Baby, it’s cold outside and the moisture content in the air is extremely low — to the point where it extracts it from our skin. Add wind to the mix and you can kiss your hydrated skin goodbye. This is why it is important to maintain a barrier between the outside and your skin. Prevention is the key to guarding your skin and avoiding the flaky, itchy and dry effects of winter air. Here are some tips for keeping your skin protected from head to toe, all season long.
- Face: To improve the overall health of your skin, don’t skip exfoliation — but keep it to a minimum. Use a gentle formula once a week and switch up your face wash to a more moisturizing, nondrying option. It’s also wise to boost hydration by implementing a hyaluronic serum under your night cream daily.
- Lips: The skin on our lips is super thin and prone to cracking and peeling. To avoid this, use a lip scrub to exfoliate regularly and a fragrance free lip balm that is packed with hydrating oils. For an extra boost of protection, choose a balm with SPF.
- Arms and Legs: As great as a long, steamy shower sounds, it’s actually not good for your skin. Opt for short and lukewarm instead, and use a body wash that has moisturizing ingredients. Apply lotion immediately after drying off, and turn on the humidifier overnight to fill the air with moisture — this will keep skin supple all night long.
- Hands: The hands have fewer oil glands, which leads to itchy, dried out skin. Keep hand lotion nearby at all times and make sure to wear gloves when you’re outside. It is also wise to use overnight gloves to repair hands as you sleep for the best results.