Over the cold, wet winter months, many of us find that issues with our skin get worse. The combination of the harsh weather outside, and the use of central heating inside, can exacerbate issues of dryness, roughness, and discomfort. If you’re struggling with your skin this winter, check out these tips on how to restore moisture and ensure that your skin remains smooth and supple.
Use an Exfoliator
You can exfoliate your skin manually (by using a rough washcloth or a product with microbeads in it), but many people find this method increases redness and soreness. Try an acid exfoliator instead, and start on a low dose before building up. Products that include salicylic or glycolic acid will remove the top layer of dead skin cells (which can often make dryness and roughness worse) without scrubbing or damaging your skin.
Shower With Care
With the cold temperatures outside, it can be tempting to turn up the shower as hot as it will go. However, hot water is one of the main causes of dry, rough skin, so avoid this temptation and try and keep the shower at a medium setting. When you’re toweling off, don’t rub or scrub at your skin with the towel, pat dry instead to avoid rubbing or causing soreness.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Busy work schedules and social events can mean that we skip some beauty and health treatments, but during the winter you can’t miss moisturizing. Skin is quickly sapped of its moisture by the harsher climate and indoor heating, so make moisturizing a daily event and this will help to keep your skin happy and content.