The cold clear days of winter can bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They can also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling. Skin can become so dry it results in flaking and cracking, sometimes painfully. As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out. But don’t worry! There are things you can do to help avoid this drying of the skin. Adjusting your skin care routine will insure that your skin stays healthy during the winter months.
Here are some ideas to help keep your winter skin glowing:
Consider enlisting the aid of a skin care expert who can guide you through each season. An esthetician or dermatologist can analyze your skin type, and troubleshoot your current skin care regimen. Consider their advice as an investment in your skin.
Make sure you are using the right moisturizer for the winter season. You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.
Remember, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare – can still damage your skin. Applying a sunblock should be part of your daily routine, no matter the season. We are exposed to sunlight as we go about our daily activities not just when we are at the beach.
Wear gloves when you go outside and when you are driving. The skin on the back of your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Consider applying sunblock to the tops of your hands too.