How WINTER Causes Hardship for Your SKIN and HANDS
During winter, those chilly conditions outside and full blast heating indoors can leave skin feeling dehydrated.
If you live in a place that experiences cold winters, those wintry walks and spending time in front of warming fire can be among the simple joys of the season BUT cold weather, fierce winds and dry skin can all lead to your skin feeling parched and lackluster.
In addition, dehydrated skin can exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Luckily, we can share with you how you can winter-proof your skin - especially your face and your hands.
How to prevent dry skin in winter
- rough texture
- raw, irritated skin
- cracks in your skin
- stinging or burning
The medical term for dry skin is xerosis
- Moisturize right after washing because every time you wash your face, hands or body, you strip your skin of its natural oils - those same oils that lock in moisture. You can add back with a natural moisturizer, allowing it to absorb quickly into your skin. Simply Face Oil is highly recommended.
- Apply a natural sunscreen when needed as even in winter UVA light can affect your skin's moisture barrier.
- Use overnight treatments to revitalize or prevent dry skin. By applying overnight, your skin will have the time it needs to absorb the treatment while replenishing your skin with the moisture and oils it needs. Simply Skin Vitamin Oil will fill that need.
- Adjust your skin care routine. If the skin on your face seems to be easily irritated, you might be using products that contain fragrance and/or alcohol. Consider changing to a simpler and more natural routine instead.
- What about using a humidifier? These can help to add moisture back into the air, acting as a natural moisturizing agent which, in turn, may prevent and relieve skin dryness. A humidifier setting of 60 percent in winter can replenish moisture in the top layer of your skin.
- Lower the temperature. While a hot shower or bath at the end of a cold winter’s day can feel especially soothing, having a lower temperature will help to keep your skin better nourished as hot water can strip away your skin’s natural oils faster than lukewarm water (which is typically around 98.6°F/37°C), and possibly even cause damage.
- Dry yourself off gently. Take care when you dry your skin (after bathing or showering) to gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel instead of vigorously rubbing. This can allow some of the moisture to hydrate the top layer of your skin.
- Think twice about exfoliants and scrubs if you skin tends to be dry in winter. While these can help remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and keep your skin looking smooth and vibrant, if your skin is cracked, raw or irritated, it may be best to avoid exfoliation until your skin has healed.
- Hydrate from the inside by drinking lots of water as insufficient fluid intake can affect the appearance of your skin and also make it more susceptible to drying out. Eating foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are also helpful in combatting dry skin.
- Opt for non-irritating fabrics as well as avoiding washing your clothing in regular detergents. Look for natural detergents especially formulated for sensitive skin, free of harsh chemicals and fragrances.
A final suggestion
Wear gloves when out and about in the cold weather as these can be the ultimate physical barrier to stop that cold air drying out the skin on your hands. While on the subject of gloves, wear these too when gardening or washing the dishes. Limiting the dry air and hot water that touches your skin can help keep your hands smooth and well hydrated. And keep using Simply Hand Oil for extra prevention.
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