My skin care in Winter Wonderland
the perfect skin-care for winter
I love the winter season, especially when our little Grand-Duchy turns into a beautiful sparkling winter-wonderland. But unfortunately, the cold season doesn’t only bring rosy cheeks , sometimes it also brings us uncomfortable dryness to the skin, especially those parts of our body that are exposed the most to the cold , such as face, hands and also feet, even though we don’t walk around with bare-naked feet.
Before I found the perfect skin-care for winter, I had always a tight and dry feeling that was caused by indoor heating. Here are some useful tips to prevent dry and itchy skin:
1. See a Specialist:
If you suffer from a very dry skin to the extent that it results in eczema, you should see a specialist to get some professional advice on skin care products. If you don’t want to spend money on expensive products, tell your doctor that you have a low budget, because there are always some great ’’cheaper’’ products out there. What matters most is how you like its feel, not how light it makes your purse.
2. Get a Moisturizer:
In spring or summer you are more likely to opt for an oil-free moisturizer as you don’t want to glow like a bacon rind on the beach. But as season changes, weather conditions do as well. Therefor you better get a ‚ointment‘-moisturizer that contains oil.
This will protect your skin with a thin layer and retain more moisture than a cream, lotion or a water-based moisturizer. Caution: not all oils are appropriate for your face. Look for ingredients such as avocado, mineral, primrose or almond oil. No shea or butter because it can clog your facial pores.
3. Sun cream:
Yes sun cream… It’s not only for summertime. Winter sun, combined with snow glare, can damage your skin. Those of you who have been sun-burned in their winter-holidays while snowboarding or skiing know what I am talking about… Yes, you will come home with that albino-raccoon-look and everybody knows where you have been over the holidays. Apply your cream about 30min before leaving the house and reapply it frequently if you stay in the snow/sun for a longer time.
Yes we all hated gloves back in the days… especially the ‚boxing‘-gloves, how I used to call them. But you are doing your hands a big favour because the skin on your hands is much thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. Especially in winter this can lead to very itchy and cracking dry hands.
5. No wet gloves or socks:
Unless you want to get a very bad flue, don’t wear wet gloves or socks. Plus they irritate your skin and cause itching and in worst cases even lead to eczema.
Putting on the heat after a long cold day outside sounds great right? Snuggling up in a blanket makes it even better. But don’t forget to buy a humidifier to moisture the air. This can help prevent your skin and contact lenses from drying out. (The struggle with dry contact lenses is real my friends) and avoids getting headaches because of the dry air. If you’re living in a small apartment, a small humidifier is fair enough.
7. Hydrate your health:
It’s important to hydrate your skin, but it’s also important to hydrate your health. Exactly!
You have to drink water, even in winter. And don’t believe the myth that when you drink a lot of water your skin will look-a-like. Maybe at the beginning you will have a little water retention as your body isn’t used to the amount of water, but very soon it will start to cleanse your body and your skin from the inside,
I hope these tops make the winter season a bit more attractive to you, and most of all, to your skin.
Have a joyful season.