Winter officially starts on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and we’ve already seen temperatures drop over the last few weeks. Though winters in the South are relatively mild, the changing weather can impact your skin in a number of ways. Cold winter air can dry your skin out, compromising your complexion. Fortunately, there are easy things you can do to protect your skin from the damaging effects of winter. If you want to keep glowing all season long, give these skincare tips a try.
1. Moisturize more often.
Your skin is prone to be drier during the winter months. To combat this, invest in an oil-based moisturizer. Look for thicker moisturizers containing ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients will help seal in moisture in your skin. Also be sure to moisturize from the inside out by drinking water frequently.
2. Use a hydrating cleanser.
Harsh cleaners tend to strip the skin of its natural moisture. Instead, opt for gentle, hydrating cleansers that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural moisture. Avoid drying ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid. And be sure to moisturize skin immediately after cleansing.
3. Stick to lukewarm water.
It can be tempting to take a nice, long hot bath or shower during the cold days of winter. But by doing so, you’re actually doing your skin a disservice. Hot water disrupts the natural oils on your skin, causing it to dry out further. Use lukewarm water when showering and bathing to avoid skin irritation.
Exfoliate regularly to remove dry, dead skin cells and reveal smooth, supple skin. But don’t use harsh scrubs. Opt for gentle, moisturizing scrubs that contain lactic acid, which acts as a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin.
5. Continue to use sunscreen.
Though the sunlight may not seem as bright or hot as it was during the summer, UV rays are still present. Don’t skimp on sunscreen. Keep using it throughout the winter to ensure your skin stays protected.