Winter winds sweep the softness and moisture and leave flaky, dry skin. The cold air is often dry, which dehydrates the skin. It is particularly important to take better care of your skin during the winter months. Maintaining healthy skin during colder period of the year does not necessarily mean breaking the bank if you follow some simple beauty tips and, of course, do not forget exercising self-control while shopping.
Hydrate and nourish the skin
A weekly exfoliating scrub removes dead skin cells. You can make your own scrub with coffee. Use a moisturizer on your face and body to help nourish the skin and protect it in cold weather. You do not have to buy an expensive moisturizer; simply choose one that is rich in nourishing oils and antioxidants that help prevent damage caused by the winter sun. Sunscreen is a good choice for the whole year. Apply it every day to reduce and prevent damage to your skin. Check product labels before buying a face cream or other skin products to ensure they provide sun protection. Moreover, use warm or cold water instead of hot water for the shower. Exposure to hot water increases the moisture loss from the skin.
Care for hands and feet
In winter, your hands are particularly vulnerable to cold and dry weather, as they are often exposed to the harmful elements. Protect them with a hand cream to prevent skin from cracking or getting dry in places, and wear gloves or mittens to minimize exposure to the cold. Do not forget to apply your regular moisturizer to your hands and feet before going to bed, or, you could use some Vaseline on your feet, for extra care.
Take care of your lips
The lips can crack and become dry in winter when exposed to cold air. Use a balm for your lips, especially if you are skiing or participating in some other winter sports. You can also apply Vaseline on your lips to recover the damage during night. Wearing a scarf to reduce wind exposure will also help prevent your lips from getting damaged.
One of the best ways to protect your skin (regardless of weather) is to have a healthy diet full of vitamins, especially vitamin C. Choose fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals to protect your skin. A good diet helps rejuvenate the skin and also keeps you healthy.
Find a perfect treatment
From time to time, provide your skin with that extra step in your skincare routine. Once or twice a week you can apply a face mask that you can make from the stuff you already have in your kitchen. Still if you are thinking about more professional treatments, one of the most budget friendly options could be a cosmetic procedure such as fraxel laser treatment, which helps in a lot of skin problems at once and does not cost as much as some other beauty treatments.
Never skip cleansing
Don’t forget to remove your makeup in the evening without exception – a few minutes of your time can give you significant benefits. The polluted air and dirt that can accumulate on the face are actually worse in winter than in summer.
No doubt, the winter makes life difficult for the skin. The biting cold outside and overheated interiors are enough to mess up your skin. It is no wonder that many problems such as chapping, redness, dehydration and other discomforts can occur. Still, with a little effort you can make your skin healthier and glowing, without straining your wallet.