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The Top 10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

The skin is the largest organ in your body. When the cold season sets in, it tends to become dry and sensitive. Hence, you should take intentional measures to take care of it. Here are the top tips to help you keep your skin healthy.

Invest in a Humidifier

During winter, the air is cold and windy. It holds less water than it usually does. Thus, you should hydrate the air around you. The best way to do this is by using a humidifier. Put one in your home or your office to maintain hydrated skin. Run it in your entire home or the rooms where you spend the most time.

Lower the Temperature of the Shower or Handwashing Water

Hot showers may sound awesome during winter, but they will dry out your skin. Warm showers are the best. Keep them at five to ten minutes and remember, if it turns your skin red, it is too hot. You should also avoid washing your hands with hot water. It will cause them to turn red and itchy, triggering an eczema flare-up. Cool water is always the best.

Apply Sunscreen Daily

Just because you cannot see as much sun as in summer does not mean it is not there. UV rays can still stress your skin. So, remember to apply sunscreen daily. Ensure that your sunscreen has an SPF of 30 and that you use it every morning after your moisturizer.

Use Moisturizer

Moisturize your skin immediately after washing. Soap can strip off natural oils. Moisturizing helps restore balance and hydrates your skin all day. You can put a bottle of moisturizer next to your skin to remind you to do the necessary.

Adjust Your Skincare Routine

Since your skin gets dry and sensitive, you should change your skincare routine. Remember that your products will only respond well if you have healthy skin. Otherwise, products that would rejuvenate your skin may irritate it. The best measure is to keep your routine simple in winter. Refrain from using harsh products, especially those with alcohol or fragrances.

Reduce Exfoliation

As you change your routine, one of the things you may need to reduce is exfoliation. Removing dead skin may make it look smooth but expose it to harsh weather. If you need to exfoliate, do not do it again until your skin heals. Otherwise, it is better to wait until the weather gets warmer.

Try Occlusives

Occlusive ingredients create a barrier for your skin, protecting it from harsh weather. They also lock in moisture, smoothening and healing it. These ingredients include:

  • Cocoa butter

  • Jojoba oil

  • Shea butter

  • Rosehip oil

  • Petroleum jelly products like Vaseline

Drink Water

Water will hydrate your skin from the inside to the outside. It is also essential for the digestive system. It will keep your skin supple and less susceptible to drying out.

Eat the Right Foods

Your diet is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy. Focus on foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They will protect your skin from environmental damage and help make healthy cells.

Seek a Specialist

Sometimes, it takes work to get good advice. That is why there are dermatologists and skin specialists available. Find a specialist who can evaluate your skin. They will tell you which skin type it is and how to take care of it. It may cost you, but it is worth every penny. It will save you more money as you age.

For more about healthy winter skin, visit East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at our office in Oakland, California. Call 510 451-6950 to book an appointment today