When the weather outside is frightful, your skin can end up looking and feeling that way too! Dry winter skin can happen because air pulls the moisture away from skin, tightening your skin cells and weakening your protective barrier. Here are five easy tips to get restored skin – even in a winter wonderland:
DO NOT OVERHEAT.
When it is cold outside, there is nothing like returning to a warm, cozy home, but heating also removes moisture from the indoors, depriving your skin of the important hydration that it needs to function properly. To minimise dry skin in winter, keep the temperature comfortable, but not too hot for too long. Also, use a humidifier in your bedroom to replace lost indoor moisture.
WEAR SUNSCREEN IN WINTER.
Most people think of sunscreen as a “summer only” skin care product, but it can protect your skin from damage all year round. It is still possible to get sunburnt even when it is freezing outside. Also, skin damaging UV radiation can be even more intense at high altitudes, so be sure to protect skin properly during winter activities like hiking.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR HANDS.
The skin on your hands is thinner than the skin elsewhere on your body. Because hands are almost always exposed (and because dry winter air pulls moisture away from skin), our hands are one of the first areas to show skin damage and dryness. In winter, protect your hands by wearing gloves when you’re spending time outside and keep a moisturising hand cream in your bag or on your desk at work.
AVOID WOOL AND OTHER IRRITATING MATERIALS.
Dry winter skin is bad enough. But wearing certain kinds of clothing over dry, sensitive skin can actually make you feel itchier. Avoid less breathable synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester and rayon. The primary itchy fabric to avoid, however, is wool. Its short, coarse fibres will prick at sensitive skin, making it feel even worse. Your best fabric option for itchy skin is cotton. If you really want to wear wool, go with a thinner, less irritating type like merino wool or wear a light cotton layer underneath.
Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise.
During winter, your skin loses moisture at a much faster rate, leading to the weakening of the protective top layer. You may find yourself having to apply a moisturiser more often to maintain the same comfort level. For immediate relief, carry a moisturiser in your bag, and keep skin restored by moisturising after showers and before bed. Using a rich and calming moisturiser
on a regular basis will help to replenish the moisture that winter steals from your skin.
Dry winter skin requires deep restoration that lasts. All Vaseline lotions contain micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly to lock in moisture and keep skin restored.