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tips for winter skin care

Updated on January 29, 2013

winter skin

very dry skin on the hand.
very dry skin on the hand. | Source
taking care of dry lips with  lip balm
taking care of dry lips with lip balm | Source

Winter Skin Care - Dry Air

Now that winter is here, heaters are on, more or less continuously, in most homes in the U.S. Expect some health and beauty problems with the resultant dry environment that need to be addressed with good winter skin care.

Skin can get dry, itchy and scaly and so irritated it can develop into eczema.

Chapped lips - the natural layer of oil that protects your lips gets dried out by the dry warm air, so they can get chapped, cracked, bleeding, swollen and painful. I know, that’s my yearly problem. Rub in some olive oil now and then and keep lip balm in your bag. Honey is good too. Rub it on with the olive oil for soft kissable lips.

What about scratchy, irritated, dry throats, the curse for many people in winter.

Fine wrinkles can also appear on your face and hands unless you take steps to prevent them. Good winter skin care is essential to protect this important organ of ours. Quite aside from the use of natural cosmetics, we have to humidify our homes.


Humidity reduces the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections and speeds recovery from the common cold. There are few things more comforting, when you have a cold, than breathing warm moist air. You sleep more comfortably and do not wake up with a nosebleed or a scratchy throat.

A home humidifier is a necessity, not a luxury. Humidifiers come in every price and size and preference range. Keep your home at the optimum 35% humidity as an integral part of good winter skin care.

A few of the commonly used and well known ones are Honeywell, Crane, Bionaire, Aprilaire, Vicks and HoMedics. I have had a cute orange Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier, for the past two winters and I am very happy with it. It is small, ideal for a single room up to 250 sq. feet. It works for up to 11 hours on one fill, on medium setting, putting out up to 0.9 gallons of cool mist for your comfort. I'm recovering from the flu and am really happy to have had it in my room. It's also whisper-quiet and easy to clean. I love it.

Help for a tired skin

Your skin, without the rejuvenating effects of the sun and normal summer activity, can get a bit tired and jaded in all that indoor artificial heat. Here’s a simple recipe I found from Women’s Health Magazine to brighten it:

2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix, rub gently in circular motions all over face for 1-2 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water. Use once a week. Moisturize.

Have a faithful skin care routine morning and night. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize.
Have a faithful skin care routine morning and night. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. | Source

Skin Care Routine.

Moisturizer at this season is more important than makeup. No amount of makeup will hide a dry, saggy, skin and will only make it look blotchy and unkempt. Use an oil-based moisturizer, as it forms a protective layer on your skin. Your foundation should be cream, not liquid, as it helps keep in the moisture.

Have a cleansing, toning (with a non-alcohol toner) and moisturizing routine morning and night as an integral part of your winter skin care regime. If you must use soap, use one without detergent. Soap containing emu oil and goat’s milk is a lovely, natural product to use. Emu oil is absorbed quickly and well to keep your skin soft and supple.

The Longview Farms emu oil and goat’s milk soap is American-made and sells at $4.31 for a 4-oz. bar. It comes in several natural scents: lilac, vanilla, rose, mint and bay rum.

Emu Oil Cream contains Omega-3 and 6, two essential fatty acids your body needs, and is non comedogenic (does not block your pores), and hypoallergenic. You can use it for your whole body. It even plumps up fine wrinkles. Apply it often. I do. I love the feel of it on my skin. Use an upward gentle movement from your neck to your forehead. Your neck and around the eyes are the most wrinkle-prone areas and should be foremost in your winter skin care. It is so pure that it is safe for babies too.

Emu oil has been used for many skin conditions because of its anti-inflammatory properties, besides being a wonderful beauty aid.

An Air Purifier Helps

Your skin would also love an air purifier and this is also very helpful to an asthmatic. Many companies make them, like Hamilton Beach, Whirlpool, Honeywell and Hoover. There are compact ones for small rooms, to whole house ones, priced from about $50 and up to over $2000!. The criteria for choosing one would be the square footage it covers, how many times per hour the air is filtered, the clean air delivery rate, how quietly it runs (especially in the sleep mode), how easy the controls are to use, how many fan speeds there are. Amazon normally has an amazing stock of them, usually cheaper than other stockists I’ve found, and often ship for free.

Drink enough water. Dry air causes dehydration.
Drink enough water. Dry air causes dehydration. | Source

Fluids, Outdoor Protection, Hot Baths.

Drink enough fluids daily, particularly if you are in a dry environment. Eat water-producing fruits and vegetables and limit intake of processed foods.

Out of doors, remember that cold dry air will suck moisture from your skin. Wear several layers, with cotton the innermost so your skin can breathe.

The sun reflecting off the snow will cause sunburn, so use sunscreen, at least SPF 30, as well as extra moisturizer under the sunscreen. Wear gloves to protect the delicate skin on your hands. The skin here is very thin and has few fat cells. It can quickly become chapped, cracked and painful.

Hot baths and showers are very dehydrating. Use warm water and limit yourself to a 15 minute wash. Soap using your fingertips instead of an abrasive cloth. Add a few drops of Emu Oil to your bath water. After your wash, apply a body lotion from your neck down to your feet. A cared-for skin will protect us from bacterial invasion.

You don't have to sacrifice beautiful hair in winter.
You don't have to sacrifice beautiful hair in winter. | Source

Beautiful Hair

Dry air is also hard on your hair and scalp, so use products that will nourish and support your beautiful hair. Most brands of shampoos and conditioners, the affordable ones, are often the toxic products of big companies like Proctor and Gamble. However, there are so many companies now that only use natural ingredients in hair care, and keep their prices reasonable, that you do not have to sacrifice your beautiful hair in winter.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is derived from coconut and palm oils. It is a safe, skin-friendly surfactant (foaming agent) for both skin and hair. This mild plant derived surfactant creates a rich, luxurious lather that effectively removes surface oil, dirt and bacteria, without stripping or drying sensitive skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is also attracted to water (hydrophilic), which enables it to dissolve more readily in water, thus providing superior rinseablility. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is a large molecule ingredient. Large molecule ingredients are considered to be mild, gentle, and non-irritating, as they cannot penetrate the skin.
In contrast, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a small molecule ingredient, and is capable of penetrating the skin, which can increase the occurrence of skin irritation and dermatitis.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetateis a functional and versatile foaming additive used in a multitude of commercial and handcrafted products such as bath bombs or fizzies, bubble bars, bath salts and more!

Copied from Allison Kontur,

Most common toxic chemicals in hair care.

Look for these toxic chemicals in the ingredients when you buy shampoos and conditioners.

Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) - possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products. Mostly used in conditioners, they degrade hair quality and restrict its growth, thus leading to hair loss. SLS can also lead to cataracts when absorbed into the skin even without direct contact with the eyes. The sulphates are added to soaps, shampoos and bubble bathes to make them foam. Skin irritants, they eat away at skin protection to cause rashes and infection. They clean by corrosion. Over the long term, they can cause liver toxicity. They concentrate in the eyes of children and affect their eye development.

Parabens - a preservative. It mimics estrogen (a female hormone) and stimulates breast cancer. This poison gets washed into sewer systems and has turned up in the fish we eat so we are involuntarily and unknowingly taking parabens into our system.

Formaldehyde - causes allergies, headaches and fatigue and weakens the immune system.

FD & C Color pigments - added to make the products look attractive. Cause nerve problems. Some contain coal tar, which is carcinogenic.

Isopropyl alcohol - found in color rinses and some hair lotions. Can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea .

Propylene glycol - a wetting agent. Penetrates the skin easily. Eats away the skin’s protein, causing it to sag.

Polyethylene glycol - a petroleum product, used in many personal care and cleaning products. Regular use may cause the skin to age prematurely.

Look for shampoos and conditioners without these chemicals and your beautiful hair will thank you.

Your Spring beauty
Your Spring beauty | Source

A healthy, glowing skin in Spring.

Armed with these few tips on how to care for your skin in winter, and with the help of home humidifiers, you will come through winter safely. Face spring with a healthy, glowing skin, your reward for having practised a good winter skin care routine.


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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Thanks so much, eHealer. My hands get like dinosaur hide in winter too, that's why they get some loving care with my emu oil. I have a jar handy year-round, for my face, neck and hands.

      Thanks for the support!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Mizjo, this is certainly interesting and helpful. Today is freezing and my hands are so dry I can barely type this comment to you! Lol. Will follow your advise, starting right now! Pinned and booked!

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hi, mcbirdbks, so glad you came by. Now you know, and you also know I'm kicking ass on my flu.

      Looking forward to joining your gang again soon in the bakery.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Well, I am prepared for winter skin now. Just stopped by to see what you were writing about.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hello, Diana, thank you for dropping by. Glad you like the hub. Thanks for the Vote and the Follow.

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks for sharing such great tips. Voted up.