Tips for Effective Winter Skin Care

The winter months bring in the snow, ice and chilly winds, sometimes with a vengeance. While the weather is perfect for a hot cup of cocoa and curling up in front of the fire, it can play havoc with your skin. Your regular skin care routine may not be enough to withstand the cold season. A more rigorous regime is in order. Here are a few quick tips that can help keep your skin supple and soft during the winter.

Tip #1 – Be Generous with the Moisturizer

There is nothing quite so unpleasant as dry skin. During the cold months, wash your face with a mild soap. Towel dry immediately and spread a generous amount of moisturizer. Choose cream based moisturizers over lotions, which typically get absorbed into the skin very quickly.

Tip #2 – Use emollients or humectants

Emollient-based creams contain shea butter or petroleum. They are suitable for normal to dry skin and are recommended for use during the day. Humectant based moisturizers contain urea or hyaluronic acid. People with combination or oily skin can use these creams.

Tip  #3 – Keep using sunscreen

If you thought the sun is harsh during the summer, it can be harsher still during the winter months. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or more. Apply it liberally to your hands, face and neck. This will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Tip #4 – Care for your hands and lips

Hands that frequently come in contact with water and detergents are bound to dry eventually, more so during the cold season. As soon as you have rinsed or washed your hands, dry them with a towel and immediately apply an oil-based cream to lock the moisture in. Lips can easily become dry and cracked. Use lip balm containing shea butter and vitamin E at least twice a day.

Tip #5 – Take a quick hot shower

Although slipping into a tub full of hot bubbly water is very relaxing, spending too much time in it can sap your skin of its natural oils, and cause it to dry quicker. Bathe quickly and be sure to use moderately hot water. Dry out with a towel and massage a heavy-duty moisturizer on to your skin.

Aside from this, get a good night’s rest and drink plenty of water to keep your skin fresh and glowing.