Winter can be rough on your skin. It puts nearly round-the-clock pressure on your outer layer, whether you’re inside or out. The cold air is dry and can contribute to cracking, while the warm air inside offers little relief.
So, whether you’re getting outside for some activity or staying settled in by the fire, your skin is exposed to less-than-ideal conditions. Here are some ways to keep skin healthy during the winter:
Get a humidifier: Investing in a humidifier for your bedroom/home can help add moisture to dry warm air inside you’re your home.
Keep the thermostat a little cooler: Cranking the heat can suck the moisture from your home, so instead of turning it way up when the outdoor temperature creeps down, keep it at a cool, comfortable setting (68°F – 72°F; 20°C – 22°C).
Limit shower time/temperature: Taking a long, steamy shower can feel great, but it might not be the best for your skin. Instead, try taking a shorter, 5-10-minute shower or bath. Also, when washing your hands, go lukewarm instead of hot.
Moisturize regularly: After washing, slather on some moisturizer. Creams and ointments are best suited for winter temperatures. Try wearing gloves while washing dishes or cleaning around the house.
Wear sunscreen: The sun may not show up as much or for as long during the winter, but it is still a threat to skin health, mainly when there is snow to reflect it. UV rays can come through clouds even when it’s dark, dreary, and gray. Wear sunscreen year-round to protect your skin.
Eat right and stay hydrated: Skin moisture is also impacted by diet. Eating a healthy nutrient-dense diet, rich in omega-3’s and omega-6 fatty acids, can help contribute to most skin. Remembering to sip water throughout the day can also help.
These are just a few of the things you can do to help keep skin hydrated and minimize the likelihood of irritated, dry skin.