10 Tips on how to care about your skin in the winter
Winter. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, get into that Christmas mood or just get excited about the end of another year and the start of a new, fresh one. Alas, ‘tis also the season of harsh, cold weather, at least, in the places where global warming has not turned seasons upside down. Winter is rough on the skin, so here are ten tips on how to avoid the worse effects of it.
1. Lock in the moisture
The biggest problem with cold weather is that it dries the skin something awful. That’s especially bad if your skin is by nature dry. So, don’t go out without a moisturising cream on your face and hands. Hands suffer even more than the face in cold weather, so take care of them to avoid that nasty tight feeling and cracking.
2. Avoid soap
Soaps and cleansing products containing alcohol tend to worsen the dryness, so avoid these and opt for alcohol-free products and no-soap cleansers, especially, for your hands. And don’t forget the moisturising lotion after washing.
3. Forget the hot shower
Yes, it probably sounds painful – there’s nothing like a hot shower or a hot tub after a freezing trip from work to home. But hot water unfortunately dries up the skin, so try to minimise your exposure to it as much as possible. Alternatively, add a couple of whole fat milk to your hot tub to prevent your skin from losing moisture.
4. Fish and nuts
Fish, especially fatty fish and nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help your skin stay soft and moisturised. Try to eat more of these foods in the winter to curb the adverse effects of the weather on your face and body. Besides, they’re good for you all over, that should be motivational enough.
Winter sunburns can be much, much worse than getting sunburned in the summer. That’s because snow reflects the sunlight and amplifies its effects on the skin. So, if you live in an area where snowing is frequent and heavy, don’t leave the house without putting sunscreen on your face.
6. Olive oil hair mask
The face and hands aren’t the only body parts that suffer in the cold. The scalp is particularly vulnerable to irritations and drying up, because of the hats we wear in winter. Make yourself an olive oil mask once a week. Simply rub some olive oil (or coconut oil) into your scalp and hair, and leave it for half an hour. It would take some washing afterwards, but it would soothe your irritated dry skin.
7. Use a humidifier
Winter comes and the heating is on. But most types of heating solutions invariably dry the air in your house and office. Needless to say, this does nothing good for your skin. Make an investment in a humidifier to minimise the effects of this dry air, it will be worth it.
8. Drink more water
Even if you drink normal quantities of water, increase your intake during winter to help fight the drying effect of the cold weather. Water boosts the hydration in your body, skin included, so don’t let yourself (and your skin) go thirsty. Incidentally, cut down on coffee – it’s a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates you.
9. Honey up
Honey is a natural moisture “locker”, so aid your daily efforts in skin hydration with a once-a-week face mask with honey. If you have developed any irritations because of the cold, honey will soothe these too. Just make sure it is pure honey, not a glucose product.
10. No licking
It’s an instinctive reaction to run your tongue over your lips when you feel they’re dry. And there’s nothing worse than this in the cold. Licking your lips will only make them drier as you have no doubt already found out. So, keep a lip balm handy at all times to avoid chapped, cracked lips. It really hurts when that happens, doesn’t it?
Do you have your own winter skin care tips to share?