How to Save Your Skin in Winter

How to Save Your Skin in Winter

With the winter season, people can find their skin becoming drier and more sensitive. But what can you do about it? How can you protect your skin as the weather becomes colder? Take a look and see how you can help your skin this winter.

1) Understand the effects of winter on your skin

Winter skincare

When the humidity and temperatures drop, the moisture in the skin can be removed, leaving it dry. This doesn’t just happen outside, but dry air indoors can dehydrate the skin too. The colder weather also causes our blood vessels to contract as a way to preserve heat, and this can reduce the access the skin has to things in the body, such as oxygen.

2) The importance of moisturising

Using a moisturiser is a great way to hydrate your skin, and can help to reduce dryness. This is because it not only prevents moisture from leaving the skin but also puts moisture back in. It is recommended that, during the winter, you use a moisturiser every day to help reduce dryness. If you use a moisturiser on wet or damp skin, it can help to lock in the moisture.

Some moisturisers contain an SPF, which can also help to protect your skin from the sun.

3) Tips for choosing the right moisturiser

The type of moisturiser that suits you will depend on your skin. For example, moisturisers with no lanolin or fragrance are better for sensitive skin, whereas people who are more likely to have breakouts may prefer ones that aren’t oil or petroleum based. 

WInter moisturiser

Moisturisers also come in a range of thicknesses. Creams and ointments are thicker than gels and lotions and are ideal for people with drier skin. Gels, which are lighter, can be better for people with oily skin to help moisturise the skin without clogging up pores too much.

Some products will work better than others, and there are plenty of options to find the skincare solution that works for you and your skin.

4) The benefits of using a humidifier

The dropping temperature isn’t the only thing that can cause dry skin. If the air in a room is dry, it can take the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dehydrated. Central heating can make the air in a room dry too, meaning it can even impact your skin indoors. Using a humidifier releases moisture back into the air, which in turn can help to rehydrate dry skin. It can also help with chapped lips.

5) How to protect your skin from the harsh winter wind

Protect skin

To help protect your body from the wind, you can wear layers of clothing, which will also help to keep you warm. However, the fabric of the clothes should be ones that do not irritate your skin. You can also use petroleum-based lip balms to help prevent your lips from drying out, and you can cover your face to reduce the impact.

6) The benefits of exfoliating

Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent the pores from becoming clogged. This can also make moisturisers more effective because of the removal of dead skin, allowing the moisturiser to affect the living cells more. Not only that, but exfoliating can also help with oil build-up in the skin. However, try not to over-exfoliate, as this can cause irritation.

7) How to prevent chapped lips

Prevent chapped lips

As the skin on the lips is delicate, it is important to keep them hydrated. Applying a lip balm that doesn’t irritate the skin can reduce the dryness of lips if they are already chapped, and can help to prevent them from becoming dry going forward. Lip balms can contain an SPF, so you can find one that will also protect your lips from the sun. Also, try not to lick your lips, as this can remove moisture and cause them to crack.

8) The importance of staying hydrated

Hydration is not just important during the summer months. Drinking water not only hydrates you, but it also helps your skin, which can help to reduce dryness. This doesn’t just have to be cold water. You can also stay hydrated by drinking warmer drinks such as herbal teas or having foods that contain high levels of moisture such as soup. Hydration can also help elsewhere in the body, such as the immune system.

You can also hydrate the skin using skin boosters, which can reduce wrinkles and help with dry skin.

9) How to protect your skin from the sun

Winter Sun protect skin

Even in the winter, the sun has an impact on your skin, and not just if the sunlight hits you directly. If you live somewhere that gets snow, the glare of the sunlight from the snow can also cause damage. It can result in skin cancer or premature ageing. To help protect your skin from the UV rays, you can wear suncream or a moisturiser with an SPF if you are spending elongated periods of time outside.

10) Tips for maintaining a healthy skincare routine

There are a range of things you can do to help your skin, along with using moisturisers and keeping hydrated. When taking showers, use warm water instead of hot water to prevent your skin from drying out. Also, the changing season doesn’t mean you have to completely change your usual skincare routine. You may need to find gentler products for your skin to reduce irritation or use different moisturisers. Find the routine that works for your skin. 

Protecting your skin is a great way to reduce dryness and irritation in the winter months, and can be easily incorporated into your regular skincare routine. Use these simple solutions to help your skin stay hydrated this winter.