In winter, flues and colds aren’t your only problems. The cold weather also affects your skin negatively, because the cold air dries out and irritates your skin. What’s more, you also spend more time indoors where air conditioning and heaters decrease the moisture in the air.
Here are seven skincare tips to make the winter more bearable for your skin.
Use a cream moisturiser that’s rather based on oil than water.
Oil-based moisturisers form a protective layer on your skin that will retain the moisture. For a more natural option, go for natural oils like avocado, hazelnut, grapeseed, jojoba and coconut.
Give your feet and hands some TLC
Apply cream to dehydrated, irritated hands and feet. Wear cotton socks to bed (they are warm and comfy too!). Avoid wearing wet socks and gloves, as they irritate your skin and may cause itchiness, cracking, sores and even eczema.
Even though it’s winter, it’s still essential to wear sunscreen to protect your skin against dangerous ultraviolet rays.
If you have sensitive skin or you’re prone to acne, use formulas that contain physical blockers (titanium dioxide or zinc) rather than chemical blockers. Physical blockers ought to decrease irritation considerably, and they’re generally healthier for your skin.
Exfoliate your body once a week
There are a lot of good scrubs available in store, but you can also use homemade scrubs. These can be made by mixing brown sugar and honey together.
Get more Vitamin D
Spend some time in the winter sun or take Vitamin D supplements daily.
If your body doesn’t get enough Vitamin D, your immune system gets broken down. In effect, harmful bacteria enter the body which, in turn, could cause acne.
Spoil your face with a mask now and then
When buying your mask, however, be careful; the masks you buy in shops are often harmful for your skin.
If you want to be extra safe, try making your own masks. There are many options for homemade masks. For example: Mix a ripe avo with two tablespoons honey. Apply mixture to your skin and wash it off with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
Care for your lips
We can all agree that dry, cracked lips are uncomfortable. Remove dead skin flakes by carefully brushing your lips with a dry, soft toothbrush.
Apply glycerine, honey, shea butter, coconut oil or castor oil on your lips to keep them moisturised and healthy.