How to Take Care of Your Skin During December

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Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against the harsh elements of the outside world, and those elements get even harsher in the cold winter months. The damaging winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, making it dry, itchy and irritated, and it can even cause some forms of eczema. Thankfully, there are many simple ways of combating the causes of dry winter skin you can easily include into your everyday routine in order to keep your skin feeling moist and supple all season long. Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to effective winter skincare:

Modify your skincare routine for the season

 

Your summer skincare routine will most likely not be adequate for the harsh December weather, which is why you should think about switching to a lighter cleanser and try to use toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol which can dry your skin out even further, worsening the condition. When your skin is dry and itchy, it is recommended to stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances in order to help your skin retain its natural oils.

Opt for gentle cleansers

 

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Regular bar soaps are the most common thing people use when washing their face, but they have the potential to worsen dry, itchy skin because they often contain fragrances and irritating ingredients. That is why you should opt for a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel in order to clean your sensitive winter skin in the gentlest way possible.

Moisturize frequently

 

In order to prevent dullness and dryness during the winter, it is extremely important to moisturize your skin regularly. Opt for thicker moisturizers, like ointments and creams, and apply them twice a day in order to keep your skin smooth and hydrated all winter. If your skin is especially dry during this time of the year, you may want to opt for more nourishing, heavily hydrating products, such as rosehip oil. The skin on your face is not the only part of your body that is affected by December weather, so don’t forget to apply body lotion daily, as well as a heavy hand cream several times throughout the day.

Replenish your glow

 

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Apart from losing its moisture and elasticity during the colder months, your skin also tends to lose the natural glow it had during the summer. So, it may be time to include a self-tanning lotion into your regular beauty routine. In order to have a flawless organic tan during winter, opt for natural products that nourish the skin and replenish the radiance you had all summer long.

Don’t forget about SPF

 

Although we tend to overlook the importance of proper skin protection, it is just as crucial to apply sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. Don’t be fooled by dark, gloomy winter days, because the sun’s damaging UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds and harm your skin. Before you leave your home every day, remember to apply a moisturizing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all areas of your body that may be exposed to sun rays.

Avoid hot showers and baths

 

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During the winter, when we spend most of our day in the cold weather, all we want to do is come home and take a long, hot shower or bath. However, water that is too hot can actually dehydrate our skin and make it even drier and irritated. That is why you should opt for lukewarm water whenever you can, particularly when washing your face and hands, in order to avoid stripping your skin from its natural oils.

Invest in a humidifier

 

We tend to spend more time indoors during the winter, with the heating system turned on, but we fail to realize that it too can dry out our skin. However, running a humidifier in the most commonly used areas of your home can help restore the moisture in the air that has been sucked out by the dry indoor heat and help keep your skin soft and supple.

If you still experience dryness, irritation and discomfort even after trying these healthy skin tips, the best thing to do might be to consult your dermatologist in order to find the best solution that is perfectly suited to your skin’s needs.

Claire Hastings, Associate Editor

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