How to Deal with Dry Winter Skin
In the winter, your skin may get very dry, to the point of being uncomfortable. Early in October, I started to feel the effects of the chilly temperature. It typically doesn’t bother me as much as it does this year, but I’m having a hard time dealing with it. My lips were sore and chapped, and I had to switch to a new daily face cleanser formula since my existing cleanser’s exfoliating particles were aggravating my skin. My cheeks heated and became crimson. I’ll have to cut down on my daily exfoliation to once a week. My hands and feet got really dry as well.
Winter, oh, winter. It may be both calm and harsh at the same time. Indoors, you’re treated to dry heat, while outside, you’re vulnerable to harsh winter UV rays from the sun as well as chilly winds. Yes, the sun’s rays are just as deadly in the winter as they are in the summer, and they will reflect off any icy surfaces, rebounding back upon you. You’ll need a nice face moisturiser that has SPF.
Here are some additional suggestions for dealing with dry winter skin:
- Apply a lip balm (ideally with SPF) and avoid licking your lips at all costs. That just adds to the problem.
- Use an excellent quality hand cream to keep your hands hydrated. Make sure you always have a tube of hand cream on you.
- Drink lots of water and keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum. Alcohol dehydrates the body.
- If you don’t already have one, invest in one. It may also help you save money on your heating expenses. The whole heat and humidity stuff, you know. Consider the Amazon jungle.
- It’s a good idea to use a shower filter. Your tap water will be filtered to remove the skin-drying chlorine. Even if it feels great on a chilly winter morning, avoid using hot water in the shower. It will just deplete your skin’s natural oils and speed up the evaporation of water. Only should be washed in warm water. Switching from soap, which may dry out your skin, to a smooth body wash, which can assist your skin to retain moisture, is also a good idea. When you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it. While your skin is still wet, use a light moisturiser to help lock in moisture.
You’ll need to pay even more attention to your moisturising regimen when the humidity decreases to 50% or less. Avoid using abrasive scrubs or cleansers, since they will remove the majority of your skin’s oils and cause your skin to dry out more quickly. This is true for both skincare and cleaning goods.
My favourite winter skin care advice is to apply a thick, rich moisturiser on your feet before going to bed, focusing on the heel area. Then slip on a pair of soft socks. Your feet will be soft, smooth, and well-hydrated when you wake up.
Ignoring very dry skin may cause health problems and serve as a breeding ground for rashes and skin infections. So take care of your skin and have fun this winter!