Rejuvenating Your Skin
Today we want to share 6 winter-protective means of rejuvenating your skin. Intense cold is known to dry out our skin. A lack of sunlight is known to cause limited vitamin D levels, which can impact our skin health among a variety of other impeded factors. The intensity of working all day in winter and only heading to and from work in the darkness is hardly conducive to a healthy lifestyle, either. Some might say winter is a conspiracy to undo all of our considered and careful skincare practices, leaving us with dry, chapped and sore skin over our bodies.
That much can be true, and it’s a shame to admit it. That said, there are also alternate measures and preparations you can make in the winter months to ensure you mitigate most of those effects. Moreover, it’s more than possible to rejuvenate your skin in the winter even if it may be a little more difficult than the beautiful, blemish-free skin of those we see living in tropical climates.
With that in mind, let’s consider some of the following advice. You are free to adopt or dismiss each step depending on how it fits into your schedule and your overall skincare goals:
Hydrate & Moisturize
Using products you can trust to rejuvenate your skin is always the first step. This is where streamlined, simple, but exceptionally high-quality products that work for you, like Berlin Skin, can be so effective.
Cold weather can drain the moisture from your skin, which is why it’s so important to rejuvenate your skin using those products that ensure the moisture is not only enriched but perfectly compatible with your skin flora. Hydrating and moisturizing yourself in this way is a vital method of skincare, yes, but it’s also a self-care ritual, a method of feeling your best each morning. It can also help you protect against the bite of the cold, which is especially necessary as you get ready for work each day, or head out to scrape the ice off your car windshield.
Sunscreen In Winter
The winter sun might not feel as intense as its summer version but it can still cause damage to your skin – after all, the sun is going nowhere no matter if the Earth is currently leaning further away from it compared to normal. Snow still reflects sunlight, intensifying exposure more than you may realize. UV rays are present year-round too, not just in the midst of summer, and they can lead to premature aging, sunspots, and skin cancer if not adequately guarded against. So if you really hope to care for your skin, on especially bright days it can be wise to wear sunscreen, even in winter, and even if you get a puzzled look from your friend.
It’s best to opt for a sunscreen product with an SPF of 30 or higher, and mostly use it when you plan to spend a great deal of time outside – for example, building snowmen with your children on a bright day can be a good time to wear it. Follow the same process as you would in summer, by applying it to your face, neck, and any exposed skin. Then you can head out without a worry.
Most people know that the skin on your lips is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, and of course, that doesn’t shift just because the seasons do. This means your lips are more susceptible to harsh winter conditions than you may expect. Sure, most of us are used to our lips chapping without an appropriate balm, but you can pre-empt that by selecting a good lip balm product and keeping it on you at all times. This way, you can moisten your lips even after braving the outside on your work commute or when getting groceries.
But why are lips so susceptible? Well, lips lack oil glands, which can lead to increased vulnerability to dehydration and irritation, and that’s also why you might wake up with chapped lips or even feel them chapping after a few hours of not enough care. That’s not to say you need to apply a stick of balm a day, but keeping an eye on your sensitivities can make a world of difference for the better.
The dry indoor air that typically accompanies winter can deplete your skin’s natural moisture, leaving it feeling tight and parched, and that’s rarely a nice feeling. That’s why using a humidifier can oppose that outcome, by adding moisture to the air, creating a more comfortable and hydrated environment for your skin. Now, it’s important to be mindful of ensuring your room has at least some form of ventilation, lest dampness accrue in your home based on humidifier use during a time when you have most of the windows well shut. If the moisture has a place to travel, it’s unlikely to grow as mould on your walls.
Properly used, humidifiers can alleviate common winter skincare concerns, such as dryness, flakiness, and irritation that you may have suffered otherwise. You don’t always need to keep this running 24/7, just a few hours during the night when you’re sleeping perhaps, or on particularly dry winter nights. This grants you peace of mind, and it’s another tool in your skincare and wellbeing arsenal. Moreover, a basic humidifier isn’t prohibitively expensive and can be used for a variety of purposes on top of that, such as keeping your interior comfortable.
Protect Hands & Feet
It’s important to protect your hands and feet during winter because this helps improve circulation which is also important for good general health and yes, skin health too. If you find that your extremities become very cold during the winter, it can’t hurt to wear thermal or padded gloves and socks, allowing you to head into the colder climate more easily.
After all, it’s not just the skin on our faces that matters most, but the skin over our entire body. As we tend to wrap up warm in the wintertime anyway, it’s true that you’ve likely figured out wearing vests or even thermals, correct layering for sustained warmth, and the kind of comfort you, in particular, need.
That said, thermal socks and gloves can be wise investments, because they can be used with many outfits and easily be taken on and off where appropriate. Note that your extremities can also include areas like your ears, which can become very cold if exposed to the cold wind, pre-empting the use of a warm wooly hat. Stocking up your wardrobe with these items will always be comfortable, and serve as a fantastic method of dressing for winter.
Avoid Hot Showers
Now, there’s nothing wrong with a warm shower to start your day, and given how our bathrooms tend to feel quite cold in the winter unless specifically and pre-emptively heated, a warm shower may be just what you’re looking for.
That said, it’s important to try and avoid the temptation to take a very hot shower. That’s because hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and moisture, leaving it dry and vulnerable to harsh winter conditions even after you’ve properly dried before getting dressed. This can lead to increased skin dryness even if you use good products to rejuvenate your skin, and even exacerbate existing skin conditions like eczema on top of that.
For this reason, try to keep your shower temperature at lukewarm or slightly more than lukewarm if you can, this will provide the best balance of skin care while also being tolerable in the winter months. Don’t worry – no one is forcing you to take cold showers in the freezing cold! With this advice, we hope you can enjoy a few essential and winter-protective means of rejuvenating your skin.