Invest in a Humidifier- heating systems can dry out the air in your house. Installing a humidifier will help add back moisture to the air, preventing and alleviating the dryness of the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lips.
Lower the Temperature- since higher temperatures can result in drier air, lowering the temperature of your central heating can help. Set the thermostat to between 68-72 degrees to keep your skin nourished and moisturized.
Avoid Hot Showers and Baths- excessively hot water for bathing is bad for your skin since it washes away the much-needed natural oils that keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
Choose the Right Skin Cleanser- Many skincare products contain fragrance and exfoliants. These ingredients can be irritating and extremely drying to the skin.
Moisturize Immediately- your skin needs more moisture right after washing. Cleansing can dry out your skin and leave it without layers of protection. This can dehydrate your skin and make it more prone to dryness. Apply your moisturizer right after cleansing to lock in the moisture.
Choose Skincare Products Wisely- products that have worked for you during the summer may not be good for your skin during the winter. Use mild products that contain ceramides, glycerin and hyaluronic acid to help maintain the moisture barrier of your skin.
Protect Your Skin- even though the sun isn’t shining and the day is dark and gloomy, the harmful UV rays of the the sun still permeate through the clouds and cause skin damage. Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Also, wear protective clothing to keep your skin protected from the cold wind, rain or snow.
Stay Hydrated- Although you may not feel as thirsty during winter, make sure you are drinking at least 8 cups of water daily to stay hydrated.