There is something so wonderful about having creamy, glowing skin, and during the wintertime there are quite a few elements that can threaten that glow if we are not careful to stick to a healthy skin care routine, based on the proven scientific evidence of what works and what doesn’t. It doesn’t even take all that much time and thought to care for your skin during the winter–but not adhering to a good skin care ritual will certainly show up quickly in the way your skin appears. The following are some of the fundamental basics that can keep you and your skin looking beautiful in the winter and all year round.
Protect Your Skin From the Winter Sun, too
Most people make sure to do the whole sunscreen bit during the summer, when they plan on being outside, and especially when at the beach or poolside. There is a common misbelief held by the public about when sunscreen is needed. It’s relatively considered that sunscreen is only of use when you are outside, and directly in contact with the sun’s rays, with the UVA and UVB rays being real culprits. In actuality, anywhere there is natural light, the sun’s rays are there. What this means is that even when you are indoors, you need sunscreen. Even when the weather is totally clouded over, you need sunscreen, and even when it is raining–or snowing–you should be protecting your skin from harm with a good quality sunscreen. Basically, if you are going to be anywhere outside of your bed, go ahead and make sunscreen application a regular component of your morning routine. Carry a travel size in your purse, and reapply as needed–like if you engage in an activity that causes you to sweat, like at the gym. The level of protection is important, too. Go for an SPF of 30 or higher, and forget about the ones in the lower range. Make sure a sunscreen has either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to effectively protect your skin from damage in the winter months, just as in the summer months.
Did you realize that well cared for skin will naturally absorb hydration better? And just because it is wintertime, your skin needs hydration. Obviously, the reasons are not the same, but winter temperatures subject our skin to the drying effects of heat and wind. Not only do you need to moisturize daily or more, but you should regularly exfoliate your face to slough off those dead skin cells, or every time you put on moisturizer, all you’ll be doing will be hydrating dead skin cells. And the dead skin cells are of no service to you anymore, dry or hydrated–nada, niet, none. Rotate between exfoliating scrubs and facial peels for the best results. If you notice your skin becoming red or irritated, hold back a little, but keep on exfoliating. You may not need to be as aggressive with winter exfoliation as in the summertime. Hydrate your skin from the inside by drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day.