While most of us try our hardest to bundle up and protect ourselves from the cold winter air, we must also remember that the wintertime can have damaging effects on our skin and health. During the winter months, our skin is drained of its moisture, which is vital to our skin’s health. The summer glow we worked so hard to get quickly turns into a dull appearance, while the lack of hydration can also cause dryer skin and more wrinkles.
So, why might your skin be worse in the winter than it was in the summer? And what can you do to help fix these issue?
1. You are using the same cleanser on your skin that you used during the summer
While it is necessary to switch from a regular moisturizer in the summer to one that is ultra-hydrating in the winter, the same goes for your cleanser. Winter is a good time to switch to a gentle cleanser that won’t strip away your skin’s moisture. Finding a cleanser that hydrates while it cleanses is the best option for your daily regimen in the winter season.
2. You are taking long, hot showers
While taking a long, hot shower after being out in the frigid air sounds appealing, it is better to keep your showers shorter in the winter. The water does not moisturize your skin. It actually strips your skin of its natural oils.
3. You are not moisturizing enough
Hydrating your skin often and regularly during the winter months will help fight against aging. It is especially important to apply right when you first come out of the shower or bath. Moisturizer spreads easily on damp skin and it will help replenish the moisture lost during your shower.
4. You are not applying sunscreen
You have heard numerous times that it is important to wear your sunscreen year-round…but are you? Even when it is a blizzard outside, you still run the risk of sun damage on your skin. UV rays are still present on the coldest and cloudiest days of the year. Finding a sunscreen that protects and moisturizes your skin makes the perfect combination for the dry, winter months.
5. You are not exfoliating
The only way to get rid of dead cells is to make sure you are providing your skin with a deep cleanse. Dead skin cells can build up on the skin’s surface, providing a dull appearance. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week will help remove dry, dead skin cells, excess oils and residue to reveal healthier and younger looking skin.