With the cold winter temperatures outside and the warm indoor temperatures, maintaining a healthy skin regimen can be difficult, even when we have the best of intentions. Here are a few mistakes we can try to avoid to keep our skin soft and glowing:

 

Lingering in a hot shower or bath

While there is nothing more cozy than warming up in a nice hot shower or bath, temperatures that are too high can compromise the skin’s lipid layer that holds moisture leading to dryer skin. Try to keep your baths or showers to less than 15 minutes.

 

Over Exfoliating:

Removing dead skin cells gives us a clearly complexion; however, doing it too often or too harshly can do more harm than good. Over exfoliation can lead to increased flaking, burning, redness and blemishes. I recommend exfoliating 2-3 times per week.

 

Using the same skin routine:

Use a more hydrating moisturizer in the winter months. I recommend using thicker, more hydrating night creams during the day instead of lotions. Try to use your moisturizer 3-5 minutes after you have washed.

 

Forgetting SPF

Harmful UV rays can still penetrate our skin even when there is no sun to be seen. Regardless of your skin type using a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or more all year round helps prevent serious damage. Using a moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF will help to keep your face protected.

 

Do not forget your lips or hands!

Use a lip balm that is viscous rather than waxy. Stay away from scented lip balms or anything that contains lanolin.

Using antibacterial soaps can be drying on the hands. Use a mild creamy cleanser and re-apply hand cream after each wash. Shea butter hand soap and Neutragena hand cream with SPF are my favorites. Give your hands an extra boost by moisturizing at night and wearing gloves to help absorption.

 

Dehydration

Hydrate your body and your skin by drinking more fluids. Add a humidifier to your home to help put moisture into the air.

 

Winter does not mean dull skin but just a little more attention and small changes to your routine.