How to Care For Your Skin in Winter

Dec 16, 2009
For many people, skin becomes especially vulnerable during winter time. Your skin may become dry and irritated and will need extra care.

Stay hydrated

During winter your skin becomes dry because of the low temperatures and reduced humidity. Dry air at home also contributes to drier skin.  Despite the common belief, hot showers will not keep you hydrated, but instead will make things worse for your skin. This happens because hot water removes more of your skin protecting oils. The best way to stay hydrated during winter time is to drink plenty of fluids, like plain water and tea. Take warm bath instead of hot to avoid dehydration.

Switch to Mild Cleansers

It is better clean your skin with mild cleansers such as milks, mousses and balms instead of cleansing gels and antibacterial soaps. They are usually recommended for sensitive skin and are gentler on your skin during winter time. If you use more harsh cleansers, do not forget to apply face nourishing cream according to your skin type after that.

Choose the Right Cream

If your skin becomes dry, it is recommended to use nourishing face cream during winter because it gives more protection against cold. However, if you have mixed skin type, it is better to opt for normalized cream that moisturizes dry areas and balances oily areas. There are also special protecting face and hand creams available on the market, that are designed to protect your skin against harsh weather conditions.

Apply Skin Care Products Beforehand

The rule number one for skin care during winter is to apply all skin care products at least 30 minutes before going outdoors. Cold temperature and wind contribute to skin itchiness, redness and dryness. If you apply a moisturizing cream right before going outdoors, it may aggravate your skin condition. If it is very cold outside, use face and hand cream at least a hour before leaving your house.

Take Care of Your Lips

Your lips need extra attention during winter because they often become dry and cracked. To avoid these common problems, use a nourishing and moisturizing lip balm, containing bee wax, natural oils and vitamins A and E. Do not lick your lips outside because this will lead to chapped lips.

Shave Gently

Shaving tends to irritate skin, while cold weather also contributes to dryness.  It is important to use gentle shaving product with natural ingredients, such as shaving cream. Apply after-shave balm to provide a calming sensation and protect your skin even more. Shave in the direction your hair grows and try to change the blades frequently.

Use Sunscreen

Many people mistakenly think that there is no need to use sunscreen during winter time. In fact, your skin needs protection from the sun rays all year round. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin problems like moles, wrinkles and skin cancer. Choose sunscreen with SPF factor 15 and over that has UVA and UVB protection.