Winter Hydration

Summer may be harsh on our skin because of harmful UV rays with more of our time being spent outdoors, but winter can be just as damaging as a result of extreme temperature changes.  We can be exposed to 70° indoors and 20° outdoors! Add to that, the dry hot air that blows from heating vents directly into our faces.  While the warmth may feel comforting, it dries out the surface layers of the skin. These extremes of hot, cold and dry air can wreak havoc on our skin.  It is just as important to cover our skin with a moisture barrier during the day as it is at night while sleeping.  Without this added protection, skin will dry out, begin to turn red and flake.

Here are some tips to keep your skin balanced and hydrated in the winter months: Protect, Shield, Moisturize.

  • Apply a second layer of your face cream in the morning and reapply before going outdoors.
  • Don’t forget the sunblock! UVA rays, the aging rays, are around on cloudy days and penetrate glass.
  • Carry hand moisturizer, and keep a second in your car and a third at work. Apply frequently.
  • Wear gloves at all times when going out. Make this a rule!
  • Apply a lightweight oil under your hand or facial moisturizer. This will create an additional barrier against the elements.
  • Wear lip balm with an SPF.
  • Drink more water for increased internal hydration.
  • Don’t take hot showers; instead, use lukewarm water. If you’re going to indulge in a hot, steamy shower, drink a glass of water before and after the shower. Same rule applies for sauna use.
  • Apply oil while your skin is still wet before exiting the shower. This creates an instant barrier, locking in moisture.
  • Wear gloves when washing the dishes.
  • Get a parrafin treatment for your hands.
  • Increase frequency of a hydrating mask (2 to 3 times per week) or every night for 4 nights, before a big event.

Do you have any more tips for keeping your skin hydrated during the Winter? Please share them with us below!