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How To Take Care Of Your Skin During Winter

According to a recent study, only  “49% of men consistently take the time for themselves to practice self-care”, despite its many benefits. For example, not only can self-care be a way to bring peace into your life, but it can also increase your confidence quite significantly. After all, many self-care activities are centered around grooming and learning to appreciate what we see in the mirror, as opposed to shying away from your skin. As a result, you’ll begin to feel more confident in yourself and your appearance. 

One way in which you can achieve this goal is by developing a killer skincare routine. This is particularly important during the winter months when changing weather conditions can take their toll on your skin.

What skincare conditions are worse during winter? 

Many people notice that common skincare conditions, such as eczema or dry skin flare up during the winter months. This is because cold weather draws out moisture from your skin, which often worsens the symptoms of eczema, dry skin, and other complications such as psoriasis. This could leave your skin feeling dry, sore and even flaky in appearance. As a result, the winter months are the best time to re-shape your skincare routine or develop one for the first time if you’re a skincare newbie. 

How to take care of your skin during winter. 

Thankfully, there are various steps you can take to improve your skincare routine this winter – so that your flawless skin does not fall victim to the weather and cold.

Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to take care of your skin, due to the fact that it helps you stay hydrated. Failing to drink enough water leads to dehydration, which “prevents your body from eliminating toxins through your skin, which in turn makes your skin more susceptible to skin problems and disorders.” As a result, you should ensure you drink plenty of water – usually around 6 glasses a day. 

Moisturise daily. Daily moisturizing is a great way to protect your skin all year round. This is because moisturizers help to replenish your skins natural moisture and protect you from the elements. They’re particularly important during winter when cold weather works to draw moisture away from your skin. It’s often advised that you apply moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening before you go to bed. This will help you achieve optimal results and natural, glowing skin. 

Continue applying sunscreen. Dermatologists always advise their patients to apply sunscreen daily, which means you need to get used to doing this even when the sun isn’t shining and temperatures are a little chilly. After all, UV rays can continue to penetrate through clouds, which means they can continue to cause damage to your cells in the winter months. Regular sunscreen wearers often retain a youthful glow for longer, due to the fact that sun exposure often causes premature aging of the skin, which is also known as photoaging. 

Do your research. One of the easiest ways in which you can begin to take better care of your skin during winter (and beyond), is by doing your research. For example, this research could help you debunk the common skincare myths that men still believe, while also learning to understand your skin type. This means you’ll be able to figure out the steps you must take to better care for your skin. 

Eat healthy food. Following a healthy balanced diet is always important, and your diet often reflects in your appearance. As a result, now is the perfect time to make positive changes to your eating habits. For example, you should work to ensure you’re eating enough fruit and vegetables. You may also want to increase your consumption of skin-friendly foods such as fatty fish, tomatoes, and walnuts. 

Use a cleanser. As mentioned above, cold weather conditions often dry out our skin. This could leave your skin looking dry and flaky. A cleanser can help to gently remove any impurities from the surface of the skin that would excavate these problems, including dead skin cells. However, it’s important that you choose a cleanser that suits your skin. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you should avoid products with harsh ingredients, instead opting for a more gentle cleanser. 

Exfoliate. Exfoliation is another great way to take care of yourself during the winter as,  much like cleanser, it removes impurities from the surface of your skin. However, exfoliators should not be used on a daily basis, as this could remove natural oils from your skin, resulting in pain and inflammation. Instead, you should use a natural exfoliator once or twice a week.

Stay wrapped up when outside. Staying warm when outdoors can also help to protect your skin. For example, you should always wear a hat and a scarf, covering your face where possible. This will reduce the amount of damage caused by external weather conditions, while also reducing the chances of you getting a cold. 

Set up a humidifier in your home.  As we tend to use the heating in our homes more often during the winter months (and for good reason), this often means that the air within our homes is much drier than usual. While this helps us stay warm and toasty, it can wreak havoc on our skin. As a result, buying a humidifier can work wonders for your skin, ensuring that it is not lacking any moisture. 

Final thoughts. 
In short, there are many steps you can take in order to ensure you are taking care of yourself this winter (and beyond). Developing a skincare routine now will also help improve your skin before the new year so that you start 2022 feeling as confident as possible. This is because it often takes a few weeks to see the real benefits of regular, consistent skincare. As such, you’ll be able to welcome 2023 with a smile and a natural, youthful glow.