Your skin faces different issues in the winter versus in the summer, spring or fall, depending on where you live. If your complexion gets hit with new issues when the cold air blows in, you need to know how to deal with these common changes. Here are some of the top issues your skin faces in the winter and how to stop them quickly and easily:
- If you have fair skin, you might still get sunburned or get sun damage in the winter.1 Arm yourself with at least an SPF 30 and apply daily to exposed skin. Wear sunglasses if you need to as well.
- If your skin gets very dry, you need to change up your moisturizing routine. Switch to a heavier cream or ointment and put away any lightweight products that contain water or alcohol. Hot showers can be a luxury in the winter, but don’t let the water burn you because it will just exacerbate dry skin. Don’t forget to start using a heavy-duty hand cream too because your hands most commonly can become dry and cracked.1
- If your skin is becoming dull and flaky, exfoliate more often. Make sure to moisturize well after because sometimes exfoliating can lead to dry skin as well.1
- If you have combination skin, it can be hard to find products that work well for you. Simply keep applying your light moisturizer to your oily areas and use a heavier cream on your dry areas. If your skin gets very dry in certain areas, try using a petroleum jelly in the evening.1
- If you get dry, chapped and cracked lips, switch to an ointment or heavy-duty lip balm that contains ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamins A and E, beeswax, petrolatum or dimethicone. You can also try exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub before you moisturize.1
- If your skin is very sensitive and becomes red and raw in the unforgiving winter air, look for products that do not contain any harsh ingredients. Avoid colors, fragrances and lots of chemicals on your most sensitive areas.1
- If you have eczema or psoriasis and are prone to winter flare-ups, keep your skin moist. You may also want to see your doctor to get a stronger cream or medication.1
- Lastly, to deal with dry air as you spend more time indoors, use a humidifier and make sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and avoiding too much alcohol and caffeine.1
What skin issues do you face in the winter months? What steps do you take to heal them? Let us know by commenting below!
1 – From Health.com