With the winter quickly approaching, gone are the afternoons spent at the beach, soaking up the sun and working on your perfect tan. Even though we’re all going to be stuck inside for the next few months, there are still some precautions you can take to ensure that you’re keeping your skin looking fresh this winter!
This is a practice that should be implemented all year long, but during the winter it’s especially important to make sure you are keeping your skin moisturized! With the air getting so frigid and dry, you might find your skin cracking, which is never a good look. Try some petroleum jelly based lotion for your hands and arms. For your face, shoulders, neck and the rest of your body, look at your pharmacy for a moisturizer that contains lactic acid as its first ingredient. Make sure to protect your skin all winter long with daily moisturizer!
No Alcohol-Based Product
We’re not saying that you can’t enjoy a few alcoholic drinks during the winter (that would be absurd!). We’re simply suggesting that you don’t use products containing alcohol on your face, especially during the winter!
Alcohol is never a good mix with your skin. Stay diligent when shopping for new products; you’ll want to keep an eye open for products containing either “ethyl alcohol” or “isopropyl alcohol” as its main ingredient, as that’s a huge red flag. It’s actually very good skincare practice to always pay close attention to your products’ ingredient listing! Rubbing that stuff all over your face is going to make your skin look puffy and dry, and we definitely don’t want that!
If you are having ongoing skincare issues, you may want to consider limiting your consumption of alcoholic beverages as well. Just something to consider.
Avoid Hot Water
This next tip may seem ridiculous, but it is incredibly beneficial to the appearance and general wellbeing of your skin. Once you come inside from a freezing, snowy day your first instinct might be to hop into a nice, steamy shower. Bad idea! While it would probably feel amazing, it’s not worth damaging your skin!
Depending on how hot your water is, you could dry out your skin or even cause it to start peeling. It has been argued by some that hot water is equally detrimental to your skin as sun exposure.
Instead of getting the steam rising throughout your bathroom, opt for a lukewarm shower (or bath). It might not feel as instantly refreshing, but the hot water isn’t worth your skin aging prematurely.
Invest in a Humidifier
The cold air is Public Enemy Number One of refreshing looking skin. That’s why it’s a great idea to have a humidifier ready for this winter! While there are many types of humidifiers, we strongly recommend an ultrasonic humidifier, as it can significantly improve your indoor humidity levels. The dry air has never done favors for anyone’s skin, so investing in a humidifier will keep your skin looking fresh and clean all winter long!
See Your Dermatologist
It’s never a bad idea to become acquainted with your local dermatologist, especially in the winter months. They’ll be able to analyze your skin type and make specific recommendations as to what products would work best for you.
If need be, they can even prescribe you a lotion or product to help with any pressing issues you may be having. If you’re noticing any longterm changes in your skin, it’s also crucial that you see your dermatologist as soon as possible, as it could be one of various skin conditions.
If you take those six tips into consideration, you should be having refreshed skin all winter long!