead.
Reapply Moisturizers After Washing
Always reapply your moisturizers after washing your hands, body or face. Keep an extra moisturizer in your car or purse for touch-ups.
Exfoliate Once a Week
Exfoliating your skin helps get rid of the dry layer that will build up over time. Try to use a moisturizing exfoliator if possible. Remember not to over exfoliate, which can irritate your skin.
Use Mild Soap
Harsh soaps like the antibacterial options can really dry out your skin. During the winter months, try to use a soap with built in moisturizers or those containing glycerine. Use soap on the areas that tend to get smelly and avoid covering your entire body in soap. You don’t always need to use it everywhere. Opt for those that are gentle and fragrance-free.
Eat Right and Stay Hydrated
Keeping hydrated is key for healthy skin all year round, but especially in winter. You might consider supplements containing Omega-3 fatty acids as well. (ask your healthcare provider before taking anything).
Where non-irritating clothing
A lot of fabrics meant for the cold weather can irritate your skin. Keep wool and other rough clothing as an outer layer away from your skin. Clothing that comes in contact with your skin should be a light later that is breathable and soft. If your clothes get wet, change out of them quickly as they can also irritate your skin.
See a Specialist
If you are unsure how to best take care of your skin during the winter months, see a specialist. They can give you the best advice according to your individual needs.
Winter is the best time to really pamper your skin. You might go for an oil massage or a moisturizing facial. Ask for some gift cards for the holidays.