Harsh winter weather can take a toll on your skin, leaving your skin looking and feeling dry, chapped and sore. As winter starts to set in what can you do to winter-proof your skin?
Skin shows more visible signs of dryness during the colder winter months, not so much because of the outside temperature, but because you are constantly moving between extremes (cold outside and a hot, toasty home). Central heating is a big winter culprit, as it leaves the surrounding air around you hot and dry.
If you do not have a humidifier, place a bowl of water by radiators to add moisture to the air and lessen the chances of dealing with dry, chapped skin. Continue to keep up with your daily beauty routine, paying particular attention to moisturising dry, chapped skin. If your skin is more chapped than usual, apply moisturiser more frequently, rather than sticking to a rigid morning and evening routine.
Keep Lips in Check
Lips can suffer greatly in winter, as they are more prone to chapping than at other times of the year. Licking your lips will not help the problem. Start the day off by exfoliating lips using a plain, moistened flannel. Gently rub the flannel over your lips to dislodge flakes and invest in a good quality lip balm that will lock in moisture and prevent your lips from drying, chapping and cracking. When lips start to flake and dry out during the day it is important to increase your water intake, as this is a sign of dehydration.
Exfoliating skin is not a luxury that should be reserved exclusively for summer months when you want to dazzle on the beach with beautiful skin. Exfoliating the skin is also important during the long, cold winter months. But if your skin has already taken a battering from the cold, dry weather, you should not scrub at it harshly. Treat dry skin sensitively for the best results. Use a flannel to gently buff your skin using circular motions. This will help release dry flakes from your skin, leaving it smoother and softer. Apply moisturiser after you have exfoliated the skin.
Skin can easily be ignored during winter, but it is important to take steps to winter-proof your skin. Keep skin hydrated by dealing with the dryness in the air caused by central heating, keep your lips in check and do not forget to exfoliate skin. These steps can reduce the incidence and appearance of dry skin.
Yahoo! Lifestyle, Five ways to winter-proof your skin, by Jane Cunningham.