During winter our complexion turns into a winter landscape of flakes, bumps, and cracks. While there’s not much we can do about brutal weather conditions, here are a few simple ways to combat dry skin:
Avoid hot showers
Although a steamy shower may feel good during winter, dermatologists suggest you avoid it if you have dry skin. Hot showers strip the natural oil barrier, which helps trap moisture and keep your skin smooth and moist, off your body. So, skin care experts recommend short, warm showers that are no longer than 10 minutes. Once you’re done, gently pat dry and moisturize your body.
Switch to a gentle cleanser
As temperatures drop and the atmosphere get dry, your skin often pays the price. It’s important to invest in a gentle cleanser that washes away the dirt and excess oil without stripping necessary oils from your skin to prevent dry, flaky patches on your face. Washing your face with a soap less cleanser is extremely important. Also, dermatologists suggest cleansers with ceramides to help skin hold in moisture. Above all, go easy on toners, peels and other astringents made with alcohol and while exfoliating, it’s important to not scrub your face too hard as it can further irritate the skin.
Embrace a moisturizing routine
The simplest moisturizing products or essential oils such as coconut oil or olive oil can help moisturize your skin. But, if you like extra strength moisturizer, opt for products with ingredients such as shea butter, stearic acid or glycerine, which will help you replenish your skin barrier against the winter storm. Regardless of the products you use, a consistent, smart moisturizing routine helps.
Pamper your body like your face and flaunt silky smooth skin through all seasons!