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6 tips for taking care of your skin in the winter

You love winter’s fashion and festivities. Sweater socks and Christkindlmarkts non-stop make the season the most magical one. The coziness of curling up in front of the fire to escape the wintery weather is everyone’s favorite activity. But one of winter’s favorite activities is taking a toll on your skin.

It might be fun to be able to see your breath in the air, but that means there’s a lack of moisture. Between the roaring fire, the cranked-up heat, and the blustering winds outside, your skin needs all the help it can get to stay moist and glowing. Let’s go over some winter skincare tips so your skin can keep its glow all season long.

A woman applying face cream sitting in bed.

What should I apply to my face in winter?

Creamy cleanser

You may love your foamy face wash in the summer, but it will add to your dry skin problem as the weather gets colder.  Choose a creamy cleanser with ingredients like jojoba oil and vitamin C to keep your cells hydrated.

Moisturizer

When you get out of the shower, before bed, and any time you have a spare minute, lotion should be your best friend. But not any moisturizer will do in the winter. Look for lotions with aloe vera, oatmeal, and ceramides. These ingredients will heal your skin and keep that protective barrier together so your skin doesn’t dry out and crack.

Sunscreen

If you think you can skip the sunscreen in winter — think again. The sun can damage your skin all year round. That crisp snow can reflect the sun better than you’d think. Make sure your face moisturizer has SPF in it.

How can I care for my skin at home in winter?

You can care for your skin in the winter while staying comfy at home. Applying creams isn’t all you can do.

Grab a humidifier

A terrific way to restore the air’s moisture is to have a humidifier in the rooms where you love to hang out.

Watch that thermostat

We know — the thermostat can be a touchy subject if you don’t live alone. But the heat is drying your skin while you sit there watching your favorite shows. Try to keep it between 68 and 72 degrees to keep moisture in the air.

A woman outside in the winter putting on face cream.

How often should I shower in winter?

It’s not exactly about how often you shower in the winter; it’s about the temperature and how long you are in there. It feels so good to stand under steamy water after being out in the cold, but it does more harm than good.

Water strips away your body’s natural oils which leads to even dryer skin. Instead of a temperature that will leave your skin with a rosy glow, opt for something warm, but not hot. Try to keep shower time to under 10 minutes to keep your skin rich in its natural oils. But in any weather, if you don’t need to shower every single day, you shouldn’t. Every other day is fine any time of year.

How do you take a cold shower in the winter?

Benefits

  • Reduces pain and muscle soreness
  • Lowers cortisol level and reduces stress
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Strengthens immune system

You may not think taking a cold shower after being cold all day is productive. But if you are in good health and don’t have any known heart conditions, cold showers have health benefits.

Take your shower as normal and then end it by slowly making the water colder. Once the temperature is enough to make you just want to jump out, stay in there for two more minutes. Try this method once every other day.

A woman wearing a blue winter sweater in a sun filled room.

Best material for clothes in winter

Fabrics to find

Silk

While far from the thickest texture, when it comes to keeping you insulated and warm, silk does the trick. It’s breathable and light so your skin won’t feel itchy.

Cashmere

This ridiculously soft and luxurious material will keep your skin comfortable while keeping you warm in the cold months.

Avoid

Synthetic fabrics

Anything made from petroleum or chemical products will be itchy, uncomfortable, and not fit for winter.

Wet clothes/shoes/accessories

If your pants, scarf, or socks get wet, change them as soon as possible. Your skin will become irritated as well as lose moisture.

Layer up in the heaviest and thickest clothing possible when it’s cold out. But before you throw on that warm sweater, put a breathable, thinner layer underneath. Whatever touches your skin needs to be soft, smooth, and light. Anything rough will irritate your skin. If you already have dry skin, matters will only be worse.

The cooler temperatures can be fun, but they also have their hazards. Don’t let your skin fall victim to the drying and irritating nature of a bracing wind. Be ready to keep your skin hydrated and beat the winter blues with these skincare tips for the snowy season. We want you and your skin to enjoy the frosty air.

BlissMark provides information regarding health, wellness, and beauty. The information within this article is not intended to be medical advice. Before starting any diet or exercise routine, consult your physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, the United States Health & Human Services department has a free online tool that can help you locate a clinic in your area. We are not medical professionals, have not verified or vetted any programs, and in no way intend our content to be anything more than informative and inspiring.

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