The Winter Itch

       
December 9th, 2013 | Contributed by:

With fall come and gone, winter is slowing starting to rear its cold and frosty head. While there’s something majestic about the way your breath hangs in the air and the snow blankets everything with a, albeit temporary, pristine white blanket, one thing is for certain – winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Everything from the cold air and biting winds from being outside, to the almost arid conditions that come from cranking up the heat, all can have a toll on your skin. When the wind blows, your skin is dry, and your lips chapped, you feel like you look less than your best. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few skin care tips to help make winter at least a little more bearable.

Winter Skin Care

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Assess Your Everyday Products

Some of your tried and true products that are fantastic for the rest of the year can end up causing more damage in the wintertime. Heavy face cleansers that help cleanse you of the oily buildup you get from the summer heat might actually strip away your skin’s natural moisture during the winter. This can lead to dry and itchy skin that contributes to winter discomfort. If you need to make a switch, try a heavier cream based moisturizer instead of a lotion. Creams with glycerin and lanolin are a great way to rehydrate your skin, especially in the wintertime. Also, steer clear of soap based cleansers and alcohol based toners; these products can also worsen the winter dryness issue.

Ice, Snow, and the Sun

Yes, even in the winter it’s still crucial to have some measure of sunscreen. Many people overlook the fact that they’re still being bombarded by sunlight even when it’s cold. Couple that with the sun reflecting off the ice and freshly fallen snow, and it can really do some damage to your skin. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is enough to keep you safe without the greasy heavy feel of sunscreen.

Treat Yourself Right

It seems that no matter where you go, one of the highest rated beauty tips is a good diet, which makes perfect sense. By eating good, wholesome foods, not only do you feel better, but it can work some wonders for your skin as well. In the winter months, foods that are rich in antioxidants can help keep you feeling great and looking radiant.

Scrub Up

Spa treatments and wraps can also go a long way into relieving the tight and uncomfortable feeling that winter leaves on your skin, as they are great for moisturizing. If you haven’t already, consider using a face scrub or an exfoliant product. This will remove the dead and dull skin cells, leaving your skin bright and beautiful. If you’re having a problem with chronic dryness, pace the scrubs and peels and focus more on hydration to keep from irritating your skin even more.

Fight the Temptation of Super Hot Baths

It’s winter and it’s cold, which makes the idea of super long and super hot baths all the more appealing. If you’re having trouble with the dry skin from winter, it might be time to cut the hot baths down. Hot water, while it feels amazing and works wonders on sore and aching muscles after a day of shoveling snow, can begin to break down the lipids in your skin, which actually deprives you of moisture. Cool the baths down a little and spend less time in the water to help combat this process. Also, try applying your moisturizers while your skin is still slightly damp, as it will help to absorb it better.

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, Winter can be rough on everyone.

people enjoying snow

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Winter skin care doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous task. Combatting dry and itchy skin can just be a simple matter of adjusting your daily skincare regimen and the products you’re using. Even the little things that seem inconsequential, such as how you layer your clothing, can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Fortunately, armed with a little know how and the right moisturizer, you can ditch the itchy, dry skin this winter and stay just as beautiful as you are in the summer.

       

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