Even if you live in an area where snowfall is rare, lower temperatures, dry air, and chilly wind can take a toll on your skin during the winter months. Dry, traumatized skin in the winter can lead to eczema flare-ups, flaking skin, and more. Keep reading to find out how to protect your skin from the winter weather.
Keep Making Moisturizer A Priority
Moisturizer should already be a part of your daily skin care routine, but it is extra important in the winter when the air is cold and dry. Be sure to apply moisturizer to your face and neck in the morning and keep lotion ready for your hands and legs. You may also want to use a retinol cream or special moisturizer when going to bed at night.
Remember That Sun Damage Is Still Possible
Cold weather may make sun damage seem far away, but sun damage is still a real possibility in the cold weather, especially if you’re out skiing or snowboarding in high altitude areas. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen when spending time outside this winter to avoid sun damage.
Sleep With A Humidifier
Keeping a humidifier in your bedroom can help your skin stay moist during the cold winter nights.
Bundle Up, But Avoid Coarse Fabrics
Extra layers can help keep moisture in your skin, but avoid coarse fabrics like wool and itchy sweaters. If you’re going to be wearing something that is coarse, layer it over cotton so your skin doesn’t get irritated.
Limit Time In The Hot Water
Hot showers and long baths may be soothing, but they’ll sap the moisture from your skin and your hair—especially during the cold winter months. Keep your showers to 10 minutes a day so that your skin can stay soft and smooth.
The following tips can help you get through the winter months with smooth, happy skin. To learn more about taking care of your skin and looking your best all winter long, schedule a consultation at Riverside Medical Arts where we specialize in dermatology and other cosmetic treatments that can help you look and feel your best.