It’s no surprise that winter is tough on your skin: It’s your first shield against frigid temps, icy precipitation and everything in between.
For many, winter is a wash as far as skin improvements go. Why bother making things better if even dermal normalcy is hard to come by during this time? However, you can take a few steps to make sure your skin looks better than ever during winter and beyond.
Here are five ways to restore your skin during the cold season:
- Moisturize Right
Obviously, cold temperatures dry out your skin. It’s your job to soothe flaky, cracking patches with moisturizer.
First, make sure you’ve chosen one suited to your particular skin type and needs. Typically, an oil-based cleanser will be the most appropriate and moisturizing option. Most moisturizer users prefer natural ingredients in their lotions too, so nourishment comes naturally and sustainably. This is a real concern, since some moisturizers make skin even drier in the long run.
- Cold, Don’t Scald
Hot, hot water feels really, really good in the middle of winter. However, hot water can whisk away your body’s natural oils, which keep skin supple. In order to avoid drying your skin with long turns in steamy showers, turn the temperature down to lukewarm. You should also try and hop out after 5 to 10 minutes under the showerhead.
- Don’t Skip the SPF
It might not be the middle of summer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see the sun in winter. Much to the contrary, you’ll see the sun and probably forget its negative side effects because you’re so happy to have a break from gray skies and cold temperatures.
Unfortunately, this lack of regular sun and heat means that many people – even those who are normally SPF-conscious – won’t put sunscreen on in the winter. Break that habit now and continue slathering on the SPF and taking other steps to keep your skin healthy. Your skin and its lack of lineage will thank you.
- Humidify Your Home
Like we said before, colder temperatures can be super drying to your skin, but so is the heat you blast through your vents as soon as outside temperatures fall. There’s an easy remedy for this: humidifiers.
These devices fill your home’s air with a bit of humidity that adds moisture to dry, heated air. You might not be able to feel the fog from your machine, but you might just be able to see a difference in your skin after using one.
- Have a Little Fun With It
Your daily skincare routine probably follows some sort of routine. Whether you splash a bit of water on your face each morning or spend 30 minutes applying lotions and SPF, you can find space in your schedule to have a bit of fun with your skincare regimen.
An easy way to do it is to whip up a hydration mask of your own. Pioneering bloggers and skincare gurus have come up with countless recipes for you to make a hydrating mask. They typically incorporate natural ingredients, too, so you can know exactly what’s going on your face.
These aren’t the only ways to improve your skin this winter, but start here. You might just find that a lukewarm shower makes a world of difference, or that your skin appears younger with a winter’s worth of SPF application. Try one of the above tips or try them all, and you just might find yourself with the best skin of your life – right in the heart of winter.