Winter is the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate climates, between autumn and spring. As a cosmetologist i know how difficult this season would for those with dry skin. The skin becomes more flaky, scaly and really dry.
“General tips for everyone to prep up their skin for this winter season”
Moisturize often: moisturizers that are meant for the sun, summer time are great but try and get a oil-based moisturisizer rather than the water-based. The oil will serve as a protective layer to retain moisture.
Avoid hot bath: yes am a Nigerian but during harmattan season, have to realize bathing with lukewarm water is better than hot. The hot is just for the moment you are in the shower, once you step out its like the heat breaks the organ producing moisture which makes the body super dry.
Hint: you can add jojoba oil to your bathing water if you can’t stand the lukewarm water.
Wet clothes:Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin resulting to skin inflammations such as eczema, sores and more
Use of humidifier: Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
Stay hydrated: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. Water is good for your overall health.
Oil up the feet: get lotions for the feet that contains glycerin or petroleum jelly. Exfoliate periodically to get the dead skin out, which would allow retainment of moisture.
Facial treatment: if you have a super dry skin avoid the clay mask, alcohol based astrigents and toners or any harsh facial products because they draw moisture away from the skin. rather go for the cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating” which brings moisture to the skin.
Don’t do without the glove:Wear gloves when you go outside. If you are going to wear anything else on the hand like wool to stay warm, first put on a glove to avoid skin irritation because the skin on the hand is thinner than any other part.
Sunscreen for winter as well: who said sunscreen is for just summer alone? Snow glare and winter sun can still damage the skin as well. Try applying sunscreen like 30-45 minutes before going out. Keep in your bag if you are going to stay out more than usual to reapply.