Winter can wreak havoc on your skin—we’ve all been there: dry, itchy and uncomfortable. Inside the air is dry and warm and outside it’s cold and windy; hello chapped lips and chaffed hands. Here are some techniques for keeping your skin soft, smooth, and supple all winter long. Fight the winter air with these moisturizing tips:
Alcohol-based skin toners and harsh cleansers can strip the natural oils from your skin, making it feel tight and uncomfortable. Opt instead for a cleansing milk or mild cleansing foam, and once a week or so, try a deep moisturizing mask. Use these products sparingly, so you avoid over-cleaning, which can further dry out your skin.
Winter months require a heavier, more robust moisturizing routine from head to toe. For your face, exfoliate weekly using a facial exfoliator to remove the dead layer of skin on your face. Rub in circular motions for a minute or so before rinsing. Check your skin closely an hour after moisturizing to determine frequency required. For hands and feet, go for a heavy, glycerin-based lotion that’s thick and luxurious. Reapply your moisturizers as often as you can to keep your skin feeling soft and supple.
Get A Humidifier
They’re not just for kids! A humidifier is one of the best investments you can make to fight dry air in the colder months. You’ll notice a big change in how your skin feels in just a day or 2 when you add an adequate amount of moisture to the air. It will also help to make your room feel warmer and more comfortable as well.
It certainly does feel good to slip into a nice, hot bath for a good soak after battling the winter wind and snow, but this turns out not to be the best thing for your skin. The hotter the water is, the more it strips the skin of its natural moisture barrier, leading to those rough, red patches—yikes! A warm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, on the other hand, can help gently soothe and moisturize.
Let’s face it: Going out in the cold without the proper protection is just asking for trouble. So do what your abuela told you to: get a thick scarf and wrap it around you to protect your face from wind and cold. It’s fun to play in the snow, but wet, cold mittens and socks are going to cause your skin to crack and dry, and feel anything but festive. Keep a spare pair handy so you can change into them to keep warm and dry.
This winter you don’t have to suffer with dry, cracked, and itchy skin. Enjoy the skin you’re in—and keep it nice through daily moisturizing, cooler showers, and proper attire. Tweet us @hip_latina if you have any questions: we’re always happy to help you find ways to feel beautiful and happy!