As days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, Our skin often becomes more pale, itchy, and dry. While many people assume they have to live with dull, dry skin through the wintertime, there are actually a few simple steps you can take to maintain glowing skin during the cold winter months.
But firstly, in order to prevent the problem, we should look into what causes it in the first place.
The outer layer of your skin, called the epidermis, is your protection from harmful substances. In order to keep this layer healthy, it needs to stay hydrated and moisturized. During the winter, it’s harder to keep this layer hydrated because there’s less moisture in the air and the water in your skin evaporates more quickly. This essentially makes your skin feel dry, tight, and flaky.
Tips for Treating Dry Skin
While it’s relatively easy to let your skin dry out during winter, we have a few tips to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful despite the cold.
Take Shorter, Cooler Showers
It may feel nice to take long, piping hot showers, but it’s likely doing more harm than good. Hot baths and showers can dry out the skin if they’re too long—next time you bathe, try to slightly dial down the heat and take no longer than 5 minutes to cleanse yourself. This way, your skin will retain moisture that may otherwise be stripped from your skin with super hot water.
Avoid Harsh Cleansers
While all soaps can be drying, certain cleansers are especially irritating for skin. Exfoliants, scented soaps, and cleansers that contain unnecessary chemicals can strip your skin of its natural oils more so than natural soap. Try to stick with gentle cleansers that are fragrance-free to maintain the natural moisture in your skin.
Use a Humidifier
Indoor heating may keep you warm from the winter cold, but it won’t protect your skin. Unlike natural heat, indoor heating will suck the moisture out of your skin. To counteract this, consider investing in a humidifier to keep moisture in the air.
Choose a Natural Moisturizer
Arguably most important of all tips is the moisturize! Cold weather is unavoidable, but you can protect yourself against the harsh cold by adding a layer of moisturizer to your skin. However, not all lotion is built the same—some moisturizers contain drying chemicals and fragrances that can do more harm than good. For the healthiest skin, stick to a natural moisturizer that’s free of hidden ingredients.
Aloe Infusion’s Face & Body Cream is perfect for protecting against harsh winter air. This gentle cream soothes, rejuvenates and protects your skin for up to 12 hours, and can be used as a day or night cream with it’s non-greasy formulation. Click here to keep your skin healthy this winter!
While it’s important what’s in your moisturizer, it doesn’t make a difference if you’re not routinely applying it. We suggest reapplying lotion every day to prevent dry skin. In some cases, it’s ideal to apply lotion twice daily during especially cold and dry days. We suggest applying lotion when your skin is slightly moist, such as after a shower, so it can hang onto some of that moisture.
Studies show that once you turn 40, you should be applying moisturizer every single day despite the weather. When the temperatures drop, people of all ages should protect their skin just as heavily. If you follow these tips, you’re likely to maintain that glowing, healthy skin you enjoy during the warm weather months. In the mean time, click here to try out Aloe Infusion’s natural, gentle Face & Body Cream for youthful looking skin!