When the weather outside is dull, your skin can end up looking and feeling that way too. Dry skin in the winter months usually happens because the drier air pulls moisture away from skin, tightening your skin cells and weakening your protective barrier. Here are 5 easy tips for health looking skin – even in winter.
When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing like returning to a warm, cozy home. But heating also removes moisture from the indoors, depriving your skin of hydration it needs to function properly. To minimise dry skin in winter, keep the temperature comfortable, but not too hot for too long. Also, use a humidifier to replace lost indoor moisture.
Wear sunscreen in winter.
Most people think of sun protection for “summer only.” But it can protect your skin from damage all year round. UVA and UVB rays are constant through summer and winter so it’s possible to get sunburnt even when it’s cold outside. It takes less than 20 minutes for most skin types to begin burning, so your skin can suffer damage without showing any immediate signs. A great way to protect skin is to use a daily moisturiser with light sun protection, so you can limit the effects of incidental sun exposure, without the daily heaviness of a thick sun screen.
Take care of your hands.
The skin on your hands is thinner than the skin elsewhere on your body. Because hands are almost always exposed (and because dry winter air pulls moisture away from skin), hands are one of the first areas to show skin damage. In winter, protect your hands by wearing gloves outside and keeping a moisturising hand cream in your bag or at work.
Avoid wool and other irritating materials.
Dry winter skin is bad enough. But wearing certain kinds of clothing over dry, sensitive skin can actually make you feel more itchy. Avoid less breathable synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester and rayon. The primary itchy fabric to avoid, however, is wool. Its short, coarse fibers will prick at irritated skin, making it feel even worse. Your best fabric option for itchy skin is cotton. If you really want to wear wool, go with a thinner, less irritating type like merino wool. Or wear a light cotton layer underneath.
Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise.
During winter, your skin loses moisture at a much faster rate, leading to the weakening of the protective top layer. You may find yourself having to apply lotion more often to maintain the same comfort level. For immediate relief, carry a lotion in your bag or put one in your desk at work, and keep skin looking healthy by moisturising after showers and before bed. Using a lotion regularly will help to replenish the moisture that winter steals from your skin.
Dry winter skin requires deep moisturisation that lasts. Vaseline Intensive Care lotions contain micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly to lock in moisture and keep skin restored.