Having beautiful skin is a lifelong goal. Professional skin care sales increase as the drying winter forecasts whip up chapped and drying skin. Slow the aging process down with a few easy skin care tips to keep the winter winds at bay.
Winter Skin Care Tips
Chapped and dried skin can be a thing of the past with a few easy to follow skin care secrets. Whether you have combination skin or dry skin, putting the moisture back into your skin is important. Oily skin is especially vulnerable this time of year as some people think that oily skin does not need to be moisturized.
It is important to provide your skin with the correct moisturizer for its skin type. Moisturizers for oily skin have non-oil based conditioners to prevent drying of the skin. Even though your skin is oily you do need to protect it.
Avoid Dry and Chapped Skin
Keep your skin hydrated this winter by:
- Drinking plenty of water. Remember to hydrate your skin from the inside. Tea, coffee or lemon aid will not satisfy the hydration requirements of your skin. Drink eight one cup glasses of water per day to prevent your skin from drying out.
- Use mild soap and cleansers. Natural oils from your skin will be removed with harsh soaps or overzealous cleansers. The detergents will strip your skin of its natural oils necessary to keep it elastic and smooth. It is best to use a cleanser designed for your skin type. During the winter months consider using a cleanser that is less drying. For example, if you are using an oily skin cleanser, consider using one for dry skin during the winter months. This will avoid considerable drying out of your skin.
- Rather than bask in the warmth of a hot shower,take short warm showers. The long hot shower will take the oil from you skin. Just think of the added bonus taking short warm showers will have on your electricity bill.
- When applying moisturizer after your shower, do it while your skin is still damp. This will help lock in the hydration that is present on your skin. Pay particular attention to the dry areas on your elbows, knees and heels.
- Using a humidifier will help reduce the dry conditions in your home. Central heating and generally dry winter conditions can be combated by infusing moisture into the atmosphere by using a humidifier.
- Just because it is winter don’t forget the sunscreen. A sun block with minimum SPF 15 is necessary to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the UVA and UVB rays.
The clear cold days of winter often bring more than just the thrill of the ski hill or the warmth of the fireside. It also brings the drying winds and drop in humidity that can cause dry and chapped skin. With a chapped skin is easy. Invest in your skin. You deserve it!