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If you live in a cold climate, you’re familiar with the hardships of caring for your skin in winter. There’s so many parts of winter that can cause your skin to dry out, whether it’s the lack of humidity, biting winds and other harsh weather conditions. And that’s just for the outdoors.
Indoors, you’ll be taking hot showers, and being exposed to hot, dry air through heaters. These factors can also contribute to irritating your skin.
In order to combat these issues, the key is to make sure that your skin is staying consistently moisturized. Luckily, getting moisture to your skin is not a difficult task. With the right ingredients and technique, you can be well on your way to keeping your skin hydrated in winter.
The Best Moisturizing Ingredients
When looking for a lotion that’s specific for moisturizing, there are a lot of great ingredients to look out for. Here are just some of the ones that can help your skin retain moisture:
Plant-Based Ingredients to Look for:
- Rice Water
Other Common Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid
Keep in mind that a lot of these ingredients are what’s known as humectants. They work by drawing in water from the sources around them. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of water in the air during winter, due to the lack of humidity.
In order to get the most out of these products, you’ll want to try and add humidity to your environment. One way to do this is to use a humidifier while sleeping. (One bonus of this option is that it’s also good for your nasal passages, which can get irritated with dry air as well.)
A simpler method is just to hang-dry (wet) clothes in your room. Just save a few pieces of clothing from the dryer, or hang up your towel after you shower. This is a free, easy way to add some moisture in the air. You’ll also save a little electricity!
How to Apply Moisturizer Effectively
The best time to apply a moisturizer during the winter is after you shower. By putting on moisturizer when your skin is already wet, you’re essentially trapping the water.
With that in mind, don’t focus on scrubbing or wiping your skin dry. (This is true for both your face, and your body.) Instead, get rid of any excess water by lightly patting it with your towel. This will leave plenty of moisture behind, and it’s also less irritating for your skin.
If your face is particularly dry, you can recreate this effect throughout the day by using a toner or facial mist during the day. In this case, pat the extra liquid into your skin with your finger tips, and then apply the moisturizer. You can also use moisturizing face masks to help you stay ahead.
Keeping Your Skin Hydrated
Our skin, just like ourselves, needs a certain amount of moisture to stay healthy. If you don’t keep your skin hydrated, you can suffer from flakiness, itchiness, redness, excess oil production, and acne.
That’s why it’s important to be kind to our skin during harsh weather. By paying attention to the type of moisturizer you purchase, as well as how you apply it, you can help keep your skin hydrated.
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