Winter is slowly approaching and the air tends to be dry, but your skin doesn’t have to go through the same ordeal. The chilly atmosphere is not the only thing that dries your skin, the heaters you use indoors also contribute to the dehydration of your skin. There are certain precautions you need to follow if want to keep your skin moisturised and healthy looking at all times. Below are 5 tips to combat dryness in the winter season.
- Shower with lukewarm water
We all fancy showering in scorching hot water in winter, it feels good right? Well extremely hot water strips away the oils in your skin. Try to use lukewarm water instead, especially when washing your face and hands. Also try limit the amount of time you spend in the shower or bathtub to 5 minutes.
- Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Right after you get out the shower or bathtub, ensure that you moisturise your skin immediately. Applying your moisturiser to damp skin helps with sealing in the moisture into your skin which prevents the dryness. Also, you can keep your skin hydrated throughout the day by moisturising the problem areas or keep an oil-based hand lotion handy that is packed with essential oils such as coconut and tea tree oil, it helps retain the moisture in the cold season.
- Stay hydrated
As the days get frosty, we tend to forget to keep hydrated at all times. Hot beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate seem to be our main priority and we neglect drinking water. If you’re dreading drinking cold water, you can opt for warm water with a slice of lemon. Not only is this refreshing, it’s hydrating at the same time.
Yes, you read correctly…sunscreen. As much as we need to apply sunscreen in the summertime, we also need it in the winter time too. The sun in winter, if not more, is as dangerous as the sun in summer. Make sure that you use a generous amount of sunscreen on your face and hands to avoid any damage to your skin and to also combat dry skin. Reapply the sunscreen when necessary.
- Take care of your lips too
Lastly, let’s not forget the lips, they are just as important as other parts of your skin and they are the most fragile as that skin is thinner than the rest of your body. Do not lick your lips…PLEASE! After you have licked your lips, the saliva dries out and makes your lips even drier. Rather invest in an ointment-based lip balm with ingredients such as sunscreen, glycerin and essential oils to keep your lips moisturised.