ImageWith the heaters roaring and the wind blowing in our faces, winter is not the friendliest season to your skin. Here are some tips on keeping your skin great in the winter months.

Moisturize: Seek an oil-based rather than water-based moisturizer, as the oil will form a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than lotions or creams. Many “night creams” will have this composition. Look for oils suitable for the face, nonclogging oils like avocado oil, primrose oil, or check for humectants, substances like glycerine or sorbitol that attract moisture to your skin.

Sunscreen: Winter sun can still damage your skin, especially when considering snow glare. Keep that broad spectrum formula in your skin routine, and don’t forget to reapply over long periods of time.

Hydration: Keep yourself hydrated this winter! Turn on the humidifiers to keep your skin from drying out and avoid using masks, peels, toners with alcohol and astringents, which can remove vital oils from the skin. Instead, use cleansing milk, mild foaming cleansers, alcohol-free toners or masks that are deeply hydrating.

Shower Advice: Limit hot baths and showers to five minutes and only wash once a day. Use warm water rather than hot. Hot water breaks down the lipid barriers on skin, leading to moisture loss. If your skin is dry to the point of being itchy, you can take lukewarm baths with baking soda or oatmeal. Use milder soaps or liquid cleansers in the winter, and use less of it.

Sources: WebMD, Huffington Post

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