First, lets begin with a little weather and science 101 to understand why our skin gets so dry in the winter! Cold air holds less moisture than warm air, so when it get’s colder in the winter months there is naturally less moisture in the air. This causes our skin to feel dry, but it doesn’t stop there. When we are indoors and turn the heat up in an already-dry-climate, the heat absorbs the remaining moisture in the air and this is when our skin truly starts to dry out. That being said, here is how we keep our skin healthy and hydrated during winter months:
- It’s all about stability. Our skin is capable of doing amazing things and has the ability to adjust to low humidity levels as long as the environments are kept fairly consistent in terms of temperature. Since we know that heat further absorbs humidity in the air, keeping the heater on low prevents your skin from loosing more moisture in the transition from outside to inside temperatures.
- Warm showers. I know it might be tempting to take a steaming hot shower, but it will do more harm than good for your skin. Any heat applied to your skin during the winter months will cause your skin to loose moisture, hence taking a lukewarm to warm shower is ideal.
- Moisturize. Probably thee most important thing you can do for your skin during this time. I prefer to use coconut oil and will occasionally apply vaseline to severely dry areas. Make sure to always moisturize after taking a shower because that is when your skin will be the driest.