So, Winter is around the corner and most of us suffer from dry, itchy, flaky skin. In this article, I’m going to share some tips to avoid that dry and flaky skin. If you want to keep your skin soft and not dry in winters, keep reading!
1. Change Your Shower Habits
In winter everyone enjoys and feels comfortable in hot showers and it is very difficult to change it. It feels comfortable but actually, it is not good. Too hot showers can make dry skins drier. It reduces the body oil that is essential for good healthy skin.
So what can you do?
- So the first thing you need to do is lower the water temperature. It should not be too hot – it should be moderate. You do not want to be uncomfortable in the shower, but it should not be hot, scaling, or steaming. It is not good for your skin.
- Another thing you can do is determine how much time you spend in the shower. Now I spend more time in the shower because I started thinking about things and I know a lot of people do this. They start daydreaming. I was daydreaming, but I think a lot happens in the shower and before you know it, it’s been 20 minutes in the shower. It can be a lot in any weather, especially in winter. So you want to reduce your shower time to less than 10 minutes.
2. Change Your Cleansing Habits
So obviously cleansing is important. Hygiene maintenance is important but what kind of cleaning product you choose and how you use it can have a really big impact on your skin.
So let’s talk about the cleanser first. So when it comes to a cleanser you want to look for something that’s not too stripping on the skin. Sometimes you feel your skin tight after cleansing, that means your skin’s been over stripped – a lot of the natural body oils have been removed and that’s not a good thing. So avoid cleansers like that.
cleansers that have sulfates should be avoided. Sulfates are very strong on the skin. Look for something designed for sensitive skin. Most products work well for dry skin. So look for something that does not irritate your skin.
Also, look for something that is not fragrant. The American Dermatology Association recommends odorless. The reason for this is that the scent is irritating and if you work with dry skin it can sometimes become irritating, as well as look for something very simple.
The second thing to remember about cleaning is to avoid over-cleaning. I think our routine in the summer is not the best routine in the winter. So in the summer, we sweat, we get dirty, we stink fast – we need to clean more. In winter, you do not need to over-clean.
3. Apply Moisturizer Right
After taking shower or washing your face, Apply moisturizer on damp skin. When you apply moisturizer on damp skin it is going to lock in some of that surface moisture so your skin will look plumper and healthier and I do find it’s a lot more effective. So that’s something I’ve started to do whether I’m applying moisturizer to my face, my hands, or my body.
4. Use A Thicker Cream Instead Of A Lotion
Most of us like lotions because they are easy to apply and also they are not greasy as compared to creams. I also liked to use the lotions in winters. Moisturizers will go to reduce the amount of moisture that you are losing in winters and cold weather. So you want to find products that are thicker. Containing interesting ingredients like shea butter or cocoa butter and look for something like that in the tub. The tubs contain thick and unobtrusive materials for winter use.
As for lotions you can use them in the summers- They are not that good to use in winters and also look for something that is not fragrant. It is also something that is advised by the American Association of Dermatology. The reason for this is that the fragrance is honestly not beneficial in skincare. It does nothing for your skin. It is more attractive to use the product, but it can cause potential irritation, so avoid the scent if you are working with dry, irritated skin.
5. Protect Your Hands- Wear Gloves
It is a good idea to take your gloves with you when you go out. Most of us do but sometimes you forget and if you don’t wear your gloves, your hands can become very dry. I go for an outdoor walk and on days when I don’t pick up my gloves, my hands pay for it. So be sure to take off your gloves and apply moisturizer before applying your gloves – even better. So try to do this.
Another thing to remember is that when you clean, try to wear gloves. Many times when we clean around the house we associate it with things that dry our hands. In summer, it may not be a big deal but in winter when things are already dry, it is very easy to get dry hands.
So say you are cleaning your dishes. The detergent you use is designed to seal dirty dishes. It’s actually very rough – it dries out your skin.
And hot water too – keep in mind that we talked about tip one. Hot water is not good for dry skin, so avoid washing dishes by hand. Try not to clean by hand. Use your gloves.
6. Don’t Overheat Your Home
In winter every one wants to keep their homes warm and sometimes they overheat their atmosphere to become comfortable, but it is not good. Overheating can make the environment drier and it can affect your skin.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and you found it informative. If you have any tips for the winter season you can share in the comment section.