Some people hate winter and can’t wait for summer to return. Others love winter; it’s cozy and fun and the ideal time to spend indoors relaxing. However, no matter what you think about the chilly season personally, it’s important to remember that it can have a significant effect on your skin – and not in a good way.
The changes in temperature, harsh winds, indoor heating, and (possibly) eating more comfort food can all make people’s skin look unhealthy and dull. In some cases, it can even lead to acne and other skin conditions. With this in mind, read on for some helpful skincare tips for winter that will help you look good in the colder months – as well as all year round.
Have A Good Skincare Routine
Having a good skincare routine is crucial all year – but particularly during the winter months. Washing your face thoroughly every morning and night is a must, and it’s a good idea to use a moisturizer as well – during the winter, skin tends to dry out more, and that means adding moisturizer is a must to keep it hydrated and looking healthy.
It’s also a good idea to incorporate a resurfacing serum into your daily routine. Using this kind of serum reduces the need for lots of different lotions, and the fewer additions you make to your skin, the healthier it will be. A lot of the time, less is more, after all.
Use A Humidifier
Investing in a humidifier can be a great idea if you want to take care of your skin in the winter. When you have a humidifier in your home, you can ensure the humidity levels remain at a constant level (about forty to sixty percent is ideal). This will help to protect your skin when you’re indoors a lot more at this time of year. As a bonus, humidifiers can also help to prevent mold, which means your overall health could improve too.
Avoid Hot Showers
The idea of a lovely hot shower when it’s cold outside might be tempting, and you would probably enjoy it at the time, but when it comes to taking care of your skin, it’s a bad idea. The reason is that when the water is too hot, it will strip the oils from your skin, making it easier for it to dry out. This, combined with the fact that you’ll likely have the heating turned up a little more, means dry skin is very likely.
By turning the temperature down in the shower, you can protect your skin more and save money on your energy bills at the same time. Plus, because you won’t be going from a very hot environment into a much cooler one when you leave the shower, you might actually enjoy it more as the temperature transition won’t be so uncomfortable.
Drink Lots Of Water
Staying hydrated might be something you only consider during the hotter summer months, and it is essential to drink plenty of water when it’s warm. However, it’s just as important to drink lots of water when it’s colder – your body still needs it, even though in the winter it’s easier to forget to do so as you might not feel as thirsty, or you might prefer warming drinks that aren’t as hydrating as water alone would be. Try to make it a habit to have a refillable water bottle with you all the time and sip from it throughout the day. This will keep you hydrated and prevent your skin from drying out.