Cold weather, low humidity levels and wind make dry skin a common problem throughout the winter months. To keep skin soft and smooth, keep these things in mind as the temperature drops:
- Keep showers and baths short and warm (not hot). While long hot showers and baths can feel good when it’s cold outside, they are one of the fastest ways to dry out your skin.
- Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. While it’s tempting to jump straight from your warm shower into your favourite pyjamas, take a few minutes to moisturise first. Just after you’ve washed is the best time to do this and remember to apply it liberally.
- Cover up. Wear gloves, scarves and warm clothes to protect your skin from the cold, wind and rain.
- Don’t forget sunscreen. It’s easy to forget when it’s cold outside but the winter sun can also be damaging to the skin so remember to apply sunscreen on exposed areas if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.
- Keep hydrated. We tend to drink less in winter but keeping up your fluid intake is important to prevent dry skin. If cold water is less appealing in winter, try tea, herbal teas or warm water with lemon.
- Go alcohol and soap-free. Regular handwashing is important during the winter months but can also worsen dry skin. Choose a soap-free moisturising hand-wash and alcohol-free hand sanitisers to keep hands clean without causing dry skin.
- Moisturise overnight. Your hands and feet tend to dry out more quickly than other areas of the body and can be more difficult to keep moisturized during the day, particularly if you’re washing your hands regularly. Apply a good moisturizer to these areas before bed and cover up with some cotton gloves and socks, allowing the moisturiser to work while you sleep.
- Please note this information was correct at time of publication.
- For up to date information, speak to your doctor.