Just how the seasons change, we need to change our skincare accordingly too. Now that winter is coming, it is important to change our routine accordingly. Winter means cold air which can really dry out the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, you will have to take extra care to retain the moisture. Our lips become chapped, skin becomes red and dry and many more problems may occur. If these are not taken care of in time, they may lead to more serious conditions. The central heating also dries out the skin but without it, winter is unbearable. Here are some winter skincare tips to guide you:
Use a hydrating moisturizer
The cold winter air and the central heating can really dry out the skin. To prevent that, it is best to use a hydrating moisturizer to keep the skin soft.
Avoid taking very hot showers
Hot showers are an amazing thing in general but even more so during winters. They are a necessity especially if you live in very cold regions. However, taking very hot showers dries out the skin and that is the last thing our skin needs. Lukewarm showers are recommended to keep our skin soft and hydrated.
Moisturize your hands and lips frequently
Since our hands and lips are exposed the most to the winter air, it is important to keep them moisturized. This will also help in preventing extreme dryness and chapping of the lips.
Use a moderate temperature for the thermostat
Putting a high temperature on the thermostat feels really nice and makes the house also warm. But it also causes the skin to dehydrate and become dry. Using a moderate temperature will also preserve the humidity of the room and keep your skin refreshed.
Limit sun exposure
As we all know, this rule has to be followed throughout the year. However, during winters, people like to sit in the sunlight to keep themselves warm. Overexposure to the skin brings a whole set of problems with it so it is best to limit the exposure.
Exfoliate once a week
Winter requires caution because the dry and chilly weather has already damaged your skin’s protective barrier. It’s acceptable to exfoliate your skin once per week to promote skin regeneration and improve product absorption. Additionally, depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate. Lightly exfoliate your skin if you have really dry skin. Once a week is sufficient if you have mixed and oily skin.
Include a Vitamin C serum in your skincare regime if you have not. Vitamin C has many benefits for the skin and keeps it soft during winter too. It also helps in blocking the harmful rays of the sun.
Do not skip the sunscreen
The winter sun may feel pleasant on the skin but it also causes a lot of damage. A sunscreen should not be skipped for even a single day throughout the year. Choose a sunscreen wisely, one that has all the essential ingredients and suits you the best.
Alongside all this, it is also important to eat healthy, stay hydrated, exercise and sleep well. Use a hydrating cleanser too and keep yourself moisturized throughout. Follow all these winter skincare pointers and look your best this winter!