When winter rolls around it becomes increasingly evident that our skin begins to change. Even though there is more precipitation in the air it seems to become even drier. The problem stems from more than just the cold temperatures as some people may think. We tend to spend more time in those hot soothing showers, our offices and homes we increase the amount of heat circulation, and the soaps we use can also be contributing to drying out our skin.
The obvious answer to extra dry skin is to moisturize but many people do not know how to choose the right moisturizer for themselves. Without the right moisturizer to replenish the skin you may not be helping your problem at all.
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. … Moisturizer that’s oil-based … will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than cream or lotion.
We all need to moisturize every day regardless of the time of year or the current weather conditions but we need to really step up the process during those extremely cold and dry winter months. Choosing the right type of moisturizer is a very important step. However, there are other things that we can do to keep our skin fresh and moisture balanced in the wintertime.
Exfoliate!! You might think that this will be counter productive in the winter time but when your skin is free of the dead, dry skin the creams and lotions will be able to penetrate your pores allowing them to work better. Generally, in the winter when weather dries out your skin, dead skin cells stop shedding and collect on the surface so that the moisturizer cannot penetrate fully into your skin.It is very important that the exfoliate you use is extra gentle. A mild exfoliant or body scrub can cleanse away those dead skin cells so that your moisturizer has a chance to work.
Hydrate! It is important that you stay hydrated at all times; it is not only good for your health but it is also an excellent protection for your skin.
Soaps generally have extremely harsh chemicals that pull moisture away from the skin. The trick is to find a soap that contains a moisturizer that will immediately begin to counteract the drying effect that happens when you shower. These types of soaps will work to restore your moisture balance while you’re in the shower.
In addition to the soaps you use the tendency to stay longer in the showers can increase the drying effect on your skin. Shorter showers 5 minutes or less with lukewarm water is best for preserving the moisture in the skin.
Try a light grape seed oil or coconut oil to seal in your skins moisture. Doing everything you can to preserve the moisture within and restore what is lost can keep your skin healthy and glowing this winter!