While the weather outside may be frightful, your skin doesn’t have to be! Many people struggle with dry skin and chapped lips every winter. If this sounds like you, check out some of the tips below and beat winter dryness!
Don’t Lick Your Lips
While licking your lips will temporarily add moisture to them, without the aid of any emollients and moisturizers, they will just become even more dry. The water molecules from your saliva bond with the lipids and natural moisturizing factors on your skin, but as they evaporate, it leaves your skin drier than it was to start. Since your lips also lack the sebaceous glands that the rest of your skin has, they will become even more dry and flaky. On the bright side, this is a pretty easy fix. Just be sure to always carry around some lip balm, and if your lips are still flaky you can use sugar to buff away the dead skin.
Avoid Hot Showers
As the temperature drops, it is tempting to take a long hot shower at night to get cozy. It may feel comfortable at first but the hot water strips moisture from the skin faster than warm or cool water. Overexposure to hot water is more likely to break down the lipid barrier in skin. What’s worse is that the hot water can make already irritated skin even worse. The skin’s barrier is compromised and softened, allowing ingredients to penetrate the skin better, meaning that irritating ingredients can do more damage. In addition, these irritants are compounding the irritation that might come from being in overly hot water for an elongated time period. Be sure to keep your showers short and to use warm instead of hot water.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Did you know that in winter 80% of the sun’s radiation gets through the clouds? Those sun rays reflect off the snow and can cause sun damage even on an overcast day! Also keep in mind that for every 1000 feet you are above sea level, UV radiation goes up by 4-5%. So when you are hitting the slopes on your yearly ski trip, that radiation can increase by 35-45%! (National Weather Service) This is why it is essential that you wear sunscreen every single day, even in winter!
Invest in a Heavy Duty Moisturizer
Indulge and revive skin with MDSUN’s luxurious Super Intensive Moisturizer for a more ﬁrm, radiant and youthful complexion. The formula contains precious caviar and ultra-rich hyaluronic acid that helps to promote and retrieve younger-looking skin with a brighter undertone and soft texture. This moisturizer is perfect for mature or dry skin to rekindle skin’s best condition; it is also ideal for oily and younger skin to defend against and prevent future aging.