Tips for Protecting Your Winter Skin

By Genevieve Cunningham

The skin is one of the biggest and most important parts of your body. It’s what everyone sees first, and of course, it’s what covers our bodies and keeps our inner workings protected and safe. When it comes to skincare, we all know by now how to protect it in the hot summer months. But what about the winter? Is our skin safe when the cold comes around? Or are there extra steps that we should be taking to protect it? Take a look at these winter-specific tips for keeping your skin safe and healthy until the sun comes out again.

Break Out the Moisturizer

The winter air is cold and dry … and that makes a huge impact on your skin. Have you ever noticed how your skin is dry and cracked when it’s cold? This is bad for the health of your skin, and it also invites static to cling to you. To avoid this, it’s time to break out the best moisturizer you have. Use it morning, day, and night, and make sure that you cover your body from head to foot.

Don’t Forget the SPF

While the sun isn’t nearly as direct as it is in the summer, it’s still important to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. You can probably skip the multiple applications of SPF 50, but a light layer every morning will keep your skin protected, even on cold days. Even though the winter sun is less intense, it can still lead to sun spots, wrinkles, and cancer, so protect it all year long.

Exfoliate Regularly

Have you ever noticed that ashy colored layer on top of your skin in the winter? Yeah … those are dead skin cells. The winter air is harsh on your skin, which causes more damage and cell turnover. Make exfoliation a habit in the winter. Just be gentle, as your winter skin tends to be brittle, and then don’t forget to lather on the moisturizer as soon as you’re done.

Winter skin needs proper care and attention, just as your summer skin does.The winter can be harsh on its health, just in different ways. It's still important to give it a little TLC. Use these tips to enhance the health of your skin and keep you feeling good about the way you look no matter the time of year.

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