Winter is here, and with it comes colder temperatures and blustery winds, neither of which are good for your skin. And while you may already have a good skin care routine from the summer, it still needs to be adjusted for the winter months to handle the cold and wind. Here are just a few tips to help keep your skin healthy and protected in the winter months:
- Moisturize. This seems obvious, but it’s by far the most important. The wind outside and the heat inside can make your skin uncomfortably dry, so make sure you find a good moisturizer to help keep your skin from drying out as much. And don’t just focus on your face – your hands and neck will also need a helping hand during the winter.
- Stay hydrated. While this may not have a direct effect on your skin, drinking enough fluids will help keep you healthier overall – especially in the winter, when you may be sneezing and sniffling more than usual.
- Cover up. When the temperature starts dropping, make sure you’re keeping yourself covered when you go outside. If it’s especially cold or windy, you’ll want to minimize the amount of exposed skin by bundling up – gloves, a scarf, and a hat or earmuffs can help protect your skin from the wind and cold temperatures.
- Avoid very hot water. While a hot shower or bath can feel great after coming in from the cold, it isn’t doing your skin any favors! The intense heat can actually harm your skin and dry it out, so stick with warm water to keep your skin from losing too much moisture.
- Get a humidifier. Most heating systems dry out the air in your home, so you may want to get a humidifier or two to put some moisture back in the air. This helps your skin and your overall health (dry air is bad for your sinuses, too), so place a few in different parts of your home to help disperse the moisture more evenly.
- Sunscreen! Yes, sunscreen – it’s not just for the summer months. Just because it’s cold and windy outside doesn’t mean that your skin isn’t getting harmful rays from the sun, especially if there’s snow or ice on the ground to reflect the sunlight, so make sure you’re still wearing sunscreen during the day.
Whether you like the colder weather or not, there’s no denying that it can be extremely bad for your skin. But with just a few steps you can help protect your skin while being able to enjoy all your favorite winter activities!