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8 Potential Ways to Protect Your Skin Health During Winter

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While some of us associate winter with freezing cold weather, the flu, cough or decreased happiness, others find peace in winter visualising themselves sitting by the fire, having christmas dinner with family or watching the snowfall from the window.

You might be either in the first group who dislike winter or in the latter who find peace and happiness in winter. But what certain is that winter can take a toll on your skin unless you take necessary precautions.

Cold weather and wind can dry your skin out. Moreover, dry indoor air makes the situation worse by drawing the moisture away from your skin. And, things can be tougher if your skin is already prone to get dry.

Excessive dryness that can befall individuals especially in winter months can cause redness, cracking, itchiness, inflammation. Furthermore, due to dry skin eczema flare-ups may become more frequent in winter, according to Healthline.

To be able to avoid these types of skin conditions in the harsh winter months, you should take good care of your skin.

In this article, we compiled 8 ways that will help you protect your skin health in winter months.


1- Cleanse Your Skin

It can be hard to realise that your skin is exposed to more pollutants in winter compared to summer months. The reason that the skin surface gets polluted more in winter can be attributed to certain factors such as increased fossil fuel use, cigarette smoke exposure or spending more time indoors.

These pollutants harm your skin quality by clogging your skin pores unless removed from the skin. Clogged skin pores diminish oxygen intake and so cause dull and pale appearance.

Therefore, skin cleansing must be your priority in cold months. But, in the meantime, what you need to be careful about is that the cleanser you will use to cleanse your skin should not dry out your skin.


2- Use Moisturisers

As mentioned above, in the harsh winter weathers it is virtually impossible to avoid skin dryness. Even those who have oily skin can experience skin cracks and inflammation due to skin dryness. Therefore, it is vital to keep the skin moisturised to avoid skin problems throughout the cold months. 

Especially, your face, hands and lips are susceptible to get dry in harsh winter conditions. To keep them moisturised, use moisturizing products frequently throughout the day. And, make sure these products are suitable for your skin type, your age and optimal for the season.

According to experts; applying a skin moisturiser after taking shower is an effective way to avoid dry skin. 


3-  Use a Humidifier at Home


In winter months, it is a necessity to turn the heating on to stay warm. However, heating tools also decrease indoor humidity. This, in turn, draws the moisture from your skin and leaves the skin dry.

Therefore, using a humidifier, like one in the picture, can be a great idea to add moisture to the indoor air.

If purchasing a humidifier is luxury for you, then you can opt for a time-honoured practice. Put a bowl of water on or in front of your heater, the heat will evaporate the water and provide extra moisture to the air.


4- Consume more Vitamin C and A 

As a person who cares about his/her skin, you already know how important diet is for your skin health. But, healthy food choices in winter can be more important for your skin health in winter’s harsh conditions.

Experts recommend increasing vitamin C and vitamin A intake during winter to maintain skin health. 

Vitamin C can provide moisture to your skin and also help your body to fight against free radicals that harm the skin cells. So, opt for vitamin C rich foods in winter months such as broccoli, orange, parsley, mandarin to name but a few.

On the other hand vitamin A prevent the moisture from evaporating. That is why vitamin A intake may play a great role in avoiding skin dryness. Eggs, carrots, spinach, milk are only a few examples of foods that are rich in vitamin A.


5- Shower Rules

A few things would be better than taking a prolonged shower with hot water on a cold winter day. While conceding the fact that taking a hot shower is calming, we also need to underline that a long shower with hot water can wreak havoc on your skin.

Showering in hot water more than 10 minutes can cause redness, itchiness and also disrupt your skin’s natural balance of moisture, as stated in the report. What’s more, hot shower can rob your skin’s natural oil.

The suggestion is ” take shower for 5-10 minutes with lukewarm water ” to avoid skin problems in winter months. And, use an ideal moisturiser after the bath, as mentioned above.


6 – Use Sunscreen

There is a misconception that sunscreen creams should only be used in the summer. But, in reality, UV rays can take a toll on your skin even in dark, muddy or overcast weather in winter days by permeating clouds.

To avoid this, don’t forget to apply sunscreen on exposed skin. Bear in mind that, these harmful UV rays can also bring about wrinkles and skin blemishes.


7- Wear Gloves

We have said that the hands are the areas most susceptible to drying, especially in winter, along with the lips and face.

So, it is important to protect the hands from cold weather with gloves. Because, exposure to severe cold can lead to tissue damages and narrowed skin vessels which can cause bruising, pain and itching in the skin.

Also, make sure, your gloves are comfortable and non-irritating


8- Stay Hydrated

Not only for your skin health but also your overall health and well-being, drinking sufficient amount of water is rather important.

Related to our topic, water is crucial for skin to remain hydrated, and to avoid skin ailments such as chapped skin and skin peeling.

Stay hydrated during the day for the sake of your skin!!

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