Winter skin care doesn’t have to be difficult. The weather outside is frightful. Dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin leaving it dry, itchy, and irritated.
Heidi Lavan, one of our master estheticians, offers winter skin care tips to combat dry skin causes and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all winter long.
Winter Skin Care Tips
- Invest in a humidifier – Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom while you sleep.
- Lower the thermostat – When it’s chilly outside, what’s the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool, yet comfortable setting (68°F to 72°F) to maintain healthy skin.
- Skip hot showers – Although it may be tempting to warm up with a long, steamy shower, hot water dries out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Instead, take a 5-10 minute lukewarm shower. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands.
- Choose cleanser wisely – For optimal winter skin care steer clear of regular bar soaps, since they tend to contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, start washing with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser.
- Modify your facial skin care regimen for the season – During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners sparingly. Look for toners that contain little or no alcohol unless your skin is excessively oily. For winter skin care at night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.
- Moisturize frequently – Maintain healthy skin by moisturizing after washing up. It’s best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates.
- Apply sunscreen even in winter – It is still important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays on cold, dreary days in winter. Before going outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.
- Wear appropriate clothing – Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin as they can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy. Wear soft, breathable materials against your skin, and then pull on a warmer sweater. Protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens.
- Eat right and stay hydrated – Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flax seed oil. For the most part it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside.
- Change out of wet clothes quickly – Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. Be sure to remove wet gloves, socks, and pants as soon as possible.