- Moisturise More
You may have found a moisturiser that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find a ‘skin repair’ type moisturiser that contains good oils such as cocoa butter and avocado oil, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a lotion. Make sure you choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil. Night repair creams will often give your face the oil it needs to stay hydrated.
- Slather on the Sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
- Give Your Hands a Hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
- Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
- Don’t dry out your home too much…..
Central heating systems, heat pumps and fan heaters blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly. You can get USB powered humidifiers for about $30.
- Grease Up Your Feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding repair lotions that heal those heals! Use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturisers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
- Ban Superhot Baths
Sure, soaking in a super-hot bath feels great after being out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. A warm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy or simply periodically reapplying your repairing moisturiser.