7 Tips to Save Your Skin Until Spring!

February 10, 2016
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Winter chills bring hot heaters blasting through homes and workspaces so that by this time of year, most skin is dry, itchy and in desperate need of some TLC.

Rejuvenate your skin with these skincare tips to keep your face, hands, and body healthy and hydrated throughout the winter months.


Tip #1 : Use Sunscreen

How is it that you’ve completely forgotten your skin’s summer BFF? Sunscreen is a necessity now as well as in the summertime. And don’t forget to reapply frequently if you’re staying outside.

Tip #2: Moisturize

Beat dryness by stepping up your moisturizing game. Find an oil-based moisturizer to make sure you’re really soothing your skin. Unlike water-based lotions, oil-based ointments make skin retain even more moisture. To keep your face fresh and healthy, choose non-clogging oils like mineral, almond, or primrose oil.

Tip #3: Keep it Simple

Lay off the heavy duty cleansers. Super cleansing peels, toners, and face masks can irritate your skin more in the winter months. Use a sensitive skin cleanser, and use masks, peels, and acne creams less often than you would during the warmer seasons.

Tip #4: Utilize a Skin Scrub

Take care of the tougher dry places on your body, like your feet and elbows, with a quick DIY skin scrub: olive oil + sugar + a little lemon juice. Add a couple drops of an essential oil of your choice for a little spa-style aromatherapy. Try lavender for relaxation, or eucalyptus for rejuvenation.

Tip #5: Eat Right

Eat for your body (skin included) by getting plenty of natural Vitamin C sources: leafy, dark greens and citrus fruits. The idea that drinking plenty of water keeps skin from drying out is, unfortunately, a myth - but lots of water will make you feel better all around, so drink up.

Tip #6: Hot vs. Warm Baths

Take better baths: super hot water breaks up the lipid barriers in your skin cells, causing loss of moisture. For showers and baths, just use warm water and try to limit the time you spend steaming up. For a skin-boosting and all-over treat, make a just-warm bath and add oatmeal or baking soda or epsom salts.

Tip #7: Humidifier to the rescue!

 The main culprit of wintertime dryness is the heating system blasting through houses and workplaces. To add moisture back into the air, place humidifiers throughout your home. (Tip: Rather than having one big, central humidifier, place smaller humidifiers in multiple places to evenly redistribute moisture.)




Sierra DonahueSierra Donahue

As a biochemist-turned-writer, Sierra's passion for storytelling spans everything from journalism to creative writing. Sierra was the Editor-in-Chief of The Oregon Optimist, and is the founder of the travel lifestyle blog, Take Me With You. When not writing, Sierra can be found traveling and conducting cooking experiments in her home in the Pacific Northwest.