Winter has a tendency to make the skin dry and flaky. If you naturally have dry skin, it can really get worse during the winter. Even if your skin is not usually of the dry type, it can nonetheless become a bit flaky during the winter. You therefore need have a special skin care routine to cope with winter conditions.
Right from the outset it is important to note that there are three things that affect the skin during the winter. First is the low ambient temperature that characterizes the winter: which has a tendency to dry out the skin, and make it look dull. And second are things like the hotter showers that people tend to take during the winter. These have a tendency to further dry out the skin. Thirdly and finally, there is the fact that in winter, there is less natural moisture in the air. So this means that the skin doesn’t get to absorb any moisture from the air. If anything, it is the little moisture that is in the skin that tends to escape to the air…
How do you care skin in winter?
So, given all those facts. What special things do you need to do, to care skin in winter?
Here are some tips:
1. Use a good moisturizer
As we noted earlier, winter is a time when the skin tends to become dry and flaky. Thus any discourse on how to care skin in winter has to start with a point on the usage of moisturizer. What you use during the winter needs to be specifically a rich moisturizer. If you don’t use a moisturizer, your skin will almost certainly become unduly dry. And that will in turn make it somewhat unattractive. More worrying is the fact that the wrinkling effect of the winter may last beyond. Thus the need to use a good moisturizer is not something that can be overstated. At Shlazio, we have products like the Shea Butter Body Lotion, which can help you remain moisturized throughout the winter.
2. Avoid taking showers that are too hot
The problem with very hot water is in that it tends to strip the skin of the good oils that are on it. Consistently bathing with very hot water then can easily make your skin start looking prematurely aged. Yet due to the low temperatures that are present during the winter, the temptation to take very hot showers is ever present. That is a temptation you need to resist. Opt for a shower that is comfortable (in terms of temperature), but not too hot.
3. Drink a lot of water
Winter tends to make the skin lose hydration fast. The way to combat this is by drinking plenty of water. Admittedly, due to the low temperatures that are present during the winter, the urge to drink water may not be strong. But you nonetheless need to ensure that you meet your daily water requirements. This may at times entail forcing yourself, as it were, to drink some water. Just remember, you are doing it for the sake of your skin – so it is worthwhile.
4. Use a Shea butter lotion
Shea Butter Lotion has the effect of making the skin supple and hence attractive to look at (and nice to touch). It also nourishes the skin, which is an important aspect whenever one thinks of how to care skin in winter. Thus at its core, the Shea butter lotion not only moisturizes the skin but also nourishes it. At Shlazio, we have a specially formulated Shea Butter Lotion product that you can use for this purpose.
5. Only use gentle cleansers
Since the winter tends to make the skin flaky, the temptation to use a very harsh cleanser can arise. That is a temptation you need to resist. Instead, what you should use are gentle cleansers. These will help to remove the dead cells on the skin, without making it drier. In practical terms, there are two things you need to do here. First is to be checking through the list of ingredients for the skin cleansers you use. Then avoid those with ingredients that are known to be harsh. At Shlazio, we have products like Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash, Rosemary Face Wash and Apple Cider Face Wash, which qualify to be termed as ‘gentle’ cleansers in the realest sense of the word.
6. Use a moisturizing balm on your lips
The low temperature in the winter not only tends to dry the skin, but the lips as well. In fact, the flaking effect on the lips tends to be worse than that on the skin. And whatever else you do to care skin in winter, it won’t be much good if you overlook the lips (whose flakiness tends to be very conspicuous). You thus need to create a routine for using a moisturizing balm on your lips during the winter as well.