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Skin Care Tips for Winter

As the seasons change, you most likely swap your wardrobe out, changing your lightweight summer clothing for heavier winter clothes. Just as you make changes to your wardrobe based on the season, you should also make changes to your skincare routine. As the temperatures start to fall, the days become shorter and the air around you drier, here's what you can do to keep skin moisturized, smooth, and glowy.

Keep on Wearing the SPF

The sun isn't up in the sky for as long on winter days as it is in the summer, nor is it as intense. You're also likely to be spending less time outdoors during the winter.

But the sun is still producing UV rays, which can contribute to the signs of aging on the skin. In fact, the UV-aging (or UVA) rays that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging are just as strong in the winter as they are in the summer. To keep your skin looking its best and to slow down the signs of aging, keep on wearing SPF every day, including on the days when you barely make it outdoors. The sun's rays can still reach you and your skin through windows.

One good thing about the sun is that it helps the body produce vitamin D. In the winter, the rays responsible for vitamin D production (UVB) decline. You might consider adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet to help keep your levels up. Talk to your doctor first to make sure it's a good option for you.

Switch Up Your Moisturizer

In the summer, a light moisturizer helps to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, without weighing you down or contributing to breakouts. Depending on the climate where you live, you might find that a lightweight moisturizer doesn't do the trick in winter.

You might need to switch to something heavier and more hydrating as humidity levels drop. A heavier moisturizer can also protect your skin from wind damage.

Hydrate and Humidify

Speaking of humidity, winter might be a good time to invest in a humidifier, to add moisture to the dry air inside your home and to keep your skin from becoming too dry and cracked. Central heating does a great job of keeping you warm and comfortable when the temperature drops outside, but it's also notorious for zapping the moisture from the air.

If you notice a lot of static electricity at home or feel that your skin is flaky or scaly, a room humidifier can help. It's also a good idea to pay attention to your hydration levels in the winter. You might cut back on the amount of water you drink without even realizing it since you're less likely to feel thirsty in the cold. Try to drink around 64 ounces of water a day to keep your skin hydrated.

Watch the Water Temperature

A hot bath or shower on a cold winter's night can be cozy and comforting. But be careful of the water temperature. Very hot water can actually make your skin drier, even if it feels good at the time. Try to stick with a lukewarm shower or bath to keep your skin happy.

Winter Is a Great Time for Skin Treatments

Since you're likely spending more time inside, winter can be the ideal time to schedule skin treatments such as chemical peels and facials. There's less of a risk of prolonged sun exposure during the winter, meaning there's less chance of inflammation or the development of dark spots on the skin.

If you're curious about skincare, winter can also be a great time to learn more about skincare programs at Cortiva Institute Massage Therapy & Skin Care School. We can help you launch your career in health and wellness. To learn more, contact us today.

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