5 Tips to Keep Your Dry Skin Healthy And Glowing In Winters

Winters can wreck your skin completely. If you have dry skin, winters can make your skin irritated and itchy. The weather damages it both ways: internally and externally. And it can feel like there’s no escape: Cold, blustery conditions outside can leave your skin feeling raw, while indoor heat zaps moisture from the air and from your skin.

Well, there are things that make winters delightful such as a bonfire, mouthwatering desserts, holiday feels and others. But getting wonderful things against the damage of your skin is not worth it. So here are some other tips to keep in mind when it comes to effective winter skincare, so that you can feel your best all winter long.

1.Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture

You should always invest in a humidifier in your home or office. It will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom.

2. Moisturize Frequently, Especially Your Hands

Winter keeps our skin dry, so do not forget to moisturize your skin on the daily basis. Moisturizing keeps our skin healthy and protect us from dryness. Dr. Stein Gold says, “It’s best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. And don’t forget your hands.”  She also recommends wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.

3. Apply Sunscreen — Even on Gray Winter Days

Always apply a sunscreen. Even in winters. On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays — up to 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation — increasing your risk of exposure. It means whether you’re out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer.

4. Wear Appropriate, Comfortable, Nonirritating Clothing

Not all winter fabrics are appropriate and comfortable. Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. Stein Gold quotes, “Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin. This can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy.” Wear soft material against your skin. Also, make light but warm layers. Be sure to protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens, remembering to choose a pair that won’t irritate your skin. If you prefer wool gloves, put on cotton or silk glove liners first.

5. Remember to Eat Right and Stay Hydrated

“Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil,” says Barbara R. Reed, MD, a dermatologist in private practice at Denver Skin Clinic. “For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside.”


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