Gloomy days, biting cold and dreary rains of the winter season can wreak havoc on our complexions. Chilly weather can cause our skin to be dry, flaky and irritated. Thankfully it is possible to fight the cold and keep our skin looking radiant and happy throughout this season. As long as you update your skincare routine and stick to it, you should not have a problem.
Here are our ten best tips for healthy skin in winter:
Use a humidifier
Humidifiers add moisture to the air around you which in turn keeps the skin hydrated. Use humidifiers in rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedrooms.
Lower the thermostat to avoid dryness
Your heating system lowers the moisture level in the air, which in turn dries out your skin. To avoid this, keep the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable level. The recommended range is 20◦C to 22◦C.
Take shorter showers with lukewarm water
Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and moisture. It can cause inflammation if the skin is overexposed to it. In extreme cases, hot showers can lead to eczema. Therefore, dermatologists recommend taking smaller showers with mild temperature water.
Use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers
The fragrance dries out the skin and the toxins in fragranced products, worsen itchy and dry skin. Try using fragrance-free cleansers and gels. It is important to remember that unscented products do not mean fragrance-free because unscented products might still contain fragrance.
Swap out products
During the colder months, choose cream-based products instead of lighter lotions, and use toners and astringents sparingly. If your products contain alcohol, then stop using them during this season or use them sparingly because alcohol dries out the skin.
To maintain healthy-looking skin, it is important to moisturize regularly. Especially immediately after washing your face or hands. It is recommended to use creams or ointments in winters because they are more heavy-duty, which makes them perfectly suitable for the cold season.
UV rays make the skin age faster. These harmful rays can pass through the cloud cover even in cold, dreary winters, exposing your risk of exposure. Therefore, it is important to apply sun screen throughout the year.
Change out of wet clothes quickly
Wearing wet clothes and shoes can irritate your skin even more, by causing dryness and itchiness.
Drink plenty of water
Our skin directly reflects dehydration by looking sallow and flaky. Drinking the right amount of water can make the skin look healthier and radiant, which is why it is important to stay hydrated throughout the year.
Take care of your diet
According to the dermatologists, intake food or supplements that contain Omega-3 or Omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil helps heal dry and irritated skin.