Do You Get Winter Skin?
On average, a person loses more than 25% of its ability to hold moisture in the winter. Cold and dry air outside (lack of humidity) causes the water in your skin to evaporate more quickly. This can result in skin that feels dry and tight and can cause flaking and itching. But all is not loss; there are 5 things that you can do to help your skin look its best during the winter.
- Wear Protective Clothing- You can help shield your skin from the elements of winter by wearing protective clothing, such as gloves, scarves and hats. Avoid wool gloves as they may be an irritant to your skin.
- Moisturize- You may not feel that you need to moisturize in the winter, after all you will be covered up in winter clothing that will protect your skin. However, winter weather can still wreak havoc on your skin causing it to be dry and flaky. The best types of moisturizers to use during the winter season are ones that are oil-based rather than water-based. They are thicker and create a protective layer on the skin that will keep moisture in your skin for longer periods of time. For facial applications, remember to use products that contain oils that are “non-clogging", such as avocado oil, primrose oil or almond oil.
- Shorter Showers- Who doesn’t love a hot shower in the winter time? The temperature of the water feels so soothing and relaxing. But actually taking a long and hot shower is stripping your skin’s natural oils. Shorter showers, not to exceed 10 minutes, are ideal. In addition, the water temperature should be warm. After bathing, pat dry (don’t rub) and apply a thick moisturizer immediately.
- Humidifiers- Using a humidifier, at home or in your office, is a great addition in the winter time as it adds moisture to the air. This can help to counteract the effects of using heat. Placing a humidifier in rooms where you spend most of your time will yield the best results.
- Oatmeal is King- Oatmeal is full of vitamins, minerals and lipids that add moisture to benefit the condition of your skin. If utilized in a bath it can also soften and moisturize your skin, which helps lock in moisture and protect skin from exterior irritants.