Winter Care for your skin
The chilling cold in the air from the sudden change of seasons can leave your
skin chapped and devastatingly
dry. Winter atmosphere is notorious for
scarcity of humidity, compounded by indoor heating which is winter's most
vicious skin-drying scoundrel.
Winter often spells disaster for your
skin. It looks rough and chapped, feels
tight and drawn. What should be one of your greatest assets becomes one of your
biggest beauty problems. You have to take extra
care for your skin during this
season and with our tips you will find that having a
beautiful skin is not that
difficult after all.
Your mission: remove less oil and
moisture, and add extra oil and moisture as
Keep your whole body hydrated. Drink approximately 64 ounces or more of
water daily. Limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol you intake; these act as
diuretics releasing fluid from the body.
Protect your skin from
sun damage. Apply sunblock, preferably SPF 25 or
higher, as a part of your daily skin care routine all year long. Remember to
apply to all parts of your body that will be exposed during the day: face,
arms, neck, etc.
Take warm-not hot showers or baths or at least reduce the amount of time.
While this may not seem best during the cold winters it will actually help
prevent the amount of natural acid mantel that is stripped off by the hot
water which leads to dry skin. A soak in a warm bath amply infused with sweet
almond or jojoba oil would be a soothing and skin-nourishing way to end the
Ditch your usual soap and use an emollient-rich beauty bar, such as Dove
or Oil of Olay. Cleanse gently and don't soap up dry parts such as legs and
Smooth on body oil or lotion as soon as you get out of the shower, to trap
in the shower's moisture. Apply petroleum jelly on problem areas to seal in
moisture and heal very dry skin. This includes your face -- petroleum jelly is
noncomedogenic (it won't clog your
pores) and very soothing.
Itís also a good idea to
once a week to get rid of flaky skin.
Use a type of scrub thatís made for your skin type Ė and always remember to be
gentle. Exfoliating gets rid of built-up dead skin cells and exposes a fresh
layer of skin ready to suck up all the moisturizer you're going to apply when
you step out of the tub.
After any bath or shower you should always apply a good quality
moisturizer to help keep your body's natural oils sealed inside. You entire
body should be moisturized daily so that it doesn't dry out, even those areas
that are covered during winter can get dried out as a result of the central
Use a humidifier to maintain at least 30 percent humidity in your home.
With the heat on and the windows closed, the air inside can become very dry in
the winter, making the dryness and itching of
even worse. If you donít
want to invest in an expensive humidifying system, smaller, relatively
inexpensive humidifiers can be obtained at a local drug store. Placing two or
three of these around your home will help to humidify the dry air. This can
keep skin from drying and becoming cracked and itchy.
When you wash your hands, slather on
hand cream immediately afterward to
trap in moisture. Also, wear gloves when you're outside, to protect against
cold, dry air that evaporates moisture from your hands.
Wear Natural-Fiber Clothing: Synthetic fabrics and wool can be very
irritating to dry skin, so opt for soft cotton clothing instead. If you need
to wear wool to keep warm, wear a long-sleeved cotton shirt or turtleneck
underneath to provide a "buffer zone."
Stop Licking Your Lips: When our lips feel dry, we lick them. Of course,
this only leaves them more chapped. Keep a tube or jar of lip balm with you at
all times, and apply every time you get the temptation to lick those dry lips.
These tips which if executed, will lead to moisture, healthier skin this
wintertime. With a little preparation and extra
there is no reason why you need to suffer from "winter skin."
Dated 21 January 2013