5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy During the Winter
Say farewell to dry, rough and scaly winter skin. As soon as hot, sunny days start giving way to the crisp and chill of fall, take preventative action to safeguard yourself. Your skin will thank you.
Strive to keep your water intake consistent regardless of the weather. Most people consume more water during the summer than at other times of the year. They tend to become particularly lax about hydration during the coldest months, but drinking too little water dries your skin from the inside out.
For many years, federal health experts recommended that everyone drink a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Now, the best advice is to do a quick calculation to determine how much water your body really needs.
Start by dividing your body weight in pounds by 2. That number is how many ounces of water you need to drink on a day when you get no exercise. This means, for instance, a sedentary person who weighs 150 pounds needs 75 ounces, or a little more than nine glasses of water each day to stay fully hydrated.
If you’re physically active, aim for drinking your total body weight in ounces. A total of 150 ounces (a little less than 19 glasses) of water for a 150 pound person may sound like a lot, but it may seem less daunting if you think about the amount being about one gallon consumed over an entire day.
Limit hot showers
Few things in life are more inviting than a hot, steamy shower on a cold winter’s night. Unfortunately, hot water draws moisture out of your skin. Avoid super-hot showers as much as you can. Opt instead for lukewarm water. If you simply must turn up the heat, limit your shower time to five minutes at most. This will save you money, too!
Moisturize after each shower
To keep your skin supple and elastic during the winter, apply moisturizer as soon as you step out of the shower. The lotion or cream absorbs best into damp skin, meaning you will end up using less moisturizer if you do this than if you wait until you’ve dried off completely. Don’t put on moisturizer while your body is soaking wet, though, just damp.
Also moisturize throughout the day. Carry a travel-sized bottle of moisturizer in your purse and keep larger bottles of your favorite moisturizer near faucets so you can replenish your skin after washing your hands.
Pants, sweaters and trendy outerwear are more than stylish wardrobe choices for winter. Clothes that protect your skin from cold air and whipping winds help your body retain moisture. One of the easiest ways to keep your skin from drying out is to cover up from head to toe before heading outdoors. Don’t forget to don your earmuffs, hat and gloves.
Break out the humidifier
A humidifier infuses moisture into the air, making this device nearly essential during the winter when cold and dry air is at its peak. Keeping your skin soft and supple requires a minimum level of 30 percent humidity. Don’t set your humidifier too high, though. Air with a humidity level of 50 percent or higher becomes uncomfortable and can damage window sills and door jambs.