Winter can take a toll on your skin, the cold and dry weather can leave your skin dry. If you already have dry skin, this can be a terrible time of year for you. Whether you have dry skin or not, you will be affected by the winter air. The dry air combined with your home’s heating system will steal the moisture from your skin, resulting in cracked and tight skin.
In some cases, your skin will become so dried out that it may lead to deep cracks that bleed. Avoiding this comes with a simple solution, but keeping your skin well moisturized throughout the winter may be easier said than done.
No matter the type of skin you have, you will most likely have to alter your skin routine when winter rolls around. Keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and beautiful this winter! Nuderma Health & Med Spa is the perfect place to start. We are skin experts who can help give you advice on how to properly care for your skin. Skin care routines are products can change based on your type of skin, learn more about the skin types and set up a free consultation to learn more about your skin type! WebMD even said the first step is to talk with a specialist to learn more about your skin and get the best tips for your skin type.
In this blog, we will go over different things you can do to take care of your skin during winter. Keep your skin hydrated this winter, read on for tips to healthier winter skin!
Pick A Different Moisturizer
Your summer moisturizer may be perfect for the warm and humid months, but when winter hits, you may want to reconsider the moisturizer you use. Much of this depends on the type of skin you have. Heavier creams and lotions may be your go to, but they may cause you to break out. According to The Cut, the thing that matters with moisturizer is the number of active ingredients. While an oil-based moisturizer can help your skin retain moisture better, it can lead to breakouts, especially if you have sensitive or oily skin.
Natural and active ingredients will give you a moisturizer that works well and actually makes a difference. The Cut also mentioned the types of moisturizers you should use in the winter depending on your skin type. For those with normal or combination skin, a rich formula works well to leave your skin hydrated. Rich and thick creams work well for dry skin types. If you are prone to breakouts, try finding a lotion with no oil or petrolatum, but that contains lipids. Finding a moisturizer that is right for your skin type may be difficult, but the experts at Nuderma can help you find the right products for you.
We know what it is like coming home after a long cold day. All you want to do is jump into a steaming hot shower and stay in there until all the hot water has run out. While that may be all you want to do during a cold winter day, it is the last thing you should do for your skin. You may think that hot water can help prevent dry skin, but a Today article says that’s a myth.
Hot showers can strip the oil from your skin, which will end up causing your skin to become more dry. If you want to help your skin, take a lukewarm shower. The Cut article mentions that water that is too hot will strip the natural oils from your skin and dehydrate your skin. This is a recipe for dry and cracked skin. As hard as it may be, taking a lukewarm shower can help to make your skin stay hydrated better.
The length of your showers also matters. While you may not want to hear it, the shorter the shower the better. Try to avoid drawing out your showers. Make them quick and when you are drying off pat dry rather than rubbing. While your skin is still damp, apply moisturizer! This will help retain more water and keep your skin more hydrated.
Exfoliate But Not Too Much
Exfoliating is important for your skin’s health. When you exfoliate, your dead skin gets removed and allows your moisturizers to do their job better because they are able to reach the healthy layer of skin. But exfoliating too much can strips those natural oils.
If you have an intense exfoliator, swap it out for something more gentle, this will help keep your facial scrub from stripping the oil. Don’t exfoliate more than you usually would, once or twice a week will be enough for the colder months. And be sure to moisturize right afterwards!
Moisturizer Before Bed
Before you hit the hay, be sure to moisturize very well. This is the best time to moisturize your skin, and you will wake up feeling more hydrated than before. Many night creams are oil-based moisturizers and can be the perfect product for you. Again, it depends on your skin type. But lathering your skin with moisturizer before bed can help to hydrate your skin better and help you wake up feeling less dry.
For the areas of your body that are more noticeably affected by the cold, such as your hands and feet, add a lotion and wear socks and gloves to seal in the moisture. This will help add hydration to your dry hand and feet overnight. Do this every night to keep your hands and feet hydrated all winter long.
Invest In A Humidifier
If your home becomes very dry during the winter, invest in a humidifier. This can help add moisture to the air in your home. The dry air steals the moisture from your skin, so keeping the air in your home humid can help keep your skin more hydrated. Buy a humidifier for the most used rooms of your home, including the bedrooms. This will help keep your entire home humid and prevent your skin from drying out.
Protect Your Skin
We are talking about a few different types of protection here. Even though it is colder, the winter sun can cause just as much damage to your skin as the summer sun, wearing sunscreen will help protect your skin and is important all year long.
But you also should protect your skin against the cold temperatures. Wearing gloves and scarves can help keep your skin from facing cold winds and snow. While this may not seem like it would do a lot, just think about how dry your hands get after taking a walk outside in the cold with no gloves. Wearing gloves can help protect your skin and keep them more hydrated.
There are many different ways to care for your skin in the winter, and it is an important thing to know. Most people do not enjoy when their skin is dry and cracking. Take care of your skin throughout the winter by following these tips! They can help your skin stay hydrated and healthy.
If you would like more information about your skin type and the best care for you, let Nuderma help. At Nuderma Health & Med Spa, we can help rejuvenate your skin and help you find the right skin care routine for you. Schedule a free consultation today and contact us with any questions!