Cold Weather Skin Care
Cold weather is tough on skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air that robe moisture away from the skin. Dry indoor heat can make the problem worse and lead to cracked and even bleeding skin. Without the proper care, skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may also flare up during these cold, dry months.
Proper skin care (from both the inside and outside), can counteract these effects and keep your skin healthy and youthful. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking its best in the cold weather. Many of them apply year-round.
1. Facial Cleanser
Every good skin care routine starts with a fresh slate—meaning washing your face should be a non-negotiable part of your beauty regimen, no matter the time of year. During cold weather, however, it’s important to make sure you’re not causing undue dryness by using a harsh cleanser. Instead, reach for one that soothes and hydrates, like micellar water. Micellar water is a gentle no-rinse cleansing option that removes everyday impurities from skin’s surface without over-drying. Saturate a cotton pad with Micellar Cleansing Water Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin and wipe it across your face. That’s all there is to it! Pick your preferred brand of Micellar water from either Chandarana Foodplus or Goodlife Pharmacy.
It is said the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still damp because this helps lock in moisture. That’s easy enough to start doing, right? Simply slather on your face and body lotions after cleansing or taking a shower. As for what to use for your moisturizer, try the Epimax Cream Emollient Moisturiser: A pure cetomacrogol and glycerine emollient cream for all skin types and dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. You can grab a tub from Goodlife Pharmacy or Chandarana Foodplus.
3. Hand cream
Be honest: How much attention do you pay to your hands? Often, you’ll moisturize your face because it receives the brunt of wintry weather, but what about your hands? They’re out in the elements, too—and frequent hand-washing and current frequent use of alcohol-based sanitizers can cause them to dry out. Be sure to toss a thick, rich hand cream into your purse (and keep one on your bedside table as well!) so that you can moisturize on the go. We recommend the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Multi-Purpose Balm Cream – Hands, Face & Body with Shea Butter suitable for dry skin irritations for adults, children, and babies. This is available at Goodlife Pharmacy and currently discounted.
According to the Mayo Clinic, many soaps can strip your skin of moisture. In the cold season, be sure to stock your bathroom and shower with fragrance-free, hydrating soaps and body washes instead of harsh ones. Try the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Soap available at Goodlife Pharmacy. This soap is able to thoroughly cleanse away dirt and dead skin cells, leaving you feeling oh-so refreshed and moisturized. Infused with Frankincense and Myrrh Extracts for glowing skin.
5. Perfect Your Pout
For the final touch of your winter-approved makeup routine, exfoliate and hydrate your lips. Just like the skin on the rest of your face and body, your lips may feel dry during the winter. So, go ahead and pamper them with the Vaseline Lip Therapy available at Goodlife Pharmacy or Nivea hydrating lip balm.
While the right products help, you can do more to treat your skin. Here are some tips to help reduce chapping, irritation and keep your skin healthy and comfortable.
6. Consume lots of Veggies and Fruits
Your skin (and body generally) needs the vitamins and minerals in vegetables, such as Vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, and selenium, to stay healthy and moisturized. The salts in vegetables and fruits will also help you retain more water and stay hydrated. Furthermore, the antioxidants in fruits and veggies help fight free-radical damage and aging. Base your diet on vegetables, but limit the fruit, as the sugar in fruit can cause inflammation and be hard on your body and skin. Come on over to Chandarana Foodplus and sample their variety of vegetables and fruits.
7. Eat Healthy Fats and Especially Enough Omega-3 Fats
The best way to keep your skin supple and soft is to moisturize from the inside! Your skin needs fat to stay pliable, flexible, and healthy. Eating whole foods naturally filled with fats will help dramatically: eggs, nuts, chia seeds, avocados, lean meats like fish, turkey, chicken, or beef, some whole yogurt and cheese, even butter, and maybe a little milk (not a lot of milk as the lactose can be difficult on skin, and of course not milk if your body disagrees with it). Even lactose intolerant people should be able to handle a little bit of yogurt and cheese that are well-fermented, which reduces the amount of lactose (in general: solid yogurt and sharper/aged cheeses will have less lactose than creamy yogurt and younger, sweeter cheeses). Even better Chandarana Foodplus has got you covered with all these items and while at it, enjoy the variety of cheese they offer.
8. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Water of course will help you stay hydrated, and drinking more will especially help if you don’t usually drink enough. Drinking tea and fresh juices will also help you stay hydrated. Have you tried the vegetable and fruit juices by Smoothie Life? You are sure to have something to write about.
Exercise and sweating help to warm you up, clear your pores, and increase your circulation–delivering nutrients to your skin.
10. Cover Exposed Skin
This may be obvious, but clothes, gloves, scarfs, hats, etc. should cover as much exposed skin as possible when it is very cold, protecting you from the elements that sap valuable moisture from your largest body organ.
11. Avoid long, hot showers
While a hot bath or shower can feel amazing right now, it can strip your skin of vital oils. When possible, use warm or lukewarm water instead, including when you wash your face or hands.
12. Remove Makeup with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil works well to remove makeup, and does so without drying out your skin. It’s a win win; grab yourself a tub from Chandarana Foodplus or Goodlife Pharmacy and give it a try!
13. Know when to call on an expert
Seeing a dermatologist even once is a good investment. They can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using. They can also provide medication to address specific skin concerns when over-the-counter products aren’t working. And if you notice any concerning changes in your skin, it’s very important to see a dermatologist right away.
By following these tips and maintaining a positive skincare routine (and considering these changes for better skin health), you too can avoid common winter skin ailments and survive the cold weather with healthy, beautiful-looking and supple, smooth-feeling skin.