Here are a few skin care tips from guest blogger, Emma. Keep reading and protect your skin against the harsh, cold weather.
The winter season brings shorter days, chilly weather, and plenty of fun outdoor activities. Unfortunately, all of that skiing, snowman building, and sledding can take its toll on your skin. Harsh winter weather can leave skin red, chapped, and cracked. Those with sensitive skin may even dread the fast-approaching winter weather.
There are, however, a few things you can do to resist and reverse seasonal skin damage. The following tips will help you keep your skin looking its best throughout the fall and winter:
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen:
You may think that sunscreen is only for summer; however, your skin is still susceptible to UVA and UVB rays—even in the dead of winter. Not only do you have the sun overhead, but you also have the glare of sunlight from the snow. This increased exposure can lead to a sunburn. You should apply a small amount of sunscreen to your face, neck, and hands before going outside to prevent burns that can cause premature aging and long-term sun damage.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:
Making sure you hydrate from the inside and outside is essential to keeping your skin healthy. Start by drinking six to eight glasses of water a day. You can use a humidifier to add extra moisture to the air. This helps hydrate your skin from the outside and can even help you breathe easier. You should also apply an all-over body moisturizer immediately after your shower to trap moisture on your skin.
Avoid Products that Over-Dry:
You should consider changing your face and body products during the fall and winter months. For example, you should avoid harsh antibacterial and deodorant-based soaps and products with dyes and perfumes. To prevent drying, switch to natural astringents such as witch hazel or peppermint and lotions with ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal. Never purchase lotions from the drugstore or supermarket unless you’re absolutely sure about the ingredients they contain. While the best products can cost more money, they’re worth it for your skin.
Coupon offers from Discountrue can help you save on skincare products from cosmetics companies like Sephora, so you don’t have to compromise on quality. You should also avoid that extra-long, hot shower. Hot water draws moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving you dry and itchy. Try to use moderate temperature water, and limit showers to about 10 minutes.
Shop at the Farm Supply Store:
Severely dry skin may not respond to traditional lotions. If you have painful cracked skin on your hands and feet, try visiting your local farm supply store. The same udder cream that farmers use on their cattle can be used to heal cracked skin. Just apply a generous amount to the affected area at bedtime and cover with gloves or socks.
Above all, keep your skin moisturized and protected as best you can. Cold weather can be harsh on skin, but with these tips you can keep a radiant, healthy glow in your skin all year long.
About the Author
Emma is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2
I’ve been using organic coconut oil to keep my skin radiant and it worked throughout the summer. I’ll keep applying it throughout the winter and see if it can keep up. Do you have a good skin care tip for the winter?