Best Ways To Keep Skin Hydrated in Dry Winter Months

 

You may know to change your wardrobe up when the seasons change, but did you know you should swap your skincare routine too? 

 

The winter makes it harder for us to maintain soft, glowing skin due to harsher conditions, such as sharp winds, low humidity, and frequent transfers to indoor heat. But there’s no need to keep dealing with flaky, itchy skin any longer. Here are some of our tips for staying supple and pain-free in the winter. 

Switch Out Your Moisturizer

If you avoid any oil-based products in the summertime, now may be a good time to implement them into your routine. Oils create a protective barrier on your face that locks in your skin’s natural moisture. 

 

It would help if you stayed away from any fragrance or alcohol-based moisturizers, as they can strip your face, making you even more uncomfortable. Also, opt for a cream-based cleanser to keep your face hydrated, even after a wash, and prepped for your moisturizer. 

Add Atmospheric Moisture

Dry air isn’t just a concern when you’re outdoors; it can also affect you inside your home. Central heating and space heaters blast dry, hot air onto your skin, so a humidifier – or even several – placed around your home and on your desk at the office may be beneficial.

This way, you can give your cheeks a break from the sting of the winter air – on your face, that is. 

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water for your overall health, but drink it for your skin too! Drinking water helps the appearance of your skin and alleviates the adverse effects of dry skin as well. But did you know the foods you eat can help hydrate your skin? 

 

Focusing on foods with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon or chia seeds will boost your hydration from the inside out. 

 

Wear Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from UV rays on those gray, gloomy days may seem unnecessary, but don’t be fooled. The sun can permeate through clouds and still have damaging effects on your epidermis. Try to stick to an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to make sure you have all your bases covered. 

See A Specialist

If you’re still wondering which products will best aid in protecting your skin during the harsh winter months, seek a specialist for help. A licensed esthetician or dermatologist can fine-tune your current regimen to best suit your unique skin care needs. Here at Elan, we can do just that and so much more to improve the look of your skin and make you feel hot, even when it’s cold outside. Book a consultation today!

 

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