Winter is almost here, and with it comes cold, dry air that saps moisture from the skin. While the air can be soothing after a hot, humid summer, it can be damaging when temperatures drop. Dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable. It can also be more prone to developing cracks and blisters. Here are a few tips to take care of your skin this winter.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate clouds, so apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of the skin every day. Even on a cloudy day, it is recommended you apply sunscreen with an SPF. Paraben-free formulas are recommended because they may irritate sensitive skin. If you have very dry skin, you should opt for a non-comedogenic formula that won’t clog pores and cause breakouts. Also, look for sunscreens that are water-resistant and sport an SPF of at least 30. These sunscreens are formulated to last longer and won’t rinse off when you encounter water.
When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it not only ages faster but can develop skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and melanoma is the fatal form. It is important to wear protective clothing outdoors when UV radiation levels are high. You should also avoid indoor tanning beds. The UV rays emitted from tanning beds are just as bad for you as direct sunlight is. To avoid premature aging and cancer of the skin, it is best to use sunblock regularly. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, it is a good idea to reapply your sunscreen every two hours or as directed on the bottle. Consult with your dermatologist about the best types of sunscreens for your specific needs.
Our lips are particularly vulnerable to sun damage because the soft tissue of the lips is very thin. Besides, they can also crack very easily. Wrinkles can form around your mouth more easily than anywhere else on the face due to sun exposure which will lead to premature aging. Lip balm with SPF can protect the delicate skin of the lips from the sun’s harmful rays. Wear lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 every day to protect your lips from sunburns. You can also wear lipstick or lip gloss that has at least an SPF of 10 for extra protection.
If your hands are dry, cracked, or reddened, you might benefit from moisturizers. Your skin needs moisture, even in winter. Apply moisturizer after washing your face in the morning and at night before bed. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid to replenish the moisture your skin loses throughout the day.
Consider using an overnight face mask once a week to give your skin an extra boost of hydration. These masks come in a variety of formulas and may be applied daily depending on your skin type.
The heat can dry out your skin, so it’s best to use warm instead of hot water for your showers and baths. Limit your bath or shower time to around 10 minutes to help preserve your skin’s natural oils. After bathing, pat yourself dry gently with a towel rather than rubbing your skin. Rubbing can create irritation and cause more redness on your skin.
If your skin feels tight after a bath or shower, apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture. For extra hydration, try applying coconut oil to your skin after your bath and allowing it to soak in for 20 minutes.
It is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This is to prevent getting dehydrated.
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