Top 6 Skin Care Tips for Winter
Winter is here, and that means your skin has to put up with the assaults of harsh, cold air outside and sometimes even harsher dry air inside. The good news is, there are several simple but important things you can do to provide your skin with the special care it needs throughout the winter season. Here are six tips for winter skin care to help you look and feel your best, no matter what the weather brings:
- Wear sunblock. Yes, sunblock. Too many people think sunscreen is just for summer weather when the sun is at its hottest. But it’s not the heat that’s damaging your skin and causing it to age prematurely – it’s the UVA and UVB rays that are beating down all year ’round. Those rays penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin, causing unseen damage that’s ready to spring forward later in the form of wrinkles, sunspots and uneven texture and tone. So before heading out to ski, skate or snowboard – or for any outdoor activity – slather on the sunscreen for maximum protection.
- Keep skin hydrated. One of the best ways to protect your skin during winter weather is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to hydrate your skin from the inside. Water helps plump up skin cells so they look firmer and more resilient, plus it serves as a conduit for important nutrients. Fluids also help flush out toxins that can harm skin and make it appear worn and haggard. So drink up! (Added bonus: If you get your water from the tap, winter weather tends to make tap water colder so you may not even need to refrigerate your supply to get the cool, clear sensation.)
- Use plenty of moisturizers. Over-the-counter moisturizing products like those from Eucerin and Aveeno provide your skin with that extra layer of protection that helps lock in the skin’s natural oils and emollients, plus it can help you avoid itchy and rough skin that tends to crop up during winter. When skin has the moisture it needs, it can form a better barrier against toxins and pollutants so it stays looking healthy and fresh.
- Take oral antioxidants. Both Heliocare and resveratrol supplements contain powerful antioxidants that can help prevent damage caused by free radicals. Taking oral supplements helps you protect your skin from the inside, where the damage from free radicals occurs. The primary ingredient in Heliocare is derived from a fern native to Central and South America, while resveratrol is found in red grapes and Japanese knotweed. Both should be used in combination with sunscreen, not as a replacement.
- Skip the hot showers. Yes, they’re relaxing and they warm you all over, but they also draw natural oils out of your skin, causing it to become dehydrated more quickly and exposing skin structures to potential damage caused by dry air. Take shorter showers with warm water and your skin will reward you with a more supple, softer texture.
- Minimize your use of astringents. While they may be helpful during the hot days of summer, during winter, astringents can deplete your skin of natural oils, resulting in rough, itchy or red patches of skin. Go lightly on astringents while the weather is cold and the air is dry.
Follow these six, simple skin care tips and your skin will be radiant and ready when springtime rolls around. In the meantime, you’ll enjoy skin that’s softer, more resilient and less itchy!