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Skincare in the Winter

Updated on April 1, 2015

Harsh winter conditions can dry out skin.

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As temperature dips, and the air gets cooler and oftentimes drier, the skin may suffer winter blues—dry, flaky and even itchy. It doesn’t help that the fire or the heater in the house used to keep us warm is also working overtime to dry our skin out. There is no escape—the winter wind outside, the low humidity, the harsh UV rays reflecting off snow and winter landscape can conspire to rob the skin of moisture and suppleness. Moisturizers and skincare routine that work in the warmer months may have to make way for more informed skincare routine. Here are some winter skincare tips to help you maintain happy skin:

Moisturize

If you moisturize on a regular basis—you need to take that routine to a higher level. To battle the drying effects of winter conditions, there are two main types of moisturizers that work to keep your skin supple. One goes by the broad category of humectants. They work by attracting water molecules to the skin, thereby keeping the skin moisturized. Generally, lightweight lotions contain more humectants than heavier creams. Substances such as glycerine, urea, sorbitol, alpha-hydroxy acids and hyaluronic acids work as humectants.

The other type works to form a protective layer to keep moisture in. They fall under the broad category of emollients and they’re generally considered “ointment” type of moisturizers, since they’re oil-based rather than water-based. Most night creams are oil-based and if you have extremely dry skin, you may want to consider using moisturizers with emollients. Look for nonclogging oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, almond oil and shea butter.

If you’re not a fan of fancy moisturizers, you may want to consider essential oils. Nourishing essential oils include borage, myrrh, argan, rose hip and frankincense.

UV Protection

Just because the temperature is cooler doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re free from the harsh effects of UV  radiation from the sun. In some instances, the danger is even higher. Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays compared to 20% for sand and surf.  That can result in skin damage. Love your skin? Slather on some sunscreen. Choose one with a broad spectrum (at least SPF 15) to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.  Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply whenever necessary. And don’t forget sunglasses, hats and scarf—they offer protection as well.

Protect your skin (& your kid's) when doing winter sports.

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Be Good to Your Body

Ever notice your hands dry out even more during the colder months? The truth is the skin on your hands is thinner than most parts of the body and it also have fewer oil glands. That spells double jeopardy. Your hands may itch or you may find that it’s rough and flaky. Apply moisturizer generously and wear gloves when you venture outside.

Your feet may need extra attention at this time too. Winter feet can be unsightly with cracks and dried out skin. Since your feet are unlikely to get acne with heavier cream, this is one area you can slather on heavy duty moisturizers without fear of repercussion. Look for lotions containing petroleum jelly or glycerine. And if you exfoliate the dead skin on your feet, you get more moisturizing mileage.

How about those lips? Don’t forget to protect them as well. Apply lip balm or treatments containing emollients—jojoba, avocado oil, mango oil, pomegranate extracts, shea butter --to preserve the beautiful pout.

While you’re working hard to keep extremities and extensions of the body moisturized, don’t forget to pamper the body as well. Moisturize well and it’s best to apply lotions or creams right after your shower. While we’re on the topic of showers, keep them short and avoid extremely hot water as they can zap your skin of moisture. Pat dry and apply moisturizers right away to seal in moisture.

Hydrate

Just like you would water a plant to keep it alive and looking green, drinking adequate amount of water (6 to 8 glasses) a day is even more important in the winter months. To combat the problem further, hydrate the air around you. A humidifier can do that. Choose one that can increase the indoor moisture level by 40 to 50%. Surrounding yourself with indoor plants help too.

Diet

It’s a good thing whenever food can be utilized for health purposes, as is the case here. What you eat can determine the health of your skin and winter months call for more conscious effort to eat right. Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can maintain skin’s natural ability to act as an oil barrier to the harsh winter conditions. If you’re wondering what foods are high in omega-3 fatty acids—here’s the list: cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, herring, halibut, sardines and mackerels; flaxseed, nuts and certain oils such as olive oil, safflower oil and grapeseed oil.

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    Thanks, Jimmy, keep warm and put these tips to work.

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    Jimmy432 4 years ago

    Brace yourself, the winter is coming! :D

    Love the tips though, keep up the good work!

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Thanks, Generic, for your comments.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, hellomysunshine, for commenting. I'm going over to check out your hubs.

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    Hellomysunshine 7 years ago

    This is true! Great tips! Thank you. Hope you check my hubs out! I'd love if you did. Thanks. :)

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, prasetio, for rating it up. Blessing and hugs too. Have a wonderful new year!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, chirls. The humidifer definitely helps a lot.

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Good information from you. I thought we have to care about our skin, even in winter. Thanks for share with us. You have wonderful presentation. Keep on writing. Rating up. Happy New Year.

    Blessing and hugs,

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    chirls 7 years ago from Indiana (for now)

    Great hub! This is so necessary in a Midwest US winter! I love my humidifier and my body shop cocnut shower cream this time of year. Thanks for the tips.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, Carrie, for your kind words. Have a good day!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, Wendy Krick!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Good to see u again, Jim. Winter can be harsh on our skin. I've to moisturize my skin extra during this time to prevent itch. Thanks for dropping by.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, Jennifer, for your comments.

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    carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

    Thank you for these tips anglnwu. They are very helpful and nicely written.

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    Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

    Great Tips!

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    jim10 7 years ago from ma

    Thanks for the great tips. Two of my sons seem to have eczema that only shows up in the winter.

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    Jennifer Lopez 7 years ago

    Nice information, many thanks to the author. It is incomprehensible to me now but in general, the usefulness and significance is overwhelming. Thanks again and good luck!

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    Jennifer Lopez 7 years ago

    Nice information, many thanks to the author. It is incomprehensible to me now but in general, the usefulness and significance is overwhelming. Thanks again and good luck!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, Simon, for dropping by to comment.

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    Simon 7 years ago

    Nice tipps! Thank :))

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, 2patricias, for adding a link to your website. I've checked it out and it looks cool. Will visit from time to time to check out your latest update:)

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    2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    This is a fantastic hub. We've rated it up. You have covered the topic so well that we are adding a link from our website to this hub.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, Stephhicks, for rating it up. I'm glad you find it useful:)

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    Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Very helpful!! I live in a place that gets lots of snow, but is cold and dry. I tend to get dry lips and dry skin and my kids do too. Rated up and helpful!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, dallas, for dropping by.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Good to see u again, fucsia. Thanks for commenting.

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    Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Great to know...

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    fucsia 7 years ago

    My skin is sensitive and dry. Winter is always a hard period for it! Here I have found many useful information. Thank you!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, kartinasui, good to see you again and thanks for the comments.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Thanks, Pamela for being the first to comment. I agree winter definitely requires more work on keeping our skin healthy and supple.

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    katrinasui 7 years ago

    Great Hub with a lot of good information. Dry skin requires more care in winter.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Great information of skin care in the winter. You have a lot of good information in this hub. I have dry skin and it always requires more work in the winter. Thanks.

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