When the winter breeze rolls in, you may find yourself with dryer skin than usual. Many people have dry, flaky skin in the winter, and many also notice they need to apply lip balm more often than in the summer months. If you want to stay ahead this winter, you’ll want to start preparing your skin for the cold now.
To keep your skin hydrated this winter, start following these seven steps.
1. Use a humidifier
When your skin is dry, part of the reason may be a lack of humidity in the air. So, by putting a humidifier in your bedroom, you can help bring some moisture back to the air. By putting a humidifier in your bedroom, you’re giving your skin plenty of time to replenish itself overnight.
If your skin feels dry, one of the logical first steps is to hydrate yourself. When it’s not hot outside, it can be difficult to remember to drink enough water. If you’re not sweating as you do in the summer, you may think you’re doing fine if you have a few glasses of water throughout the day. However, you need to ensure you drink as much water as you do the rest of the year. With dryer air, your body needs to supplement itself with water, instead.
3. Simplify your skincare
While watching skincare gurus on TikTok may make having an advanced skincare routine tempting, you may want to bring it back to the basics during the winter. The oils and fragrances that you enjoy using in the summer may further irritate your skin in the winter, so it’s best to stick to the essentials. So, limit yourself to moisturizer, sunscreen, and a face wash (1).
4. Moisturize often
As mentioned, moisturizer is especially important during the winter. You will want to apply moisturizer right after showering, right before bed, and first thing in the morning. Yes, you need to give your skin moisture all day long in the winter.
5. Cut back on face washing
In the summer, you may be tempted to wash your face more if you are sweating when you step outside. In the winter, you will want to try your best to only wash your face once a day. It is best to wash your face once at night, rather than the morning, as you can then wash away all the buildup from the day.
By exfoliating, you can help rid your body of the dry, flaky skin that sits on the outer layer. However, you have to be careful to exfoliate very gently and infrequently. If you do it too roughly, or too often, you can dry your skin out.
7. Limit shower time
Unfortunately, long showers or baths lead to dried out skin. So, while a long, hot shower may be tempting, you’re better off to take a shorter shower than usual in the winter. In addition, you will want to lower the temperature of your showers too, as hotter showers add to the potential dryness.