5 non-skincare skincare tips for winter
It’s not all about the products
We’re half-way through winter, if you imagine it you can see spring right around the corner, and your skin really, really looking forward to it. Have to maintain skin condition until then. If you’ve changed your products but your skin is still acting up in the winter there may be some hidden lifestyle culprits causing your skin issues.
Add a Humidifier
Dry, hot air can significantly impact your skin’s health. It can cause inflammation, flare-ups of already existing skin conditions, ie eczema or psoriasis, increased dryness leading to cracking and flaky skin. This leads to a deteriorated skin barrier, which keeps your skin from operating at an optimal level. Your skin’s appearance is diminished and its ability to combat harmful pollutants is reduced.
Changing seasons, changing habits
Not only is there more temptation going around, but your mind and body are prone to eat more during the fall and winter. As the cold weather sets in, our caveman instincts kick-in. Winter was usually associated with lean times and getting in extra fat was self-preservation for the upcoming months. Now, we don’t have to worry about the winter ruining our next hunt since we mainly hunt on take-out menus, but it does mean that we tend to consume way more calories than we need. This time of the year is filled with holiday party treats, rich comfort food, and fancy cocktails that can wreak havoc on your waistline and skin if you’re not careful.
People generally tend to drink less water in the winter too, and they up their alcohol intake. The combination of dehydration, an increase in sugary, fatty food, and more alcohol can create perfect conditions for dryness, breakouts, or inflammation. Try tracking your water intake and adding more tea to your days.
And a cherry on top of all of this, you also tend to exercise less. It’s no wonder the winter blues creep up on people so easily. Maintaining a moderate exercise routine will not only re-energize you during these cold months, but they will give your skin a much-needed oxygen boost.
Not dressing right
Protective clothing keeps you warm and keeps your skin shielded from the weather. When your body is exposed to the elements you increase the chance for frigid air drying and damaging your skin. Make sure that if you’re going outside in the cold for extended periods of time that you are bundled up. Gloves, scarves, and hats can protect sensitive areas of your skin from damage.
A steaming hot shower or bath is a sure-fire way to warm up a chilled body and destress from a long day, but its effects on your skin might make you think twice before hopping into a boiling tub again.
Hot showers are a killer to your skin’s moisture barrier. They strip the natural oils from your face, body, and hair, leaving you to overcompensate with the products for the loss of hydration. Try taking shorter, lukewarm showers and save your skin the hassle. And it’s better for the earth.
Careful with soaps and cleansers
If you’re using alcohol heavy products you might want to consider laying off the excessive hand washing during these colder months. Alcohol, though it can be beneficial to the skin occasionally, it can be terribly drying if you overuse it or are particularly sensitive to the cold weather. Astringents, hand soaps, and body washes often have high alcohol and fragrance. Make sure to moisturize after washing your hands in the winter to lock in moisture and to prevent chapping.