Whether or not you’re a fan of the colder months, you know that winter weather can cause changes in the way you look that go way beyond your wardrobe choices. The combination of cold temperature and low humidity is just not good for your skin. If you want to look your best while it’s cold outside, you need to take some extra steps to protect yourself.
As with so many other potential skin problems, this is one that moisturizing your skin properly can go a long way towards alleviating. The best moisturizing products and practices are entirely a matter of your personal preference; what’s important is that you remember to step up your schedule with the onset of winter. Moisturizing every day (or even more frequently) will protect your skin from the harsh conditions it has to face during the colder months.
A hot shower is always a treat, and they feel particularly good when it’s cold outside. If you want to take care of your skin, though, you must exercise restraint and refrain from indulging in this pleasure too often. As good as they feel, hot showers tend to dehydrate your skin. This combines with the low-humidity winter weather in a very dangerous way. Turning down the water temperature will reduce the dehydrating effect a shower has. If you must take a hot shower, do so at the end of the day when it will be many hours before you brave the outside climate again. Moisturizing immediately afterwards is also a great idea.
When you do get out into the cold air, layering your clothes is a good habit to get into. It not only keeps you warm, it also protects your skin. Even the most comfortable, skin-friendly fabric becomes much more harsh and irritating when it gets cold. If you dress in layers, you preserve the warmth of your innermost clothing as well as your own body. This will help minimize the irritation your skin is exposed to. Keep your individual layers light and don’t wrap up too warm; you want to avoid the possibility of developing heat rash by sweating in the cold weather.
Besides protecting your skin, you can also take steps to keep it growing and repairing itself. Getting plenty of vitamin A is important for your skin’s health in general, and it can become absolutely vital during the winter months. You may be more familiar with vitamin A’s role in promoting healthy eyesight, but it is also essential to the growth of new skin cells. If you aren’t already taking a supplement that includes vitamin A, winter is a perfect time to start. Just be careful to stick with the recommended daily allowance. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it’s possible to overdose on it.
Although wintertime adds some fresh challenges to the struggle to keep your skin looking healthy and attractive, they are challenges you are quite capable of overcoming. Keep this article’s advice in mind as the weather grows colder, adjust your skin care routine accordingly, and you should be able to maintain a beautiful complexion straight on through to the spring.