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Not everyone’s skin reacts the same way to winter weather conditions, but for many, the dip in temperatures and lower humidity (both indoors and outside), can magnify dry, flaky skin, as well as redness and sensitivity. Even people with oily skin can be challenged by winter weather as their skin may feel more dehydrated, uncomfortable, or tight underneath but still look and feel oily on the surface.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen Don’t give up your sunscreen during winter months. Even if you’re going to be indoors for most of the time, you still need sunscreen because the harmful UVA rays of the sun come through windows. The best daytime moisturisers combine state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, hydrators, and SPF all in one.
Don’t Go For Long Hot Showers Avoid taking long, hot showers, baths, or spending a lot of time in a sauna or hot tub. Although it certainly can feel relaxing, prolonged exposure to hot water and steam can deplete the key substances skin needs to resist stubborn signs of dryness.
Keep Bar Soaps At Bay Ditch bar soaps which are known to be drying and swap in a creamy body wash. Try your best to find a fragrance-free formula (fragrance is a sneaky irritant that weakens skin and makes it more susceptible to dryness).
Go For Thicker Emollient Body Creams Replace lighter weight body lotions with richer, more emollient body creams. For rough patches of skin (like on elbows, knees and feet) spot treat those areas with the same BHA exfoliant mentioned above and follow up with your body cream.
Keep An Emollient Lip Balm Handy Struggling with dry lips? Apply a rich, extremely emollient lip balm every single night before you go to bed. Lips dry out as we sleep (especially if you’re a mouth breather or drooler), so protecting them with a moisture-locking balm makes a huge difference and sets the tone for how hydrated your lips will feel the next day. Just make sure your lip products don’t contain any irritating ingredients like essential oils, fragrance, or mint.
Consider Getting A Humidifier Consider using a humidifier at your home (e.g. in your bedroom or your home office) to increase moisture levels in the air.
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