Cold Weather Skin Tips
Winter is upon us, at least for those of you who don’t live here in Florida. However, even for us Floridians, the cold weather depletes our skin of moisture causing dullness, dryness and even itching.
Luckily, this is an easy problem to solve. Simple adjustments to your skin care routine can help minimize these issues.
Some like it hot – but not your face
Limit your time in the shower and use warm water instead of hot water. If you’re using water that’s too hot, it can wipe out your skin’s natural defenses, making your skin dry out even further.
Ditch the bar
Use a cleanser for your face and a body wash for your body instead of simply using soap all over. Bar soap – even those labeled “facial soap” generally have a higher pH than cleaners made for your face. The higher pH dries out your skin further.
Pat your face and body dry instead of rubbing. When you rub a towel against your face, you can cause irritation and even inflammation.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Add moisturizer to your face and body liberally. If you have very dry skin, this step may need to be repeated two to three times per day.
You must remember that moisturizers do not work by putting water into the skin, but by slowing the water loss. Look for one that is thicker for the winter and doesn’t have thick oils that can clog your pores.
Don’t forget sunscreen
Also remember that sunscreen is still very important in winter months. If you live in a snowy climate, snow can reflect the sun and can leave you with a sunburn just as serious as any you can get in the summer.
Still not convinced? This stat might persuade you: wearing sunscreen can slow the aging process by 24 percent. To ensure you’re maximizing your effort, be sure to use sunscreen on our ears, lips and neck, as these three areas are often neglected.