It’s that time of year again: the time for constant temperature changes, chilly winds and dry air—and that central heater inside doesn’t help matters either! Not only is having dry skin uncomfortable, but it can be weak in protecting against bacteria and viruses.
Winter time can wreak havoc on your skin. Some body parts tend to dry out more quickly than others, but there are ways to stay fresh and beautiful even when it’s the opposite outside.
Even though turning on the heat in your house is a must during those blistery, cold months, that circulating dry air causes a lot of damage to your skin. It dries out your lips, face, and even your nose and throat. But before you decide to invest in some heated blankets (which also dry out your skin) and resolve yourself to wearing layers upon layers of clothing in your home so you don’t have to turn on the heat, try purchasing a humidifier.
Humidifiers add moisture to the air, helping soothe dried-out skin. There’s a double benefit to having a humidifier in your home, as it also helps to open up your nasal passages when you can’t breathe. Just remember to change the water out daily and clean out the machine three times a week so bacteria isn’t floating around your house.
Lip and Cuticle Scrub
Try making your own sugar scrub or purchase one and use it as needed to buff off the dead, flaky skin before applying lip balm or cuticle cream. Making your own sugar scrub is fairly simple and inexpensive. A basic recipe includes two parts sugar to one part almond oil and 1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil.
Cut Down Shower Time
When it’s freezing in the morning and all you want to do is stay snuggled under your covers, most people find solace in jumping into a steaming hot shower or bath. Unfortunately, extremely hot baths strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dry and flaky skin. It’s recommended to take lukewarm showers, but if that seems impossible when it’s -2 degrees outside, try cutting your shower time down to ten minutes at the most. For a dry scalp, wash your hair every two to three days instead of every day, and condition your hair in between washes as needed.
Go-to Makeup Products
Cleanse your face every morning and skip the evening wash. During the winter months, cleansing twice a day can cause severely dry skin. Make sure your product doesn’t contain alcohol, as alcohol will cause your skin to flake and peel. In addition to cleansing and moisturizing before putting on your makeup, gently exfoliate your face to remove any dead skin and flakes.
Instead of powder, which causes flakiness and dry patches on your skin, try hydrating concealer and use clean fingers instead of makeup sponges. Use cream blush instead of powder blush to prevent flakiness. As for your eyes, you don’t want to walk around looking like a raccoon if you get caught in snow flurries, so waterproof mascara is a must. For the eye shadow, cream-based products work best and will prevent your eyelids from drying out and causing cracks and caking (starting to see the trend here?). Make sure your makeup products aren’t oil-free, because oil-free products tend to dry the skin out more in the winter. For your lips, avoid using matte lipstick because it will cause the skin to crack and peel. Lip balm and moisturizing lipsticks are the way to go when it’s freezing outside.