10 Ways to Save Your Skin from Winter

Did you know winter can do more damage to your skin than summer? The cold, dry air of winter is particularly harsh on skin. And it’s not just your face you have to protect. Check out these 10 ways to save your skin from winter for glowing skin for the holidays and beyond.

10 Ways to Save Your Skin from Winter

 

  1. Use a “winter” moisturizer. A moisturizer that works great in summer may not be enough to take on icy winter winds. Find a product that is oil-based rather than water-based. Look for one that is labeled “ointment.” Many of these are sold as “night creams.” The oil in these moisturizers provides a protective layer that retains more moisture than a lotion or regular cream. But look carefully at the label. You want non-clogging oil like almond oil, avocado oil, primrose oil, or Shea oil. There are also the “humectants” that attract moisture to your skin. Look for ingredients like glycerin, sorbitol, and alph-hydroxy acids. Try AHAVA Time to Hydrate Night Replenisher for Normal to Dry Skin

Use a night cream in the daytime in winter!

  1. Apply moisturizer to damp skin. You only have a three minute window to lock in moisture according to Jeannette Graf, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. And Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City advises moisturizing with the bathroom door closed. Humectant creams will pull the moisture from the humid bathroom air into your skin.

 

  1. Before applying moisturizer you want to be sure your skin is free of dead cells. They keep moisturizers from sinking in. Try a mild exfoliant with fruit enzymes or a jojoba-bead scrub. Exfoliate a couple of times a week to help your moisturizer work at its best. This is an inexpensive choice – Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Invigorating Daily Scrub

Jojoba bead scrubs help keep skin healthy in winter weather!

  1. Sunscreen is important in winter. The sun, combined with the glare from snow can still damage your skin. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on face and hands (if they’ll be exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. If you’re outdoors for an extended time reapply the sunscreen. For a nice, dry feeling try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen

Snow glare can damage skin; protect it with sunscreen!

  1. The skin on your hands is thinner than most of your body and it has fewer oil glands. This means your hands are particularly susceptible to harsh winter air. We’re all familiar with the itching and cracking that can happen when hands are unprotected. The best thing to do for your hands in winter is to wear gloves. If you have wool gloves, slip a pair of thin cotton ones on first. Wool can scrape and damage the delicate skin of your hands. I like  CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

Delicate skin on hands need protection from harsh winter conditions too!

  1. Wool and synthetic fabrics can rub against and scratch your drier winter skin. Wear cotton fabrics or at least put a thin layer of cotton fabric beneath any wool or synthetics.

 

  1. It’s not just your face and hands that can be affected by the dry winter conditions. Sprays reach the areas that you can’t. Before you step out of the shower, after you turn off the water, you a spray moisturizer to protect the rest of your skin. There are also continuous-spray lotions that even spray when upside down! You can’t beat  Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer, Essential Healing

Use a spray on moisturizer to protect skin from harsh winter weather.

  1. Don’t forget your feet! In winter your feet need petroleum jelly or glycerin lotions. And don’t forget to exfoliate before applying these products. And be sure to avoid having wet socks (and gloves). They can irritate your skin causing itching, cracking, or even flare ups of eczema!  I love Wonder Pedi Soft Moisturizing Foot Cream with Tea Tree Extract Natural Beeswax and Glycerin

Treat your feet right in winter by moisturizing them!

  1. Don’t take super-hot baths or showers. Yes, a long soak in a hot bath in winter feels great but it’s tough on your skin. It breaks down the liquid barrier in your skin and can result in a loss of some moisture. A warm (not hot) bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve dry, itchy winter skin.  This is my favorite winter bath treatment – Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment

Soaking in a warm bath with Aveeno helps protect skin from harsh winter conditions!

  1. Cover up. Just like using a hat to protect your hair, you need to protect your skin. Even if you think it’s not “cold enough” for a scarf, you skin should be shielded from the air. If you’re heading out to play in the snow or even if you don’t get snow in winter, protect your face and hands. Wear gloves and cover much of the delicate skin on your face with a scarf. When you go back inside your moist, glowing skin will be worth it!

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