Take a deep breath of that crisp, winter air. Feels good – well, at least until it starts wreaking havoc on your skin. Redness, itchiness, and irritation are all too familiar.
Fortunately, there are some easy winter skin tips that you can use to help combat all that scratchy discomfort. From moisturizers to hydration, let’s talk all things winter skin so you can beat the itch.
One Moisturizer Doesn’t Fit All
As the seasons change, your skincare regimen should change, too. Dermatologists recommend rotating out your lotions, creams, and ointments throughout the year. While your skin might not need an ultra-hydrating cream in the middle of summer, your winter skin will thank you.
If you’ve got time for a little self-care, you can also incorporate more moisture-rich masks into your skincare routine. Overnight masks are great for giving your skin a nice, long, overnight drink. You can also try swapping out your normal skin cleansers or make-up removers for more gentle options. The less moisture you remove from your skin, the less you’ll need to put back in.
Quick tip: apply your moisturizers on slightly damp skin. It might sound kinda crazy, but that little bit of dampness will help spread your moisturizer around more evenly.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
We’ve said it once, but we’ll say it again – you’ve got to stay hydrated! Sure drinking enough water keeps your joints and muscles moving smoothly, but staying hydrated helps you ward off that dry, winter skin.
Hydrated skin is happy (itch-free) skin. And hydration starts from the inside out. Since coffee can really suck the water out of you, try swapping out your morning cup o’ joe for tea instead. Many teas, such as green tea, help you stay hydrated. Plus, they can be loaded with all sorts of good antioxidants that help fight the signs of aging.
Keep It Cool
Raise your hand if you’re a sucker for a long, hot shower – especially during the cold winter months, right? Hey, we don’t blame ya. There’s just something about relaxing in a hot, steamy shower after a long day.
But maybe dial down the temp a notch or two? It turns out that showering (or bathing) in hot water can actually strip your skin of its natural oils. And while hotter might feel better initially, your dry, itchy, post-shower skin might make you regret that decision.
We’re not saying you need to be taking cold showers. There’s an easy way to tell if your water’s too hot. If your skin is turning red when you bathe, shower, or wash your face, then your water is too hot. Find a happy medium that lets you relax and unwind, but doesn’t do more harm than good to your epidermal shell.
Humidity Is Your Friend
One easy way to fight that winter skin itch? Attack it where it starts by increasing the environmental humidity. While you might not be able to do much about the dry, outdoor air, you can use a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air inside your home or office.
Humidifiers range in price and size. You can opt for a whole-house humidifier to feed your HVAC system. Or, you can get a bedside or desk-ready sized humidifier to run overnight or while you work. You might be surprised just how effective these little magic machines are.
Looking for some feel good vibes? You can also opt for an oil diffuser / humidifier multitasking combo.
Look – dry, scratchy winter skin sucks. It’s the kind of uncomfortable that can keep you from focusing, falling asleep, or just doing simple adult things. But you don’t have to fight the winter skin struggle with these easy tips to keep your skin feeling fresh and hydrated all winter long.