No doubt about it, winter is harsh on your skin. You may not know that there’s a few things that can make it worse — including those hot showers we savor when the temperatures dip. Here’s five tips for better winter skin.
Toasty indoor temperatures may take the bite out of the chilly weather outside, but warming up next to the fire may do more to your skin then add a rosy glow. Winter can take a toll on your skin and protecting it throughout the colder months is more effort than applying your morning spread of body lotion. This winter, take care of your skin by avoiding (or breaking) these five bad winter skin habits.
Limit Use of Alcohol-Based Products
It’s good to avoid germs by using hand sanitizer, but too much of those alcohol-based products can dehydrate your skin. Limit their use this winter by swapping out products that do not contain alcohol.
Just because the intensity of sun isn’t felt as frequently in the winter, doesn’t mean your skin isn’t being affected by it. Remember to apply your sunscreen and protect your skin from its harmful effects — especially on snow days.
Moisturize Your Kisser
Chapped lips are often a bi-product of cold, wind and indoor heat. Remember to pamper them frequently with a petroleum-based or wax balm to maintain their moisture.
Cool it with Hot Showers and Baths
The winter may seem like the ideal time for a hot soak, but the after effects can leave your skin’s natural oils depleted. Keep your hot water time to a minimum until spring (five to 10 minute showers) and use lukewarm water whenever possible.
Use a Light Moisturizer
You may not realize when the seasons change from hot to cold, so should your daily facial moisturizer. Summer’s lightweight coverage won’t adhere to your skin’s needs during the winter. Instead, swap it out for a cream that is heavier in humectants.