At Elite Facials, we know how annoying dry winter skin can be. It is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to be a persistent one.
There are some simple things you can mix into your daily routine to help prevent dry winter skin from ever being a problem.
In this article, we will discuss how to prevent dry winter skin and the best ways to treat it.
1. Moisturize right after washing
One of the most important things you can do to prevent dry winter skin is to moisturize your skin shortly after washing. This helps lock in moisture and prevent it from evaporating before reaching your skin’s cells. Remember, it’s not just about how often you moisturize, but when you do so.
2. Apply sunscreen daily
Even though it’s cold outside, you should still apply sunscreen daily. The sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate the clouds during any season and cause skin damage. Look for a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to prevent dry winter skin and reduce your risk of sunburns and premature aging.
3. Use overnight treatments
Overnight treatments are a great way to prevent dry winter skin. Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides to keep your skin hydrated all night long. You can also apply a heavy-duty moisturizer before bed to seal in moisture while you sleep.
4. Use a humidifier
Humidifiers help to add moisture back into the air, which can be especially helpful when indoor heating is cranked up in the winter months. Having more moisture in the air can help act as a natural moisturizing agent which, in turn, may prevent and relieve skin dryness.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, a humidifier setting of 60 percent in winter can replenish moisture in the top layer of your skin.
5. Dial down the temperature
A hot shower or bath at the end of a cold winter’s day can feel especially soothing. But, to keep your skin nourished, you may want to keep the water temperature closer to lukewarm.
According to the Baylor College of Medicine, hot water can strip away your skin’s natural oils faster than lukewarm water (which is typically around 98.6°F/37°C), and possibly even cause damage.
Also, take care when you dry your skin after bathing or showering. Instead of vigorously rubbing, gently pat your skin with a soft towel, which may allow some of the moisture to hydrate the top layer of your skin.
6. Go easy on exfoliants and scrubs
Exfoliating your skin can help prevent dry winter skin by sloughing away dead, dry cells. However, it is important to use gentle exfoliants and avoid harsh scrubs. Excessive scrubbing can irritate the skin and actually cause more harm than good.
We hope these tips will help you prevent dry winter skin and have smooth and comfortable skin all winter long.
If you have any questions or need additional advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Elite Facials. We sell hydrating moisturizers, exfoliating face scrubs, and a highly-effective sleep mask to help you combat dry skin.
We would be happy to help!