The harsh cold weather outside along with the toasty temperatures inside brought about by your ever-reliable heating system, all contribute to the dryness of your skin during the wintertime. Help your skin by following the tips below:
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil — or butter — is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. And vegetable shortening, LaPlante says, is a really bad idea. “It would just sit on the skin,” she says. “And it would be really greasy.”
You can also look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin. Source: WebMD
Make Sure to Exercise
Working up the motivation to workout in winter can be difficult but do it for your skin. Exercising regularly will improve circulation and give your skin more color. If you’re going for a run make sure to wrap up to avoid windburn. Source: Hello
Handle with Care
To prevent chapping parched hands, embrace wipe-off, soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitizers.
“They’re less drying than washing repeatedly with soap and water,” Dr. Rodan says. “It’s the wet-dry, wet-dry that really sucks the moisture out of your skin.”
When you do wash, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then slather on lotion right away. Source: Health
Keep your Showers and Baths Short and Not Too Hot
The shower is not the time to get lost in your thoughts. All of the dermatologists insist that you shower like the National Resources Defense Council is watching you. The ideal temperature is lukewarm, sort of like your feelings toward oatmeal cookies.
“Water is not hydrating to your skin. It can be the enemy if you have dry skin. It’s the natural oils that you want,” explains Dr. Frank, and water washes natural oils away. Excessively hot water also dehydrates the skin. “If the water you use on your skin is too hot, it will dilate capillaries in order to cool itself, resulting in redness,” says Dr. Macrene-Alexiades. Source: NYMag
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