The cold winter months are here and with a change in temperature comes a change in how we take care of our skin. Winter air is drier and thus the moisture in the air isn’t as abundant which can cause chapped lips, dry feet, and itchy hands. Like mentioned previously, the cold air can be harsh on our skin and for those that have skin conditions, such as eczema, need to tread carefully with the types of products they are using. For instance, you want to stay away from products that contain sulphates. Sulphates strip the skin of its natural oils and cause your skin to become drier. Additionally, you want to make sure that you aren’t taking showers with hot water. Hot water also strips your skin of its natural oils so it is essential that if you do take a hot shower, you apply a heavy cream right after.
It is also important to continue applying sunscreen throughout winter. Although it may not feel hot, the sun’s powerful rays can still cause sun damage. The benefit of wearing a mask is that part of your face is covered and protected; however, it is still recommended that you apply sunscreen on your entire face. During winter, make it a habit to apply thick moisturizer to your hands and feet. If these parts of your body begin to get irritated, they will most likely begin cracking and this can be very painful. Lather on a thick layer of your favorite moisturizer before you go to bed to prevent the skin from flaking. Applying serums can also be extremely hydrating. Serums help neutralize the effects of external skin-aging stressors for youthful bright looking skin.
Aside from fragrant free products you should also steer away from products that contain any alcohol as those can be drying as well. If you have dry skin, it’s important to use a cream-based moisturizer, and those with oily skin should use a gel-based moisturizer. For chapped lips, you should keep your lips moisturized by applying chapstick and lip balms that contain ingredients that are hydrating such as mango, coconut butter, and kokum butter. Continue to exfoliate once or twice a week to remove any dead cells; you don’t want to use any harsh scrubs. Last but not least, wear protective clothing and avoid getting wet. If it snows or rains where you reside, it is essential that you keep your hands and feet dry to avoid getting sores or blisters.