Get to know the essential skin care tips you can use this winter season by reading the list below.
In this article:
- Stay Hydrated
- Take Lukewarm Showers
- Wear Sunscreen
- Try Natural Ingredients
- Take Care of Your Hands and Feet
- Carry Your Lip Balm Everywhere
- Avoid Exfoliating Too Much
- Remove Wet Clothes As Soon As Possible
- Don’t Skip on Your Daily Skin Care Routine
- Eat Healthy
- Limit Alcohol and Caffeine
- Avoid Skin Irritants
- Wear UV-Protected Sunglasses
How To Take Care Of Your Skin | 15 Must-Try Skin Care Tips For Winter
1. Stay Hydrated
One of the tips for healthy skin this winter season is to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water regardless if you’re indoors or outdoors. You have to know that the air is dried in this season so the water easily evaporates from your body. So this winter season, thirst shouldn’t be your basis in drinking water. Aside from drinking plenty of water, here are the other ways on how to stay hydrated during the winter season:
- Consider getting a humidifier at home. It will help add moisture to the air to protect your skin from extreme dryness.
- Eat watery foods such as soups. Avoid the salty ones for these promote dryness as they dehydrate the skin.
- Get enough foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids. These will help prevent your skin from dryness and chronic skin conditions such as eczema.
Moisturizing day and night is a practice a good skin care regimen has. After you wash your face in the morning, slather on moisturizer to give your skin a hydration boost it needs. Do the same at night before you go to bed. Make sure to slather it both on your face and your body.
3. Take Lukewarm Showers
Lukewarm showers are another treat you can give your skin this winter. Just remember to stick to lukewarm instead of hot showers because this can cause winter eczema and cracks on your skin. Also, since the air is drier at this time of the year, apply a moisturizer on your skin immediately after you step out of the shower. If you don’t do this, your skin will quickly dry and irritation may occur as well.
4. Wear Sunscreen
One of the misconceptions about sunscreen is you just need it when it’s hot. During winter, the UVA is still present and it can burn and damage your skin. So, be sure to wear sunscreen and apply it on all the exposed parts of your body before going outside.
5. Try Natural Ingredients
Chemical-laden skin care products often cause irritation and worsen your skin condition. Aside from these, they strip the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Avoid these, especially during the winter season to help take good care of your skin. Look for organic skin care products that contain the following natural ingredients to help maintain the skin’s moisture levels:
- Aloe Vera
- Jojoba Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Vitamin E
6. Take Care of Your Hands and Feet
Your hands and feet have thin layers of skin and have fewer oil glands. Take care of these by applying moisturizer and wearing wool gloves and socks after. If you’re allergic to wool, you can wear cotton gloves first and then wear the wool gloves on top of it. As for the feet, you can also apply petroleum jelly on it to get rid of dead skin cells so it will be easier for it to absorb moisture.
7. Carry Your Lip Balm Everywhere
Inside or outside the house, have your lip balm ready with you. Don’t give this cold season a chance to burn your lips to dryness. Opt for the lip balm that has at least one of the natural ingredients listed above to hydrate your lips. To further protect your lips from getting windburned, avoid matte lipsticks this season. Other ways to protect your lips are the following:
- Apply vitamin E oil to further hydrate your lips.
- Gently brush your lips with a toothbrush 2-3 times a week. Do this to exfoliate the dead skin cells and for your lips to better absorb moisture.
- Try applying ghee or unsalted butter to your lips too to prevent it from dryness.
8. Avoid Exfoliating Too Much
Your skin gets a little extra sensitive during the winter season, so be sure to not scrub and exfoliate it too much. The recommended cadence is once a week, especially if you have oily skin. If you have dry skin, try not to exfoliate at all this season and just stick to cleansing and moisturizing your skin.
9. Remove Wet Clothes As Soon As Possible
While it’s okay to play outside and enjoy the snow, it’s not okay to wear wet clothes for too long. What it can do is cause unnecessary irritation and itchiness on your skin. Be sure to remove your wet socks, gloves, and pants as soon as you can and bring a change of dry clothes to change into.
Even if it’s tempting to just curl up in bed and get cozy all day, try to do some physical activities at least 2-3 times a week. Doing this can cleanse your skin and flush out toxins to keep your body healthy.
11. Don’t Skip on Your Daily Skin Care Routine
If you think your skin will be fine during the cold season, then you have it all wrong. Just because you don’t get all sweaty and oily doesn’t mean you can take your skin care routine for granted. It’s actually during this season that you have to take extra precaution in taking care of your skin. So, what you must do is continue your daily skincare routine. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, as long as you’re doing the basic care daily. Here’s a guide you can follow:
- Cleanse your skin in the morning and at night.
- Apply a serum with antioxidant properties.
- Apply a light moisturizer on your face after washing it to lock in moisture. Apply it without entirely drying your skin with a face towel.
- Wear sunscreen with SPF 15+.
- Use an overnight moisturizing cream at night to boost skin hydration.
12. Eat Healthy
Nourish your skin by eating healthy foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants. These are the best type of skin foods that can make your skin healthy and glowing in this season. Here are some of the foods you can indulge yourself with:
- Brown rice
- Olive oil
- Pumpkin seeds
13. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine
A cup of coffee in a chilly morning is fine. Just be sure to consume caffeine moderately. The same goes for a glass of vodka at night. Overconsumption of alcohol and caffeine can cause dryness that results to flaky skin.
14. Avoid Skin Irritants
Winter skin is fragile skin, so avoid anything that can cause irritation to it, especially if you have eczema or psoriasis. Again if you’re allergic to a certain type of fabric, always opt for winter wear that’s made from high-grade wool, synthetic wool, or quality cotton.
15. Wear UV-Protected Sunglasses
If it’s hot outside, wear UV-protected sunglasses. Even if it’s winter, your eyes and skin need protection from the snow glare and the harmful rays of the sun. Aside from wearing sunscreen, be sure to have these glasses to prevent the skin around your eyes from premature aging such as wrinkles and irregular pigmentation.
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These healthy skin care tips are what you need to get through the winter season. Try all these and prevent your skin from extreme dryness that the cold air can cause. Lastly, while these skin care tips are helpful, be sure to check with your dermatologist regularly to better assist you on your skin care needs.
Do you have other skin care tips for the winter season you’d like to share with us? Feel free to tell us in the comments section below!