The very texture of your skin changes in response to weather conditions. Those changes are so significant, it’s common to experience an onset of eczema (Wiley).And dry skin is nearly an inevitable issue during this season. However, you can avoid these problems and keep your face glowing with health and beauty if you make a few simple changes to your skincare routine.
Winter Skincare: 4 Essential Tips for Soft Skin
Replace your moisturizer (or get a protective cream)
If you usually use gel-based creams, you might consider switching to a heavier texture when winter arrives. This will help you prevent your skin from getting too dry and sensitive. It will become this way because of exposure to cold, frequent temperature changes, and dry indoor air caused by heating.
However, if your skin is prone to dryness and sensitive already, you might need additional protections. Changing your main moisturizing cream for a heavier version is still a good idea. However, you should also consider getting a specialized protective cream, which you should apply before going outside. At the least, do this on very cold days or when you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.
And don’t forget that your skin will need extra hydration during the day. Therefore, you should have a moisturizing cream on you at all times.
Hydrate from the inside
Using an extra-strength moisturizing cream is only a part of the necessary hydration process for winter. You also need to make sure your body gets enough liquids to keep yourself and your skin in particular healthy. Drinking no less than eight glasses of water a day is one of the essential steps you need to take if you want to look naturally beautiful without makeup. It’s even more important in winter, when indoor heating makes moisture evaporate faster than the summer sun. And staying hydrated will also help strengthen your immunity, which is another factor that will help prevent breakouts on your beautiful face.
Aside from drinking water throughout the day, you should also consider replacing your coffee with tea (preferably green). This antioxidant-rich drink doesn’t have a potent diuretic effect, unlike coffee.Thus, it will help you stay hydrated better.
Invest in a top-quality lip ointment
Lick eczema is one of the more common skin issues that occur during winter. This condition isn’t dangerous, but it’s painful and very unattractive. And the best way to prevent it is to keep your lips coated in a good ointment at all times.
Note that ‘at all times’ means exactly that. You should invest in a tube of good emollient ointment every winter and reapply it as necessary. Be sure to do this before eating acidic foods, like tomatoes or citrus fruits. And don’t skip the chapstick as you’ll need it as an additional layer of protection.
Switch to a more gentle cleanser
Unlike the moisturizing cream, the texture of which you need to ‘upgrade’ during the cold season, the cleanser you use needs to be toned down. Switch to the lightest possible formula. Stick to water-based product only to minimize irritation for your sensitive skin.If you have sensitive and dry skin by default, you should consider skipping cleanser altogether. Stick to toners and oil-based makeup removers. When you have a breakout, you should avoid from rubbing it completely and only splash a bit of water on the problem areas.