On Groundhog Day, good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, despite the overcast skies. So you know what that means — six more weeks of winter! But don’t fret. Here at The Good Stuff, we have compiled four essential skin care tips to help you deal. Learn how you can lock in moisture, combat dry skin and look your best until spring finally decides to arrive in mid-March.
1. Skip the Hot Showers
Just in case you didn’t know, that hot shower or bath that you love so much is doing more harm than good to your skin. Hot water strips the essential oils from the skin, leaving you with dry, cracked, itchy skin. Add some cold water to the equation and take a lukewarm bath or shower to maintain some moisture and survive winter. Also, invest in an in-shower moisturizer like the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion from Drugstore.com. Take a warm shower as usual, slather down with this product, rinse and go!
2. Invest in a Humidifier
The air outside is very cold and dry. The air inside is very hot and dry, which can create a lose/lose situation for maintaining moisture. Invest in a humidifier and keep it plugged in for an extra six weeks. This will provide your skin and hair with much needed moisture. Humidifiers are affordable and can be found at many local retailers like Target.
3. Get Winter-Specific Moisturizers
You probably have a great moisturizer that you think works for your skin, but you probably purchased it in the spring or summer. As the seasons change, your skin’s needs change as well. Pick up a heavy moisturizer to finish out the winter months. A moisturizer that contains shea butter or mango butter will provide intense hydration that sinks deep into the skin. I suggest moisturizers like Belle Butters Premium Whipped Shea Butter, Organic Bath Drenched, or Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Burti Shea Butter.
4. Don’t Forge the Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not just for the summer. The sun still shines in the winter, and the its reflection off snow can even emit more radiation than you would experience during the warmer months. Reduce your risk of skin cancer by applying sunscreen just as you would if it were the middle of summer. Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, protecting you from UVA and UVB rays. Neutrogena makes a wide variety of sunscreens, from creams to sprays all at affordable price points.