December 17 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Let’s discuss the best ways to keep your skin healthy, radiant, looking good, and feeling good all year long. We have fun in the sun during the warmer months, and we appreciate the cool air as it can be refreshing during the fall and winter. But the colder months will take a toll on your skin. Dry, irritated, flaky and red skin is not what you want for the winter season, which is why it is imperative to learn how to keep your skin soft, fresh, and glowing when the temperature drops. In addition to dry and cold weather, the wind does not help when it comes to keeping skin moisturized and healthy.
Top Tips for Glowing Skin All Year
Turn Down the Water Temperature
It may feel nice, but hot water does little to help with skin’s moisture, which is why it is time to turn down the temperature and wash the face with lukewarm water. A nice warm water temperature works to keep moisture in the skin, and it helps stay fresh and hydrated in the shower. It is not always easy to take a lukewarm shower when the temperature is freezing, but it is the best way to ensure skin looks and feels good. The hair also benefits from avoiding scalding hot water, as it helps lock in the moisture when the water temp is comfortable.
Moisturize Immediately Following Showers
The shower opens pores and helps the body absorb moisture faster and more efficiently, and therefore it's integral to moisturize as quickly as possible. Once out of the shower, seize the moisturizing window while the pores are still open. It does not hurt to apply lotion when skin is already dry, but it is more beneficial to moisturize immediately following a shower. People may use any lotion they please, but it does help to find one that speaks to their skin type.
Staying hydrated during summer is often far easier than it is in the winter. The summer heat creates thirst, and few things feel as good as a nice glass of ice-cold water. The body requires just as much water in the winter, and it is imperative to drink just as much in the cold weather as it is in the hot weather. Be sure to take in at least eight glasses of water each day, and the skin will reap the benefits. Staying hydrated keeps skin looking fresh, dewy and full of youthful elasticity.
The common misconception regarding sunscreen is that it is only necessary to use in the summer when outdoor exposure is at its highest. However, this is just a misconception. Sunscreen is required each day no matter how much sun is in the forecast. Sunscreen protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, and it helps it to appear younger and more vibrant. Wearing it in the winter also protects the skin from the same harmful UV rays. The winter rays might not be as noticeable as those felt in the summer, but they are no less dangerous in the colder weather. So, applying skin care products that include sunscreen protection year-round is key to maintaining your healthy skin year-round.