Keep Your Skin Healthy And Hydrated This Winter
- Pay attention to the active ingredients in your moisturizers.
While it may be tempting, don’t choose your moisturizers based on smell or packaging. A delicious smelling moisturizer isn’t necessarily going to be the best solution for dry winter skin. Ensure you are doing you research and reading product labels before purchasing. Moisturizers that contain humectants, such as glycerin, will attract moisture into the skin effectively. Humectants are substances that help the skin retain water.
- Change your facial cleansing routine.
Gel to foam cleansers are a popular choice amongst consumers, lots of people enjoy the feeling of working up a nice lather on their face, leaving in clean and fresh. However, switching to a oil or cream based cleanser in the dry, cold winter months may be a good choice for people with dry skin. Winds and cold weather can cause skin to become irritated and dry. Oil or cream based cleansers are great options for this season, they still remove dirt and impurities but also infuse your skin with that much needed extra moisture for the winter months.
We all enjoy a nice, hot shower or bath on a cold day. However, this can be drying and irritating to your skin. Heat from the shower makes the skin’s oils soften, and adding in shower gel or soaps will cleanse and further strip oils from the skin. The hotter the water = the more moisture lost. Keeping your showers shorter and/or at a lower temperature will help your skin retain moisture. Moisturizing after a shower will also help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
- Exfoliate gently.
It is important to exfoliate skin on a regular basis, however some exfoliating products can be particularly irritating in the winter. Hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acids, are good active ingredients that gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. The removal of these dead skin cells on the surface of your skin will keep skin looking vibrant and healthy.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen !
If you have put away your sunscreen for the season, it’s time to take it back out of the cupboard. UV radiation is present all year round, and this is the number one factor that contributes to premature aging of the skin. UVA radiation is the weaker, longer wave of radiation (in comparison to the stronger, shorter wave of UVB radiation) and has the ability to penetrate through clouds, water and even glass. Another factor that people often forget about is the reflecting ability of UV radiation. Although you cannot feel the heat in the winter months, UV radiation is there and has the ability to reflect of multiple surfaces and harm your skin.