Small wonder, everyone wants to have beautiful skin. But in the winter when the weather is cold and dry your skin could get very dry, flaky, and irritated. So, how can you keep your skin beautiful even when the weather is cold and dry? Here are some tips that will help you combat winter’s effect on your skin.
- When you are having your morning or evening bath, you should use a gentle cleanser that is formulated for dry or sensitive skin.
- Pat your face instead of rubbing it when you finish washing up.
- When moisturizing, use an oil free lotion made especially for dry skin. Apply this several times throughout the day.
- If you are out in the windy, wintry weather for a long time, protect your face with a scarf.
- Try to avoid hot water when washing up because it will dry your skin.
- When applying sunscreen, use one that is made especially for sensitive or dry skin.
- Get plenty of vitamin C in your diet.
- Avoid smoking because it can harm your skin.
- Keep yourself well wrapped up to avoid the cold wind damaging your skin.
Change Your Products with the Season
When the seasons change, it is time to change your skin care products. Pay attention to the seasons when selecting cosmetics for your skin to ensure your skin gets what it needs.
When winter arrives, our body’s sebaceous glands produce less oil because of cold weather and dry air indoors, which can lead to skin dryness. It is important that you use a moisturizing lotion that will keep the skin moist regardless of the outside temperature. Consider making the following additions/changes to your skin care products:
- Use a creamier cleanser.
- Incorporate a heavier moisturizer.
- Add in a moisturizing toner.
- Search for an age appropriate serum.
- Don’t forget lip balm!
- Try gentle exfoliators.
Be mindful of your diet
Your diet may have a significant impact on your skin. Without the proper nutrients, your body and skin can be subject to many issues such as acne and dryness.
Drink Lots of Water
Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated which will ensure that your body gets rid of toxins through urine and sweat rather than having them deposited in the pores.
Eat the Right Nutrients
Skin nutrients provide your skin with micronutrients that prevent deterioration of the epidermis, which in turn reduces wrinkles and delays skin aging. There are three types of skin nutrients, which are micronutrients (antioxidants), antioxidants and growth factors.
In addition to preventing wrinkles and reducing signs of aging, when taken orally, antioxidants protect cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals due to pollution, excessive sun exposure and UV radiation. In this way, skin nutrients help prevent skin cancer and will even reverse some of its effects.
Also, antioxidants help the body eliminate toxins from the system and stimulate cellular metabolism, which helps prevent a decrease in collagen production, another cause of skin aging.
For optimal skin health, it’s important to look for foods rich in key nutrients. The most important vitamins for skin health are Vitamins A, C, and E. Consult with your dermatologist to get more information on how to improve your intake.
Protect Your Skin from Dramatic Temperature Swings
The frosty winter air can wreak havoc on your skin. Chapped lips, dry hands, and even a sunburn from the extra hours you’re spending outdoors are all common complaints as we head into winter. But before you take drastic measures and lock yourself indoors, consider these tips:
- Avoid hot showers.
- Wear loose clothes.
- Remember your gloves, hat, and scarf.
- Don’t turn the heat too high.
- Use a humidifier.
Schedule a Consultation So We Can Help You with Your Skin
In winter, it’s easy to get down about your appearance. Between dry skin and flaky lips, you might find yourself at a loss for how to improve your complexion. But before you resign yourself to a regimen of cocoa butter and endless moisturizing, consider scheduling a consultation with us!
We can help you work through any skincare issues you’re having during the winter, and you can feel confident about your complexion.
Learn more by contacting Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 682-4715 today!