Top 10 Ways to Care for Winter Skin
Winter can be rough on your skin, and it feels like there’s no escape: The cold outside leaves you red raw while indoor heat zaps moisture from the air.
AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) notes that even things which make winter wonderful - such as sitting by an open fire or taking hot shower- have been known to dry out one's complexion considerably over time (and this isn't just because they are too warm!). But don't worry! With these tips from our resident expert here, Gail Leroy, RN, they will definitely help keep those spirits high all season long.
- Use Sunscreen – yes, even when it’s gray out
The sun's UV rays are more intense in winter, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. This means that even if you're out on a snow-packed hill or playing with your kids inside during an event where there isn't much sunlight reaching earth—you still need sunscreen! And while we all know not every day will be bright and cheery (or perfect weather), don’t forget about those dreary days either: Up anywhere from 80% - 100% of them may contain harmful light waves which can lead us into premature skin aging such as wrinkles and liver spots due to our bodies' weakened state without enough protection against these ultra violet styling particles. This should make it clear why I always take care when heading outside no matter what
- Modify your skincare regimen for the season
When your skin is feeling especially dry and itchy, scale back on the use of products containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or retinoids. These can make matters worse for people with sensitive skins and may even indicate an irritant dermatitis—a type if reaction that occurs after prolonged exposure to irritating substances like alcohols & fragrances! In addition avoid these items when trying treat yourself more gently in this case too because they contain powerful chemicals.
- 68° F to 75° F max thermostat setting
If you're looking to escape the dry, chilly outdoor air on your way home from work or school tonight and want an easy fix for how hot it feels inside of a building during those warmer days in late Spring/early Summer when we all get tired quickly due our increased workloads - try cranking up some cool yet comfortable temperatures instead. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology recommends 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit as this will prevent further skin drying out which can lead towards more uncomfortable symptoms such has flaking/scaling caused by exposure
- Use cooler water for hygiene-related water activities
Give your skin a break and take it easy on the hot water. For those of us living in cold weather, we need to be extra careful about what temperature showering or bathing at night will do because their sensitivity can easily turn up soreness from dryness as well as chapping—a condition where BY ALL MEANS allow some time for exploration before selecting just one wayward response out.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the best way to keep your hands from being irritated or inflamed is by avoiding using excessively hot water when washing them. This can trigger an eczema flare-up in people with sensitive skin, which often has red patches on it due eczematous conditions like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (also known as "dryness").
In warmer climates where there's more sun exposure during winter months than cool autumn days followed up quickly by cold temperatures overnight - this may seem opposite effect happen but externally on our bodies internally we're experiencing both types: One warm versus other.
- Humidifiers are your best friend
“The air in winter is dry and cold, which can cause your skin to become flaky. Humidity levels need supplementation with humidifiers or cat boxes for healthy looking hair," says a plastic surgery medical professional in Beverly Hills. It’s important not only during these cooler months but all year round!
Humidity levels in your home can have a big impact on you, so it’s important to keep them at an ideal range. One way of doing this is by running humidifiers during certain times and turning them off when not needed or if too many people will be using the same space simultaneously. Misting systems are also good for adding moisture into spaces where there isn't enough natural humidity such as bedrooms that don't get wet from rainstorms often enough because they're located higher up than other areas like kitchens which tend toward lower tier flooring materials (carpet etc).
- Wear comfortable, non-irritating clothing
Cold weather can be harsh on the skin, but there are ways to keep yourself comfortable in these chilly conditions. For starters wear layers made from breathable fabrics that will allow air flow and avoid causing irritation or itching by coming into contact with sensitive areas such as woolen garments which might make you jumpier than necessary during winter months when it's freezing outside!
Wear gloves or mittens in the winter to keep your hands warm. Wool is usually preferred, but leather can also be soothing if they're too irritating before - Wesley suggests trying them out!
- Pat hands dry after washing
Pat your hands dry after washing them. The AOCD recommends that blotting or patting the skin instead of rubbing it helps retain more moisture and improves absorption by as much as 50%.
"After a shower, towel off and blot skin dry. Apply moisturizer within minutes of getting out for an instant boost in hydration!"
- Moisturize hands after washing
Washing your hands is a vital way to prevent the spread of illness. In fact, it's almost impossible for someone else who has just washed their hands without soap or hot water and then touched other things like dishes (or even themselves) before drying off with paper towels - not only will that individual contract whatever germs were on those surfaces but also carry them around in his/her own body until he spills those pollutants over again by coughing etcetera! The constant washing can be tough on tired arms so try using an anti-bacterial hand gel whenever possible.
Applying hand cream after each washing will keep your skin soft and hydrated. Doctors also recommends wearing waterproof gloves while cleaning dishes or doing housework to protect against any unpleasant surprises that could happen on contact with wet surfaces like hot water pipes which are always nearby!
- Use gentle and fragrance-free cleansers
Dry skin can worsen bar soap by stripping the natural oils and disrupting microbiome. Doctors say that it is better to use body wash for those with dry patches on their bodies because they will contain less drying ingredients than regular soaps which could irritate you more than just feeling moisturized afterwards. An alternative option would be trying out hair masks made specifically designed toward keeping locks nourished overtime while also adding shine!
You may be surprised to know that some products labeled “unscented” actually contain chemicals which neutralize scents and can cause irritation.
You'll want avoid these at all costs!
- Always eat right and stay hydrated!
"The best way to moisturize your skin from the inside out is by drinking plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated with water will not only keep you healthy but also help prevent dryness on any part outside our bodies!"
A healthy diet and exercise routine are two of the best ways to keep your skin looking young. "Avoiding processed foods, sugars, or any other unhealthy additives will make sure you're providing yourself with enough nutrients for strong cell growth."
A lot can be said about how our internal environment affects us externally - what we eat has an effect on both moods AND Physical appearance! The right nutritional habits delivered through food choices may aid in reducing stress hormones while simultaneously promoting collagen production which helps fight wrinkles over time."