Even the most well-maintained skin can be impacted by cold, dry winter air. Before it hits full force, here are a few preventive steps to protect your skin:
Start exfoliating. Skin's radiance can be dulled by a buildup of dead skin cells. These cells also can clog follicles, leading to breakouts. Regular exfoliation one to three times per week can assist with the removal of dead skin cells. It can also help skin care products penetrate more readily.
Choose a thick moisturizer. It may be necessary to ramp up moisturizing products to combat dry, winter air. Look for products that contain shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, or cocoa butter. They'll help retain moisture and protect the skin against the wind and cold.
Turn down the heat. Bundle up rather than cranking the heat. Avoid especially hot water in the shower as well. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural moisture. Take warm showers instead.
Use sunscreen daily. Even though conditions seem less sunny, skin still needs to be protected from harmful UV rays.
Wear gloves. Frequent hand washing and exposure to cold temperatures can impact the skin on hands. Protect them with warm gloves and generously apply moisturizer.
Use a humidifier at night to keep skin supple and improve the health of nasal passages.