Our redhead skin needs a little extra TLC during the winter months. The air gets cold and dry and often this can result in dry itchy skin, eczema flare-ups, and other issues. You can’t change the weather, but you can do some things to help prepare your skin for the winter season.
1. Use more hydrating products
Redheads, especially in cold weather, should focus on hydrating products like a gentle, non-stripping cleanser, a hydrating serum with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and a rich moisturizer to combat dryness. Don’t forget to use sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection, even in winter, to shield against UV rays that can still be harmful.
Adding in thicker, more hydrating products to your skincare routine is a good idea for winter. Maybe this means switching to a thicker body lotion or adding in an extra hydrating facial serum or oil. The added layer of hydration will keep your skin happy and healthy all winter.
2. Wear gentle materials
If you are already suffering from dry skin, it’s not always an overnight fix. In the meantime, make sure you’re wearing clothing made from materials that are gentle on your dry skin and feel comfortable.Opt for loose, breathable fabrics like cotton to avoid further irritation. Additionally, consider taking shorter, lukewarm showers, as hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, contributing to dryness. Pat your skin dry gently and apply a generous layer of moisturizer to help soothe and hydrate your skin after cleansing.
3. Use a humidifier
If your home is quite dry, you can add a humidifier to help add some moisture back into the air. We spend a lot of time indoors during the winter, often with the heat cranked high. Having that extra humidity in your home will help your skin a lot. Central heating systems in winter can strip the air of moisture, exacerbating dry skin conditions. A humidifier adds moisture back into the air, creating a more skin-friendly environment. Additionally, applying a rich, fragrance-free moisturizer immediately after bathing can lock in moisture and provide relief to dry, irritated skin. It’s a gradual process, but these adjustments can significantly improve your skin’s hydration over time.
4. Take cooler showers
It’s always tempting to take a hot bath or shower during the winter, but super hot water will dry your skin out more. Instead, throw your bath towel in the dryer or a towel warmer and opt for a warm shower instead. Your warm towel will keep you from getting too chilly once you get out.
Cooler showers are beneficial for your skin during winter because hot water can strip away the natural oils that act as a protective barrier, leaving your skin more prone to dryness and irritation. Lukewarm or cooler water helps to retain the skin’s natural oils, preventing excessive moisture loss. This is particularly important in colder months when the air tends to be drier, and your skin may already be more susceptible to dryness. Additionally, cooler showers can help maintain the skin’s overall health and reduce the risk of exacerbating existing dry skin conditions.
5. Protect Your skin
Keep your skin protected from the sun with SPF, and also from the wind and cold with proper clothing when outdoors. The elements can really dry out your skin, and winter sunburns will cause damage just like summer ones. Despite the colder temperatures, the sun’s harmful UV rays are still present and can cause damage to your skin. Snow and ice can reflect UV rays, increasing your exposure. Additionally, spending time outdoors during winter activities like skiing or snowboarding may result in prolonged sun exposure. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from UV damage, preventing premature aging, sunburn, and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Therefore, incorporating SPF into your winter skincare routine is crucial for maintaining overall skin health and protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.
6. Drink more water
If your skin feels dry and flakey, it might be because you aren’t drinking enough water. It can be hard to get enough hydration in the winter, but you can do so by drinking hot herbal tea, and skipping the ice in your water if it’s too cold. Drinking enough water throughout the day is crucial for maintaining your skin’s natural moisture balance. Winter’s dry air can dehydrate your body, affecting your skin’s elasticity and overall health. So, alongside your external skincare efforts, make sure to prioritize hydration by sipping water regularly, which contributes to a more resilient and glowing complexion during the colder months.
7. Exfoliate properly
Dry skin is easily irritated, so it’s easy to over-exfoliate and cause further irritation. Make sure you’re exfoliating gently and not too frequently to keep your skin barrier intact. Opting for a chemical exfoliant can often be less abrasive than a physical exfoliant. Limit exfoliation to 1-2 times a week to prevent irritation. Choose chemical exfoliants with ingredients like glycolic or lactic acid for a milder approach. Always follow with a hydrating moisturizer to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier.
8. Get into a winter routine
Once you figure out your winter routine, stick to it. Skipping moisturizing or slacking on your skincare can cause your skin to dry out quickly. Sticking to the routine will help your skin stay on track all season long. Set a consistent time for your skincare routine, like morning or night, and associate it with an existing habit, such as brushing your teeth. Use reminders on your phone or leave skincare products visibly displayed to prompt you. Creating a routine helps make skincare a habit, ensuring you’re less likely to forget.
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