It’s not that hard to find tips on how to change-up your skin care regime for winter. But underneath the layers of reminding you to wear sunscreen even in the winter and to use more moisturizer as the drier winter months set in, there are some surprising skin care tips that many of us forget to take advantage of in the winter. Here are five often forgotten skin care tips for keeping healthy, glowing skin all winter long.
Hot Baths Lead to Dry Skin
As the weather gets colder, many of us crave the sensation of a hot bath. We’re not going to deny that a hot bath can feel delicious in the middle of a cold winter spell, but that hot water can be rough on your skin. You may be feeling warm and cozy, but your skin is drying out and losing the essential moisture that it needs to remain healthy in the winter. If you do indulge in the hot baths of winter season, be sure to follow it up by hydrating topically with a moisture-rich lotion and internally by eating fresh fruits or vegetables.
Your Skin Is All Over: Avoid Wet Gloves, Socks and Scarves
When you wear wet gloves, socks or scarves that are pulled up over your neck or even face, you dry out and irritate your skin. That can lead to redness, irritation and even peeling. Keep the things that touch your skin dry or remove them as soon as possible. Also, when you remove wet outerwear, be sure to hydrate and repair the skin that may have gotten damaged underneath.
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Think Twice About Facial Peels
A facial peel is an essential part of any complete skin care regimen, but in the winter your skin may be more dry, red and sensitive. That means that more aggressive chemical peels could result in even more redness and irritation that ultimately leads to skin that’s less healthy instead of more healthy. Opt for a more gentle peel or gentle topical exfoliators instead of a full peel until your skin regains its seasonal health.
Think About Switching to an Oil-Based Moisturizer
While are ideal for acne-prone skin because they won’t clog pores, in the winter many skin types can benefit from an oil-based moisturizer. Skin becomes drier in the winter and needs not only a richer moisturizer but also the benefits of skin-improving oils. If you’re prone to clogged pores, it’s important to continue using an oil-free moisturizer. But for other skin types, consider a richer moisturizer that includes an oil-base.
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Dress in Layers to Avoid Body Acne
Cold weather means that we’re all likely to put on heavier clothing, but if your skin is acne prone that may be a bad idea. When heavier clothing traps oil and dirt against your skin, body and back acne breakouts happen. While acne-prone individuals should always have a back acne treatment solution as part of their winter skin care routine, you can prevent many body acne breakouts by simply dressing in layers so that you can remove excess clothing to avoid excess sweat and oil being trapped against your skin.