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The winter season can wreak havoc on your skin. If you step outside, the biting wind leaves your skin red and itchy. However, staying indoors with the temperature turned up might make you feel nice and warm, but it will dry your skin out significantly. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking and feeling its best in the coldest season.
This may sound odd for the winter season, but central heating will really dry out your skin. Turn the temperature down and put a sweater on if you are cold. The more moisture there is in the air, the more hydrated your skin will be and the less likely it will be to dry out and get sore.
Although it is cold outside, embracing the great outdoors in the wintertime can do wonders for your skin. Take a bracing walk to get your circulation pumping around your body. Exercise and fresh air are good for you, and this will give your skin a natural glow. There are lots of fun activities you can enjoy outside if you don’t want to go for a walk. Depending on the weather, you could try sledding or take advantage of the open-air ice rinks that pop up all over the place during the holiday season.
It is not so much the cold air or hot central heating that causes your skin to become sore and irritable; quite often, it is going from one to the other frequently that causes the worst problems. Do not leave the house without putting your gloves on as this will create a barrier between your hands and the cold air, leaving the moisture on your hands rather than being carried away by the wind. Always carry a good hand cream in your bag so you can keep your hands moisturized when you are on the move.
Switch to a hydrating face cream, such as this Hydrating Face Moisturizer, to replace the natural oils that are stripped away by the cold air or dry central heating. Don’t forget to use a night serum if you want to take care of any fine lines or wrinkles while you are asleep. This will replace elasticity and keep signs of aging at bay.
Your lips can become dry and cracked in the winter. They don’t contain any oil glands, so they can become more susceptible to dryness than the rest of your skin. Don’t forget to take your lip balm, such as this Organic Anti-Chap Lip Balm when you go out, and treat any cold sores as soon as they arise.
Make sure you drink plenty in the cold weather. This might be easy to remember when it is warm outside, but your body needs hydrating when it is cold outside, too. Keeping your body hydrated will have a positive effect on your skin as it won’t dry from the inside out.
It will be tempting to drink lots of hot drinks, such as tea and coffee, when the weather is cold. This may make you feel warmer, but it won’t do your skin any favors. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it dries out your skin. If you need a hot drink, make sure it is caffeine-free.
The idea of a long soak in the bathtub on a winter’s evening may be your idea of bliss, but your skin won’t agree. A long bath or shower will strip your skin of moisture. To keep your skin hydrated, take a shower of no more than ten minutes in length and use a rich bath oil that will leave a creamy film on your skin. Don’t forget to moisturize your body well after you have finished to put back any natural oils that have been lost in the shower.
Feet can become dry and cracked in the winter and might even be sore to walk on. Buff away any dry skin with a body scrub or pumice stone and use lots of buttery moisturizer on them. Sleeping in socks will trap in the moisture and leave your feet feeling soft and supple.
Although the winter can be cruel to your skin, there are lots of things you can do to reduce the problem. Follow these tips for soft dewy skin all year-round and you will reduce soreness and itching as well as any signs of aging.