Winter is the time of year where we can look forward to holiday festivities, outdoor activities and cooler weather. Unfortunately, the change in weather can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it itchy, dull, dry and irritated. On the bright side, there are a few steps you can incorporate into your routine to combat the dry winter air.
Here are some skin care hacks you can use to keep your skin feeling moist and fresh all season long.
Avoid Overly Hot Water
This goes for showers, baths and also cleansing your face. While it may be tempting to come home after a long day of enduring abrasive winter temperatures and soak in a hot bath, it might not be in the best interest of your skin. The hot water can strip the natural oils from your skin, leaving it feeling dehydrated and dry. Instead, opt for a warm bath or shower. The skin on your face is more sensitive and should be cleansed with lukewarm water. This will help maintain moisture and natural oils to help your skin feel supple longer.
Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells
Drier air tends to create the need for regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. When it comes to your body, find a gentle exfoliant that will invigorate the skin, taking off any dead skin. A physical exfoliant might be a bit too abrasive to your face during winter months since the weather makes it prone to damage. Instead, opt for using a chemical exfoliant. These can be more gentle at removing dead skin cells than a physical exfoliant.
Use a CBD Oil Topical
This is a good option if you are prone to eczema or irritated skin during the cold weather. Fragile winter skin can easily trigger a flare up when exposed to toxins or allergens. If you are looking for a more natural approach (rather than buying an over the counter steroid cream), a CBD lotion or salve might be the answer for you. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant. While it is commonly linked to anti-anxiety, it also has known benefits for the skin.
When applied the the irritated area, it can help calm any irritation and promote regeneration of healthy skin cells. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a more natural approach to an over-the-counter solution. If you are someone prone to red and itchy skin, a CBD topical is a must-have for the winter season.
Use a Room Humidifier
The amount of water in the air is declines as the air gets cooler. Between the cold weather outside and the heat from the indoors, skin can quickly lose its moisture. To supplement to the natural moisture in the air during more humid months, consider investing in an air humidifier. Letting a humidifier run during the night can help replace moisture and leave skin feeling more hydrated.
Rich Oil-Based Moisturizer
If your current lotion is water-based, consider finding an oil based lotion or cream to use during the winter months. The oil in the cream adds a protective layer to your skin. For best results that last all day long, apply a rich oil-based moisturizer right out of the bath or shower while your skin is still wet. This will help lock in moisture, while adding a protective barrier to avoid damage.
Swap Out Products Containing Alcohol
Many astringents contain alcohol, so consider avoiding these products. While alcohol can serve a purpose in a skin care routine, they may not be so great for the winter season, since alcohol can further dry out skin, and leave it red and itchy. Consider swapping out your astringent for a rich moisturizer or alcohol-free essence.
Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
If you have experienced a snowfall, you are probably aware of how “wet” you can feel afterwards when the snow melts. Your gloves, socks, and scarf are damp after catching a ton of snowflakes. If you are able to change out your gloves and socks before going back into the snow, it’s a good idea. Damp gloves and socks can irritate skin and cause itchiness.
All the things that make winter wonderful can also have a negative effect on your skin. By making a few adjustments to your skincare regimen this season, you can make sure your skin is glowing all winter long.