Keeping your skin healthy and glowing can be a lot of work during the winter. We’re pretty lucky in Bermuda that we have a humid climate, but it doesn’t mean that you should ignore your skin-care regime.
You knew our first point would be to use sunscreen! Just because it is the “winter” months, doesn’t mean the sunscreen gets put into the lower drawer in your bathroom, never to be opened again until the summertime. Whether you are in Bermuda or in a cold climate location, staying on top of protecting your skin from the sun is very important. The same rules apply to sun-protection in the winter that they do in the summer, 20 minutes before going outside and reapplying every 2 hours. Fortunately, our layers of clothing become thicker and often provide us with enough protection on our bodies. For those exposed areas of your bodies, especially your face and hands, slap that sunscreen on!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Find a moisturizer that is oil based, as oil will add a layer of protection on your skin to retain the moisture. For your face, you will want to use oils that are “non-clogging”, such as avocado oil, primrose oil, almond oil or mineral oils.
Stay hydrated for your health. Someone who is super de-hydrated will benefit from drinking fluids. However, the average person’s skin does not reflect how much fluid they are drinking.
Avoid super hot showers or baths. This will dry out your skin. Hot water will break down lipid barriers on your skin, allowing your skin to dry out. If you enjoy lukewarm baths and add some oatmeal or baking soda.
Chapped lips? Petroleum jelly and sunscreen lip balm will keep your lips looking fantastic throughout the winter.