As you might already know, one of the biggest issues in regards to beauty during the winter is having dry skin. The chilly, dry air of winter can really take a toll on your skin if you don’t add in hydration and moisture.
Here are some things to do’s and don’ts to help keep your skin moisturized and hydrated to your skin during the cold, winter months.
Do Wear Sunscreen Daily
Many people, myself included, think that they don’t need to protect themselves from the sun in the winter, but this is a common mistake. During the day, the sun is out and the UV rays can harm your skin whether it looks sunny and feels hot or not. Make sure you never leave the house without sunscreen on, whether you use a sunscreen under your makeup, or you switch to a face moisturizer that has SPF in it. Either way, you are helping to protect your skin, which is going to help you keep it hydrated.
Don’t Forget About Your Lips
Your lips are another area of your skin that you might not pay much attention to. This is an important don’t, since it is often missed and chapped lips are NEVER a good thing. The dry air can do a lot of damage to your lips. The natural moisture there is dried rather quickly in the winter, but you can keep them healthy and moisturized with some good lip balm. Again, wear it every day just like with sunscreen, even if you don’t currently have any problem with your lips. This helps to prevent dryness and cracking before it becomes a problem.
Do Cleanse and Moisturize
Basic skin care should still follow in the coming cold, winter months. Whether you live in a mild or colder climate, the temperatures are still going to drop and affect your skin. You should still wash your face twice a day, though you might want to switch to a gentle cleanser since your skin will be a little more sensitive than in other months. Also make sure you are using a moisturizer on your face twice a day, in the morning and at night.
Don’t Use Hot Water
When you are washing your face, avoid using hot water. You want the water to be as close to cool as you can stand. If it is cold in your house, the last thing you want to do is shock your skin with ice cold water. Instead, try a lightly warm or lukewarm water. I know hot water feels good on your face, especially in the morning, but Don’t use it If it is too hot, it will strip your skin of its natural moisture, leading to drying.