You may love winters—the chill, the fog and everything, but your skin, not quite. Winters take away the moisture from your skin, leaving them dehydrated and dry. It also results in development of skin rashes and surfacing of underlying conditions such as acne. So, in short, winter is not good news for your skin.
But, there’s a way out. Here are some special tips and tricks for you to prepare your skin for harsh dry conditions of winter.
- Reduce your shower time
Yes, we know you love taking hot showers in winters. But, spending more time under water can dry your skin in the longer term. Therefore, keep a check on your shower time, even if it feels good to take a hot shower.
- Shower with lukewarm water
While we’re talking about showers, another important point to remember is to use lukewarm water. This is because hot water strips your skin of its oils, causing further dryness.
- Moisturize, without fail
Do not forget to use a moisturizer every morning and evening. Moisturizing not only hydrates the skin, but also shields it from harsh winter conditions. It’s easy to skip this as the benefits of moisturizing are not evident. However, trust us when we say that the effects of not using a moisturizer will become visible on your skin quite readily. No matter, if your skin is naturally dry or oily, it needs moisturizing.
- Use creams, not lotion
Creams have a higher moisturizing effect than lotions, and can work as a stronger barrier for loss of skin oils. Therefore, switching from body lotions to creams will be a good idea in the winters.
- Exfoliate regularly
Exfoliation helps remove the dead skin cells exposing healthy cells to oxygen in the air. It also provides the much-needed moisture to your face. In winters, exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week to maintain the suppleness and moisture of your facial skin.
- Wear gloves
Most of us don’t prefer to wear gloves, because well, they prove to be a nuisance when performing day-to-day activities. Agreed. But, you also don’t want chapped skin or fissures on your hands. Therefore, start wearing gloves with the onset of winters, so you don’t have to deal with these problems later.
- Use a lip balm daily
The skin on your lips can also become chapped as it gets deprived of moisture. Use a lip balm throughout the winter to keep your lips soft and healthy, and more so when you step out in the cold.
Skin problems can be a source of massive discomfort in this season. Following these tips can help you prevent them to a large degree.