It is not just the cold to contend with; heat & wind are also aggressors that contribute to skin that feels and looks dry and lack lustre.
To protect your skin in the weather, it needs to be guarded and protected, just like the rest of your body. Protective layers, TLC and barriers will get your skin through whatever winter may throw at it.
- Don't over cleanse or scrub the skin. It has enough to deal with without one stripping the living lipids off your skin.
- If you do scrub, replace the lipid barrier with a lipid serum. It's the kindest thing to do.
- Your night creme is critical, now that furnaces or radiators are blasting out water-sucking hot air.
- If your hair is standing on end from static electricity, do-not- skip-your-night creme. Ever.
- Lips; reapply lip balm, wear lipstick or lip serums that condition lips that naturally lack protective lipids.
No lip protection and your lips will look like they belong to an Antartica Trek veteran.
- Listen to the weather man/woman or your mother. Cover up with a scarf and hat. Freezing skin is a problem and severe temps can stress delicate capillaries. Rosy cheeks are blood vessels working over time.
- Hands take a beating. Nails are more brittle. Shorten nails to a 'hibernation length', hand creme and gloves go on when the temp dips below double digits (Celsius). That would be 40F for our neighbors south.
- Drink water. Lots of it.
- Moisturize your legs or household dust may increase. Yes, that would be your profusely shedding dead skin cells floating in the sunlit air after peeling off the tights. Moisturizers will help and keep the dreaded winter- shin itch at bay.
The winter won't last for ever (depending where you live).Tending your epidermis through the long winter months can fill an hour during cabin fever and you will realize nice skin for that first hint of summer.