While you may be ready for the cooler temperatures, your skin can dry out and even crack from the dry air that the winter season brings. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to keep your skin healthy during the colder months. Here are our top tips to keep your skin healthy this winter:
Take Shorter Showers
While the cold weather can make you want to take a nice warm shower, cutting down the time you spend showering is actually better for your skin. A hot shower can be relaxing, however, many people use water that is way too hot. Long, hot showers can dry out the oils of your skin. If your skin is red after you step out of the shower, it’s time to turn the temperature down. Ideally, your shower should be under ten minutes and should use warm, not hot, water.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Your skin needs moisture, especially in the wintertime when it is naturally more prone to drying out. For the best possible results, use lotion directly after showering. This will help to trap in moisture as quickly as possible. Remember to moisturize your hands frequently as well, preferably after each time you wash them.
Although sun damage is likely the last thing you are worried about during the winter, it is still a very viable threat to the health of your skin. The bright reflections of winter days can magnify the sun’s rays and increase your risk of sun damage. It is important to use products that contain sunscreen every day, regardless of the season.
Eat Well and Stay Hydrated
Your skin will be susceptible to drying out with the winter weather, and this can be made worse by your diet and hydration. Make sure that you are eating foods that are rich in omega-3 and omega- 6 fatty acids. It is also important to drink enough water throughout the day.
Switch Out Your Skin Care Products
Pay close attention to the products that you are using in the winter. Cream-based cleansers will help your face stay both clean and moisturized. Avoid products that contain alcohol because they are more likely to dry out your face. Make sure you are moisturizing your face and lips at night.
The winter can be harsh, especially when it comes to the overall health of your skin. Follow these tips to help keep your skin healthy all winter long and come see us at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics to learn more about the skin care procedures that we offer.