Walking through a cold winter landscape can do much worse to you than potentially giving you a cold, it can cause seriously dry skin all over your body. Avoiding skin damage during bitter winters is difficult, but definitely manageable when you have insider tips – which we are here to give you! Winter itch is a plague that hits so many people each year, but there’s no need for your skin to look as dead as the trees do.
Before getting in to how to avoid dry skin during the winter, we want to explore what causes it. The number one factor in why winter weather dries out your skin is the sudden drop in humidity that occurs when a temperature suddenly goes down. Think of spending some time in the Caribbean where the sun is shining 24/7 – is it warm and humid? Now think of your refrigerator… Is that one not as cozy? That’s because colder weather takes humidity out of the air, and your skin follows suit.
How can you combat the dreaded, flaky Winter Itch? It’s surprisingly not too difficult, nor will it be too expensive. Our comprehensive skin care line is a great place to start, but there are even more things you can do to ensure your rosy glow is coming from within, not from your chapped cheeks.
Besides ensuring you’re using plenty of your favorite moisturizer, one thing that is easy to let slide during the winter time is sunscreen. Sunscreen is incredibly important for your skin, and should never be allowed to slip through the cracks of your morning routine. While a common misconception is that you do not need sunscreen on cloudy days, you actually can sustain almost as much sun damage to your skin on cloudy days as you can on sunny ones. The sun provides Vitamin D, which is an important and necessary vitamin, so we’d never recommend avoiding it – but make sure you are wearing some SPF so it doesn’t damage and dry your skin out even more!
Protecting your skin during winter can be more than wearing sunscreen and moisturizer. You may want to consider an actual physical barrier between the biting chill of winter. Wearing gloves can increase your moisture retention on your hands significantly, which means that you not only avoid any sun and wind damage, you’re also locking in the moisturizer with the gloves. This is not limited to only wearing gloves; throwing on a scarf to block your face during times outdoors can also work wonders in protecting your skin from the elements.
Overall, there’s a wide variety of methods to help in protecting your skin but the most important thing to always remember is to wear plenty of moisturizer. Dry skin, and by default skin damage, always stems from not being moist enough. No matter what the season is, it’s been proven again and again that your favorite SeneGence products are there to have your back!