The cold winter days are upon us. I am super excited about the holidays and spending time with my family – but much less so about terribly dry winter skin! I know I am not the only with this problem during this season. We tend to do less to take care of our skin in the winter months – probably because our skin is less exposed. However, remember that it is just as important to take care of your skin in the winter as it is any other season. Here are some tips on just how to do that in the coming months:
Get a Different Moisturizer
You may have found that your favorite moisturizer that works wonders in the summer, spring and fall just isn’t doing the job once the weather conditions change to cold with a chance of freezing! You’ll need to change it up for a few months. Find a moisturizer that is “oil based” rather than “water based” as the oil will create a protective layer on your skin and may help protect it from the harsh cold weather. Try to look for non clogging oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose, and almond oil. Avoid shea oil and any type of butters; those work wonders on the body but will only sit on top of the skin on your face and clog your pores.
This may come as a surprise, but sunscreen isn’t just for the summertime. Winter sun combined with snow glare can still cause plenty of damage to your skin. The most important places to apply sunscreen during these cold months are the face, neck, and hands as they are the most exposed during that time. It’s been said that one can tell a person’s real age women in particular) by looking at her neck and hands, so be advised — take care of these delicate spots!
Give Your Hands a Hand
The thinnest skin on our body is on our hands, therefore it needs the most attention during this time. Hands are often exposed to the cold and need to be very well taken care of to avoid dryness and itchiness. Make sure you are moisturizing as much as you can and wear gloves when you are outside; doing both will help keep your hands hydrated and keep your skin from cracking.
Heating systems and space heaters blast really hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers help put moisture back into the air which can help prevent your skin from drying out. Place humidifiers throughout your home to help disperse moisture into the air throughout and combat dryness.
Don’t Forget Your Feet!
How about those feet? Look for lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin to moisturize dry, cracked, and scaly feet. Also, exfoliate the feet the same way you would exfoliate your face; a few times a week. Put moisturizer on immediately afterward while pores are open which will help the oils absorb into the skin.
Lastly, if it comes to the point where your skin is just so extremely dry and itchy, try a soothing and calming oatmeal bath with warm water (not too hot… that can make it worse)
Chicago air may be dry and bitter, but you don’t have to be! Stay moisturized this winter and don’t forget, you can take advantage of a little extra healthy glow with an Ortanic custom airbrush tan. I hope to see you soon!
Blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation!