You can feel it on your skin when winter is around the corner. And no, not just by the nip in the air, the frosty mornings, and the sight of trees shedding their leaves but also by the dryness in your skin and the cracks on your lips. Apart from giving a rosy glow to the cheeks and for some, an adorable Rudolph red-nosed look, winter is generally harsh on our delicate facial skin.
The plummeting temperature levels and the lack of humidity in the air bring with it a retinue of skin problems—dryness, wrinkles, and spots and blemishes—that make you look aged. Summer brings its own unique set of skin care concerns, too much exposure or even a sun burn, makes the skin dry, red and ultimately will flake off.
Here are three absolutely essential skin care tips for all year-round to keep you looking your radiant best:
- Pile on the moisturizer. Dry skin is the greatest bane of winter. Your skin not only looks dull but the fine lines and wrinkles also start to appear at glaring regularity making you look older than your years. Likewise, summer skin dried out and pruned by the sun requires extra moisture. Contrary to popular notion, just any moisturizer won’t do. You need to use an oil-based moisturizer that protects your skin from dryness by forming a coat over it unlike the water-based ones that may be too light to hydrate properly. Moisturizing lotions that contain “humectants,” a blend of glycerine, alpha-hydroxy acid, and sorbitol, are especially effective in keeping your skin hydrated.
- A wrinkle cream formulated with potent moisturizing agents like hyaluronic acid and Alpha-lipoic acid keeps the skin supple and works wonders on plumping the unsightly wrinkles and fine lines.
- Do not skimp on the sunscreen. You should not stash away the sunscreen when the hot summer days are over. The sun’s rays are equally fierce on cold days and the UVA and UVB rays harm your skin in winter just as they do in summer. So, make sure that you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen about 30 minutes before you step out in the daylight. Reapply frequently if you are going to be out for a long time or will be performing strenuous activities under the sun such as running or playing volleyball.
- Drink lots of water. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean that you do not need water. You need to keep yourself hydrated to keep dry skin at bay and keep looking young. Carry a bottle of water or herbal tea for especially cold days to ensure that you do not miss out on this essential fluid even when you are away from home.
Vital Tips to Adhere Too
The above are three very basic skin care tips that you just cannot afford to not know about. Follow these diligently and see for yourself the difference in your skin!