How to Prepare Your Skin For Winter
5 ways to prepare your skin for winter by Shmutzies, the natural soap people of Newtown PA
The calendar has barely crept into October but in much of the country, it already feels like winter is coming. And in many ways, it is. Winter, with snow, dry air and freezing temperatures leaves surroundings cracked and bleak. But our skin, often a casualty of similar forces doesn’t have to end up the same way.
The change of seasons is always a stress on the skin and body in general. Even indoor air can leave skin parched because it tends to lack natural moisture. Add the stress of the holidays, including eating and drinking to extremes, and your skin just has added challenges.
Here are some tips to help prepare your skin for winter’s assault:
Switch from lotion to cream
When you switch your seasonal wardrobes, it’s a good idea to do the same with your skin emollient. Use creams, which are typically more moisturizing, instead of lotions, which don’t provide as strong an oily barrier to reduce water loss in the skin. Creams feel heavier on the skin, but they do a much better job at protecting against temperature and humidity extremes.
Take shorter showers
Ironically, the very things that make us feel good in the moment, such as long, hot showers or baths, can leave our skin crying out for moisture over the longer term. Opt for shorter, more lukewarm baths and showers and pat your skin dry afterward, following up quickly with a layer of moisturizer from head to toe.
Don’t skip sunscreen
Though we’re less exposed to sun in winter, that doesn’t mean we can stop protecting our skin from its rays altogether. Some skin creams have sunscreen built in.
Stay ahead of stressors
As bleak as it may seem, winter brings a bevy of holidays that can be fun to celebrate but are harsh on the skin. Some people know that stress will bring on certain skin ills, such as acne or cold sores, so they should treat skin with topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide before problems erupt. Stress in general can do something to the body where it can make any skin problem a little bit work. It’s not necessarily the reason you break out but it’s one of the factors.
Most people wait until temperatures turn frigid before donning gloves, but you should wear them as soon as the weather gets colder and every day until spring. This is because even minor skin chapping on the hands can turn into fissures that become infected. The same holds true for your lips, which should always be cover with lip balm.
When you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you. Protecting your skin will inevitably help your skin protect your inner self, your organs and blood and all the other things that make you tick. Using natural products is another prudent way to protect your skin. The natural ingredients in these products are good for your skin and don’t contain harsh preservatives and chemicals that can ultimately damage your skin and make it dry and flaky.