Winter Skin: How to Protect Your Skin From the Cold

We all know winter is cold and the cold can be tough on our throats, hair, lungs, and minds. Out of all the things winter effects, many of us don’t realize that our skin gets hit the hardest, and very few of us are immune. Freezing temperatures, high winds, low humidity, and indoor heating can send your skin into a flaky, dry, uncomfortably itchy frenzy for moisture and extra care.


It is up to us to take some precautions to be sure that the colder than usual air (yes, even in Texas) doesn’t get the best of us. Here are some winter skin tips to help keep your skin healthy and happy.


Don’t forget to exfoliate.
Skin exfoliation is important, especially in the winter. When we repeatedly moisturize, dead skin cells can easily build up. Increase your exfoliation using either a chemical or physical exfoliate to remove dry skin cells, then moisturize, for the best moisture retention. Most people should exfoliate once or twice a week.


Bathe in moisture then follow with moisture.
Not all cleansers are created equal, and you’d be surprised to find that many are actually harsh and drying to your skin. To prevent stripping already compromised or challenged skin, be sure to wash with moisturizing, soap-free cleansers then immediately moisturize with cream or oil based moisturizer once you step out of the shower.Also look for ones with antioxidants like Vitamin C or E for extra protection and as counteractive as it might be when thinking of wintertime, limit your time in the hot bath or shower or opt for warm water instead of hot.


Always use SPF
The sun is still shining brightly in winter, even when it’s overcast. In fact, sometimes it can be even harsher in winter, so it’s crucial to protect your skin with a broad-spectrum, high quality SPF moisturizer or sunscreen, particularly when engaging in winter activities such as skiing or snowboarding at higher elevations. Also reconsider physical sunscreen. Although the types of sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide aren’t always the easiest to apply, they offer the best protection against the sun.


Stay Hydrated.
Although it may seem like only a hot weather or summertime occurrence, it is still surprisingly easy to become dehydrated during the winter months because the air is drier, and therefore our bodies have to work a lot harder to humidify it when we breathe. It’s also easier for us to skip water as colder air often makes us feel less thirsty than in warmer months. Be sure to keep hydrating all year round, even if you don’t feel thirsty, to not only keep your body working at an optimal level, but to also help your skin glow.


Invest in a humidifier.
Humidifiers can do wonders to help combat the elements and indoor heating because they add needed moisture to dry air. Turn one on when you’re asleep and you’ll feel hydrated and moisturized upon waking in the morning.


As with anything else, when it comes to skincare it’s important to stay consistent, and if you follow these steps, they’ll help you stay radiant all year long, despite the season, weather forecast or state you live in.


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