Taking care of your skin is a must. There’s more to protecting your hair, skin and nails during winter. Cold weather and bitter winds remove moisture from the air, which causes dehydrated, flaky, and tight skin. Dehydration causes the skin to age faster. Here are some helpful tips to protect your skin from winter skin hazards.
There are many different kinds of moisturizers. A winter moisturizer should be oil based rather than water based. The oil creates a protective layer on the skin which retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. However, not all oils are appropriate for the face. Non-clogging oils such as mineral oil, avocado oil, or almond oil are great for the face and help to lock in moisture.
Sunburn can still happen in the winter. Sunscreen is very essential since the winter sun along with the snow glare can damage your skin. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to hands and face daily.
Keeping your home excessively toasty can dry out the skin. Heat blasts hot, dry air throughout our homes and work environment. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air which helps prevent the skin from drying out. Research suggests a temperature of 68˚F is optimal.
It is very easy to become dehydrated in the winter however few can recognize the signs of dehydration. Dehydration is dangerous no matter which season we are in. Sixty percent of a person’s body weight is water and it takes a 1 to 2 percent drop to cause dehydration. Water is vital to our body and its organs. It carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and controls blood pressure. Dehydration causes the skin to become dry and wrinkled.
BATHS AND SHOWERS
A shower can hydrate the skin as long as it is short and warm. Long, hot showers can draw water from the skin leaving it dry and damaged. Lukewarm water is better since it won’t strip away natural oils from the skin. Right after a shower, apply moisturizer to retain the water the skin just absorbed.