We work hard year-round to keep our skin healthy: hydrated, protected and cared for. But, when "old man winter" rolls around, our skin is often the first to take the hit.
Frigid temperatures, dry air and cold winds can wreak havoc on even the best skin. If this isn’t enough, we also have to combat the extra heat indoors! All of this results in the “glow of winter," often taking the form of rosy cheeks, cracked lips and dry skin.
Save yourself from turning into a rough snow monster this year. We have put together a list of tips that will help you to keep your skin healthy and happy during this skin-zapping season and get you back to enjoying the holidays – and all of those other good things that winter has to offer!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Winter weather zaps any and all moisture right out of our body. It leaves our skin feeling rough, dry and cracked. Obviously, your skin is going to need some extra care and moisture to help it survive winter unscathed. One of the best ways to get the most out of your moisturizer is to apply it immediately after you take a shower. Applying moisturizer to damp skin helps it to soak in better. Applying moisturizer at night is also another great option.
Moisturize while you shave with this DIY hydrating shaving cream recipe.
Avoid Wet Gear
While it’s almost impossible to stay completely dry this time of year, it's important that you try to avoid staying in your wet gear, especially socks and gloves, for longer than necessary. Wet gloves and socks can cause your skin to itch and become irritated. It can also cause cracking, sores, and additional problems such as eczema. Sidestep many of these problems by changing out your socks and gloves whenever they get wet.
Invest in a Humidifier
While winter can be a wet time of year, you also have to take into account the additional heat that is cranked up while indoors in the winter season. Indoor heating dries the home and workplace out, and dry air can quickly dehydrate your skin, too. Adding a humidifier into your home or office space can help to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
Finally, be sure to keep yourself well-hydrated! Winter is a great time for special, spiced drinks, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo the water. Drinking plenty of water will keep you – and your skin – healthy and happy this winter.