From freezing temperatures to stuffy air, winter is anything but easy on your skin. If you suffer from cracking and flaky skin, it is important to remember that your skin care routine should change with the seasons.
Here are seven tips to help heal your winter skin and to keep it moisturized throughout the rest of the winter season.
1. Use a humidifier.
Winter air is dry. The increase in the temperature inside of your home or office and on your skin will get drier. One of the best remedies is to sleep with a humidifier running during the night. These machines help pump moisture into the air, which will keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.
2. Avoid rough fabrics.
While wool socks and sweaters keep you warm during the winter, these types of materials tend to be scratchy. Skip the wool or wear a layer of cotton underneath the wool to reduce skin irritation.
3. Moisturize more.
In the wintertime, there is no such thing as over-moisturizing. Commit to keeping your skin supple by moisturizing after you take a bath or shower when your skin is still slightly damp. We recommend choosing a moisturizer that contains colloidal oatmeal that is made to turn troubled skin tranquil.
4. Repair your lips.
You can suffer from chapped lips at any time of the year, but in winter, it can be particularly unpleasant. Make sure that you always have lip balm on hand to apply throughout the day. To exfoliate flaky lips, apply a thin layer of Vaseline and then use a toothbrush to remove the dead skin.
5. Rejuvenate your feet.
Callused feet and cracked heels are issues to deal with during the winter months. Luckily, you do not have to spend much money getting a pedicure to exfoliate and moisturize. To cure calluses, use a pumice stone once a week to remove dead skin and encourage regrowth. Use a thick cream on your feet every day. Apply it right before bedtime and then put on cotton socks to help with absorption. If your feet get too hot during the night, apply when you have downtime.
6. Switch shampoos.
What worked on your hair in the summer and fall may no longer work in winter. To combat a dry, itchy scalp, switch to a more hydrating shampoo and conditioner. If that does not fix it after a week, try using a strong product like a Moroccan oil scalp treatment. Use a medicated shampoo that specifically stops dandruff if you still cannot get rid of the flakes.
7. Soak in a milk bath.
One of the nicest luxuries in the winter is taking an extra hot bath. Add two cups powdered whole milk and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your next bath. The higher the fat content of the milk, the better it is for your skin.
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