Taking care of your skin is a part of taking care of your body as a whole. Especially nowadays, people are more aware that the health of your skin is important to your overall wellness — your skin is the largest organ on your body, after all. And there are so many great ways that you can take care of your skin all year long. However, the wintertime definitely poses a few unique challenges that can put a bit more pressure on your skin. Even with the weather outside getting frightful, you can keep things chill by doing a little extra self care and skincare that can go a long way. Here are a few good things for your skin this winter.
1. Moisturize Daily
Yes, even if you have oily skin. No matter your skin type, it’s important to protect your moisture barrier as much as you can. This is especially important in the wintertime, as strong winds and harsh temperatures can cause dryness and sensitivity. Even those with oily skin should take care to moisturize every time you wash your face, as the dehydration can contribute to an overproduction of oil and make your skin even more oily as a result.
2. Use A Humidifier
Humidifiers are great for bringing a bit more moisture into your space and your skin. If you tend to struggle with dryness, discoloration, cracking or any other skin discomfort during the wintertime, even just putting a humidifier on while you sleep can help to solve this issue. Similarly, using a dehumidifier in the summer can be great for some.
3. Pay Mind To The Air Quality
One thing that people often forget to do at the change of the season is checking if you need to replace your air conditioners or HVAC filters. This can be an easy thing to forget about, as it’s often invisible and doesn’t have a conscious impact on your living environment. However, in addition to all of the practical reasons why you should replace your air conditioner or filter, it’s important to keep dust, debris and other particles out of the air so that you can experience clean air quality. There’s nothing like good air quality to help your skin, and especially with all of the time you spend indoors during the winter, checking in on your air conditioner or filter can be well worth it.
4. Stay Hydrated
Even though drinking water isn’t the magic solution to all of your skin concerns, drinking water can help you stay hydrated, therefore keeping your skin hydrated in the process. Specifically, staying hydrated and drinking enough water can help to combat dryness and redness both by protecting your moisture barrier and by keeping you away from other, dehydrating beverages like caffeine and sugar.
5. Avoid Alcohol
Although avoiding alcohol in your diet is one way to keep you hydrated and keep your skin healthy, what this tip is actually referring to is avoiding alcohol in your skincare ingredients. Alcohol can be a specifically drying ingredient, and it can sneak up on you in a variety of products. Specifically, a lot of toners and witch hazel products contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin and harm your moisture barrier. Just make sure that you read the ingredients before you buy your skincare products.
6. Avoid Fragrances
For the same reasons that you should be avoiding alcohol, you should also avoid added and artificial fragrances in your skincare products whenever you can. Fragrances and fragrant ingredients can be drying and irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin. Specifically, fragrant products that stay on your face for long periods of time like moisturizers and serums can be especially difficult culprits of this. Make sure that you check the ingredients of all of your products before you buy them and put them on your face.
7. Keep Wearing Sunscreen
Even when the sun isn’t fresh on your face all the time, you should still be wearing sunscreen every single day. The wintertime can definitely be a time where people slack on pudding the proper sun protection on their face, but it’s important to avoid things like sun damage and skin cancer, which can be especially dangerous, especially after years of exposure. If you know you’re going to be outside or even spending any time in the sun, it’s important that you at least wear an SPF of 30 or higher in order to offer the proper protection to your face. Seriously, you’ll thank yourself later.
Caring For Your Skin In The Winter
Really, you should be caring for your skin all year round. During the wintertime, you might just run into a few challenges that aren’t in your usual repertoire. But as long as you remember to moisturize, stay hydrated and avoid harmful ingredients, you should be well on your way to glowing, healthy skin no matter what the weather looks like outside. Are you ready to start using these tips to care for your skin?