As the days get shorter and colder, your skin is very susceptible to changes in the environment and can damage easily. Here are 6 easy skincare tips that should help you and your skin survive this winter.
As the seasons change, your skincare products may need to change as well. Your skin dries out very easily in cold weather. Consider upgrading from a moisturizing lotion to an oil-based ointment. The ointment will help seal in more moisture than a lotion.
6. Moisturize More
Just because it's not 85 degrees out anymore does not mean you should cut back on your water intake. When it's cold outside, it's easy to forget to stay hydrated. Dehydration affects your whole body, not just your skin so your whole body will benefit from maintaining adequate hydration.
5. Stay Hydrated
Nothing feels more soothing than a long hot shower on a cold winter morning. While this may feel great, the prolonged exposure to hot water depletes your skin of essential lipids and oils that maintain your skin's moisture naturally. In lieu of a long, hot shower, consider a quick, warm one.
4. No Super Hot Showers
Bundling up in your coziest sweats and spending the day on the couch under a blanket is a fantastic way to spend a cold winter day, but don't forget your exercise. Exercise is not only a great way to stay in shape, but sweating clears your pores and improves blood circulation, which helps deliver essential nutrients to your skin.
2. Don't Forget Your Sunscreen
Like staying hydrated, using sunscreen is not just a summer sport. Sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin. Most moisturizers already have sunscreen in them so make sure to choose one with a high SPF rating and apply it before you head out in the sun. Furthermore, ski slopes are a hotbed for sunburns. When you're hitting the slopes this season, make sure to be wearing more protection on your head than just a helmet.
1. Visit a Dermatologist
Nobody has better skin care tips than your skin specialist. Make sure to visit your dermatologist this winter for the latest recommendations. If you're too busy to make it in to their office, try visiting your dermatologist online with HealthLens and create the perfect treatment plan for the winter.