While cozying up this winter can warm your heart and keep your spirits bright, the effects on your skin aren’t so cheery. The combination of searing cold air and moisture-zapping heating systems creates the perfect storm for dry, itchy, painful skin. Learn how to protect yourself against the elements to keep your skin glowing, healthy and pain-free this winter.
Instead of taking a hot shower for a half hour, try using warm water for a maximum of 10 minutes. You’ll minimize the dryness that happens when scalding water sucks the moisture out of your skin. Bonus tip: Blot your skin dry – rather than rubbing – with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately.
Use a Humidifier
Certain heat systems including central heat, wood burning stoves, fireplaces and space heaters can blast away all the moisture in your home’s air. The result can be painful, irritated skin or a sore throat. Use a humidifier in your bedroom or living room to combat dry air.
Part of a good skin care regimen is exfoliation, the removal of the outermost layer of dead cells on your skin. Types include mechanical exfoliation, which uses a physical abrasive to dislodge and remove dead skin cells, and chemical exfoliation, wherein glycolic acids help to detach dead cells. An effective routine will leave your skin glowing and healthy. Read more about exfoliation here.
Get Hands On
Between all the hand sanitizers and extra washings to prevent catching the bug that’s going around, your hands have a tough time weathering winter. Prevent dry, chapped irritation by using only mild cleansers to wash. Avoid alcohol-based hand sanitizers or use a lotion or ointment right after application.