Problem: Winter Weather
As the temperature and humidity levels drop, it leaves the winter air cold and dry. These conditions make the water on your skin evaporate more quickly causing it to feel dry, tight and chapped. Research shows that your skin loses more than 25% of its ability to hold moisture in the winter months.
Protect your skin from the harsh winter conditions! Wear gloves and scarfs to create a barrier that will shield your skin from the cold, dry air.
Problem: Indoor Heating
Winter air is already dry, so adding indoor heating leaves it even more parched! Dry indoor air not only dries out your skin, but it also cracks and damages your protective skin barrier.
Use a humidifier! Humidifiers replenish the moisture in the air that gets sucked out by indoor heating. Replacing the dry air with moisture will help to keep your skin hydrated. Also, refrain from setting your indoor heating to the highest temperature. Try setting your heater to the lowest comfortable setting which will help limit the amount of moisture lost.
Problem: Not Using Moisturizer
People often assume that because their skin is covered up in the winter, it is not as important to moisturize. While in actual fact, moisturizing is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer.
Apply an oil based (avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil) moisturizer regularly, especially after showering, before going outside and before going to bed. This will help lock in the moisture and prevent dehydration.
Problem: Frequent Hand Washing
Although it is very important to keep your hands clean, frequent hand washing and sanitizing can lead to dry, chapped hands. The wet-dry, wet-dry, wet-dry cycle sucks the moisture right out of your skin!
Carry your own moisturizing hand soap or alcohol-free hand sanitizer. Apply moisturizer immediately after washing your hands. When doing the dishes or working around the house, wear gloves to protect your skin.
Problem: Not Using Sunscreen
Don’t be misled by the colder temperatures. The sun’s harmful rays are just as strong in the winter months, particularly UVA rays. UVA radiation reaches deeper into the skin and contributes to premature aging and skin cancer. If you are someone who likes to enjoy winter activities, it is important to realize that snow nearly doubles your exposure to UVA rays!
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen on your face, neck and ears about 30 minutes before going outside. An easy way to ensure you’re protected is use a moisturizer with SPF in it! Apply daily so you are always protected!
Since you don’t sweat as much in the cold winter months, you might find yourself not being as thirsty. However, even though you are not sweating, the cold dry air is still constantly pulling moisture out of your skin. Not drinking enough water causes your body and your skin to become dehydrated.
Hydration starts from the inside out! Make sure you are getting plenty of water in the wintertime. If the weather outside is really frigid, try hot water with lemon!