3 Ways to Avoid Dry Skin This Winter
Have you ever noticed that your skin becomes drier in the winter? This happens as a result of warm (but dry) indoor air, cold air, harsh cold winds, and low humidity levels. All of these things can suck the moisture from your skin, especially when combined. Some of them can be hard to escape–you can’t control the weather, after all. So what can you do to avoid dry skin this winter?
Dryness is the absence of moisture, so start by adding some humidity back in. Humidifiers are designed specifically to add moisture back into the air. More humidity makes it easier for your skin to stay properly hydrated externally, especially when the heat is higher in your home. 60% humidity in your home is ideal for skin health, but that may not always be practical. Even increasing the humidity to 30-40% may be beneficial.
Turn Down the Heat
Few things are quite as relaxing as stepping into a nice, warm shower after being out in the cold. As pleasant as that sensation is, it’s not doing your skin any favors. Turning down the heat, on the other hand, could. Taking a lukewarm shower may not be as satisfying, but it’s better for your skin. Hot showers and baths can leech moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and flakey. Try to keep the water temperature around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius.
Be Smart about What You Wear
Did you know that what you wear can impact how dry your skin is? Be kind to your skin by wearing clothes that are loose, comfortable, and made from natural fabrics. This will reduce any irritation you may be experiencing because of your clothes. Wear gloves when you go out in the cold as well. Gloves will help shield your hands from environmental factors that could dry out the skin on your hands. They’re also a great way to protect your skin from the drying effects of hot water if you’re washing dishes by hand (just make sure you use suitable gloves for the job).
Having dry skin is no fun. It’s uncomfortable and prevents you from looking your best. This winter, take extra care to avoid drying out your skin. Pay attention to your skincare routine and make adjustments as needed, giving ample attention to all of your skin (not just your face). Try not to over-exfoliate too. Remember, the better you take care of your skin, the better your skin can take care of you.
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