How To Protect Your Skin In The Winter


Cold weather and indoor heating can dry out skin. So it’s important to moisturise your skin, especially if you have skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema.

Moisturisers with shea butter, glycerine and alpha hydroxy acids can help keep your skin healthy. Also look for products with non-clogging oil ingredients like mineral, avocado or primrose oils. These can balance your skin’s natural oils, according to WebMD. And use a hand lotion that provides a shield to protect your hands from harsh winter winds.

Wear The Right Clothes

Winter weather often requires multiple layers. Wearing a base layer, middle, and outer layer can help trap body heat and shield you from wind, snow, and rain. Make sure that your base and middle layers are made of breathable fabrics, such as merino wool or polyester. Cotton-based fabrics will absorb moisture and can cause you to lose body heat. Choose a pair of warm gloves and tall socks to keep your fingers, feet, and nose from becoming cold.

Protect Yourself From Sun

It’s easy to associate sun protection with summertime, but UV rays are just as dangerous in winter. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or hiking in the mountains, UV protection is essential.

Even on cloudy days the sun’s rays can reach your skin and cause sunburn. In addition, snow intensifies the sun’s rays.

Get Regular Checkups

Even though the sun is hiding behind clouds during winter, you should still protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF before going outside and consider wearing a hat, scarf, face mask, or gloves. You may also want to wear a face moisturizer and lip balm with SPF as well.

Dry, scaly skin is a common problem during the winter. Harsh cold weather and dry indoor heat can strip the skin of its natural oils, and psoriasis or eczema can flare up during this time too.