Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate attention, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers. Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these winter dry skin care tips:
- Wash in Lukewarm Water
Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from winter dry skin.
- Moisturize Immediately Afterwards
Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Face Fitness recommends using Dry Skin Body Oil new from Avene.
This multi-purpose dry oil helps nourish and enhance skin radiance, while providing antioxidant protection. Non-greasy, non-sticky formula quickly absorbs into the skin for a silky touch and long-lasting hydration. Can also be used on hair for added nourishment and shine. Keep a bottle near the bathtub or shower stall, and use liberally every time you shower or take a bath. $26
- Choose Moisturizer Carefully
Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter.
Face Fitness recommend Moisture Melt-in Balm from Avene. Rich, whipped texture envelops the skin for maximum suppleness and comfort, while providing antioxidant protection. Non-greasy, non-sticky formula quickly absorbs into the skin to provide 24-hour hydration. $30
- Overnight Moisturize
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. We recommend trying Cicalfate Hand from Avene. This technologically advanced restorative hand cream restores and brings relief to dry, cracked hands. Lasts through 5 hand washings. Consider applying at night, then wear cotton gloves to seal in the moisture until morning and throughout the day after hand washing. $26
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter on. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Face Fitness recommends Spa Cell exfoliating sponges for the face and Exfoliating Mitts for the body. When used with a hydrating cleansing products 1-2 X’s a week on the face and 2-3 X’s a week on the body, can dramatically improve the skin’s ability to hold hydration. $14-$38
Seasonal weather can steal moisture from the skin. Following these 5 tips can help counteract winter dry skin and prevent dryness, leaving the skin hydrated, youthful and soft.
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