This delicate area is the perfect target for cold winds, dry indoor air, and icy temperatures that draw moisture from the skin. As a result, the skin is often left dull, dry, and dehydrated; resulting in the deepening of lines and wrinkles on the face. Low humidity affects the skin on the body as well. Extreme dryness and cracking on hands and feet can result in irritation and itchiness. This can lead to inflammation and conditions such as eczema.
Here are a few skincare tips for your face and body during the winter months:
- Use more topical moisturizing skin care products. Use a moisturizing, cream-based cleanser as opposed to a water-based one. Even clients with oily skin might experience tightness and dehydration, especially if an alcohol-based product was used during the summer. Use a good, hydrating cream on both the face and body to combat the harsh, cold winds and protect against moisture loss from the dry winter air. Avoid alcohol-based products for the skin and hair since they cause extreme dryness.
- Hand sanitizers can dry out your skin, so be sure to use hand cream after washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.
- Use softeners in laundry to prevent your clothing from becoming too dry, which can cause itchiness against the skin.
- Over bathing can lead to extreme dryness and itchiness. Avoid taking hot baths, sitting in saunas and using hot water to wash your face and body. Shower using warm water instead. Use a moisturizing body wash instead of soap. After a bath, pat skin dry and apply an emollient moisturizer onto slightly damp skin to trap in moisture.
- Don't forget sun protection even in the winter months. UV rays are stronger at higher altitudes and they reflect off snow, so an even higher SPF should be used
- Use a lip balm that leaves a protective layer to keep lips from cracking. Avoid licking the lips, since this habit tends to dry them.
Add these tips into your daily regimen and skin care routine to combat the challenges of cold winter months so you and your skin can be sure to enjoy the season!