Use a sunscreen daily
Many women mistakenly believe that their skin doesn’t need sunscreens in winter. In fact, sun is rather harmful to your skin all year round, and in winter the harmful effect is just reinforced by cold temperatures and wind. Unless you apply a sunscreen, you can get a burn even in winter. If your everyday cream doesn’t contain SPF, consider buying sunscreens with SPF 15 and higher. Sunscreens are essential if you spend a lot of time outdoors working or exercising. Make sure you apply your sunscreen at least half an hour before you go outdoors.
Don’t forget about your gloves
Gloves are often a very neglected and underrated item, thus most people decide to put on gloves only when the temperatures turn extremely cold. However, you should wear gloves during fall and winter seasons to protect your skin against redness, frostbite and roughness. The skin on your hands is much more sensitive and vulnerable during the cold winter months, so they need more moisturizing and nourishing than ever. For a better effect you can apply your hand cream before wearing gloves.
Take short showers
A long hot shower is really what I love and need in winter, but the truth is that hot showers are very harmful to the skin as well as soaking in a hot tub. Hot water promotes excess dryness and dehydration; it removes the upper protective layer of your skin and make it more vulnerable to irritants. Even if you have oily skin you’d better avoid using soaps. Instead, opt for nourishing shower gels and apply body creams and moisturizers right after you take a shower. Consider reducing your shower time and opt for lukewarm water while taking a bath.
Don’t wait until your hands and face become dry and scaly! You should start using moisturizers when the thermometer shows sub-zero temperatures. Pay special attention to your hands. Applying a hand moisturizer twice a day may be insufficient. Ideally, you should use hand creams 5 or 6 times a day, depending on your skin type. While you have a tube of a moisturizer in your bath, it’s also necessary that you carry a hand cream in your handbag and use it each time you wash your hands.
Reconsider your diet
You know that your skin reflects your health, thus it’s directly connected with your diet and nutrition. Have you ever noticed that your skin becomes sallow and flaky in winter? Perhaps, you need to reconsider your everyday diet and alter your eating habits. During a cold season your body requires more fats, that’s why you should skip a low-calorie diet and increase your intake of veggies, fish, dairy products and healthy fats. Sticking to a healthy diet will make your skin radiant and healthy and help you lose some pounds. Increase the consumption of citrus fruits, greens and seafood as well. Not only will it provide a protection against dryness and peeling, it will also slow down aging processes and reduce small wrinkles.