The winter temperatures can be incredibly unforgiving to skin, so only a few weeks into the cold weather and your skin may already be screaming for some type of relief. While you should ideally make some changes before the cold temperatures come, it’s never too late to make them and improve the look and feel of your skin. The following tips can help you care for your skin in the bitter cold so you can feel more at ease right through the winter.
Moisturize Often Using the Right Products
It’s not enough to just moisturize, but you should also use the right products. First, it’s best to moisturize after a shower as well as after any time your skin gets wet, such as after you wash your hands. Additionally, during the fall and winter, consider opting for using a richer moisturizer that could provide better hydration during the bitter cold.
Cover Your Body
Even going out for just a minute could result in the bitter cold having a negative effect on your skin, so bundle up! We’re talking wearing a hat, putting on your hood, wearing insulated gloves, putting a scarf around your neck and up over your mouth so you can breathe into it, etc. A warm jacket and multiple layers help as well.
Use Lip Balm
One of the worst things about the bitter cold is when your lips get dry and start to crack, so then you lick them out of habit to try to add some moisture only that makes it worse. If you want to help protect your lips from the bitter cold, don’t forget your lip balm! Put one everywhere – in your coat pocket, car, etc – so you’ll never forget it.
Do Overnight Treatments
You may get to the point where you notice your feet and hands getting extra dry, cracked, and painful which is where overnight treatments come in. Slather on some healing ointment, put on cotton socks and gloves, then leave them on overnight to work their magic. You’ll likely have to do this for a few nights to notice a difference, but chances are you will notice how much better they look and feel.
Lastly, if you can help it, the best thing you can do is try and stay indoors more often when it’s cold outside. For example, instead of going to the grocery store, have your groceries delivered, and rather than pick up dinner, have it brought to your home. You can also plan ahead so any errands you have to do get done one day a week during the span of a few hours rather than scattered throughout different days.
Should you have any questions about how to better care for your skin in the cold as well as throughout the rest of the year, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. They can give you advice that’s ideal and tailored for your skin so there’s less guesswork involved on your part for how to best help your skin.