The cold season can be quite harsh on your skin, which can cause your face to feel dry and look pale. Just a little scientific fact, people tend to get dry, flaky skin during the cold season due to the less humidity, which causes skin dehydration and sometimes, even irritation.
We know it can be frustrating to deal with. We all want clear and healthy skin. This is why we have prepared a list of useful skin care tips and tricks you can use during this harsh winter season.
Believe it or not, the UV rays can still penetrate through the thick gray clouds. Don’t just leave your sunscreen stored in your closet. Make sure that you always cover your face with sunblock before going out!
- DO NOT skip wearing sunblock.
Even though there is significantly less UVB in the winter, the UVA levels around you are still enough to cause aging effects. Getting a sunblock specifically designed to fight against UVA rays is highly recommended.
- Avoid Taking Long Hot Showers/Baths
It can be quite satisfying to take a long hot shower or bath after a long cold day. But did you know that taking significantly long hot showers is terrible for your skin? This is because hot water can potentially strip the natural moisture from your skin. Although you can still take a hot bath, taking a long hot shower is highly discouraged.
The best thing to do is to take a brief lukewarm shower just once a day, and you’ll see the changes it can make on your skin.
- Moisturizers ARE A MUST
Whatever you do, do not skip moisturizer in your skincare routine. The key to maintaining healthy skin during the winter season is by keeping it MOISTURIZED. Apply a generous amount of moisturizer on your face and massage it on your skin in a gentle, circular motion. It’s also better if you apply moisturizer to your neck as well.
It is also better to pick a cream-based moisturizer over a lotion-based one. Why? Because cream-based moisturizers create a thick, long-lasting barrier on your skin. It protects your skin better than a regular lotion-based moisturizer as it doesn’t evaporate too quickly.
- Don’t Forget to Take Care of Your Lips.
Chapped lips are not uncommon during the winter season. But don’t take this lightly. Licking dry lips can cause some people to develop “lick eczema.” To avoid this, it’s best if you apply effective lip ointments or lip gloss on your chapped lips as often as you can.
Avoid eating citrus fruits and tomatoes with chapped lips as this can irritate them further and may cause infection. Make sure you keep your lips moisturized and healthy with the right lip ointment.
- Exfoliate your Skin Regularly
Exfoliate your skin regularly, but this doesn’t mean you should do it every day. Too much of something is bad, and the same applies to exfoliating as well.
Gently exfoliating your skin can aid in removing the excess dirt and debris that accumulated on your face. But this is not something you should do every day. It is recommended that you exfoliate every 5-7 days to avoid developing dry skin. Over-exfoliation can irritate and can even lead to dry, damaged skin.