Winter is the time of the year when your skin needs a little extra from you, and not taking care of it in the dry season leads to early signs of aging. As you grow older, it’s completely natural for skin to become dryer and thin. Age-spots appear on any part of the skin that has been exposed to sun, especially the harsh winter rays we often forget about.
Age spots are not at all harmful to the skin, but a clearer face and body certainly makes you look younger. And winter can be especially harsh on already dry skin because it can cause cracks in the skin become deeper, which makes for more risk of infection. Here are some of the ways you can easily and effectively prevent your skin from aging drastically in the off-season.
1. Don’t be too harsh on your skin
Don’t be too hard on yourself, goes for physically as well as emotionally. It’s best not to take excessively long showers. Too much time in the water can dry out your skin, and unnecessarily hot water can cause wrinkles over time. Just as you limit your wash-time, make sure to use cleansers that are gentler rather than soaps, which are always drying.
Although “surfactants” in soap are meant to cleanse your skin and leave it feeling fresh, we often find that any soap which isn’t designed to moisturize and exfoliate bu only to rid one of dirt (which is most soaps), leaves your skin feeling dry and sometimes flaky. In fact, it is actually better to do a simple rinse with water at times rather than use soaps on the face, as water can provide a gentle cleanse.
Particularly avoid scented soaps and alcohol-based cleansers as they can irritate the skin and eventually out parts of your body.
There are numerous cleansing and moisturizing products that are gentler for the skin than others, and therefore more effective than some more intensified products.
2. Do Moisturize More
Yes, moisturize even more than you would regularly. Of course, it’s always important to keep skin hydrated and your face moisturized, however, the dry season is when your skin and body get a little needy, and require some extra attention from you.
Winter is the time to pack it on with a healthy, thick moisturizer that can protect all day. Rather than having to re-apply constantly, we recommend investing in a rich, heavily moisturizing product that you can apply once in the morning, and once at night, and trust it to keep your skin safe.
To make sure you replenish your skin, stay hydrated and moisturized, inside and out. This is much more achievable with a decent skincare routine and a product that doesn’t expect reapplication from you all day. Using a healthy, mineral-rich moisturizing system can be a delicate and very effective way of taking care of your skin in the winter.
You want something that offers lasting hydration so as not to over-cleanse, but certainly stay moisturized. The moisturizer we stick by is because it keep the face hydrated and soft-to-the-touch throughout the day. What’s special about this Advanced Protection Cream is how many varying skin-related issues it addresses all-the-while continuing to make your skin smoother and more supple each day. Grapeseed, Jojoba and Avocado oils combine to minimize the appearance of wrinkles for a plump, rejuvenated complexion.
Another particular winter-favourite here at Anti-Aging Solutions is Rhydex-2 Wrinkle Relief Cream from phAdvantage. We find this cream to be a heavily effective cream that is also great for the crease between the eyebrows and any fine lines around the upper eye and cheek area. This is a great, proven anti-aging and hydrating moisturizer that works well for staying hydrated, and lastingly-so, especially in the wintertime.
3. Don’t let the air in your home get too dry, humidify.
Having a decent amount of moisture in the air can prevent skin from getting drier, as it helps hydrate the outer layers of your skin. Be sure not to crank up the heat for the winter and avoid extra dryness in the air. Indoor heating actually sucks the moisture out of the air; a great way to help even out the temperature in your home is by investing in a humidifier.
A good humidifier can really aid in providing softness to your skin! They also help prevent dullness, accelerated aging and creasing. If you’ve ever noticed your voice a little raspy in the mornings, it’s actually more likely caused by dry air seeping it’s way into your vocal cords than anything else. If you’re serious about getting your skin back on track, humidifiers help a LOT. On top of the numerous benefits to aging and dry skin, humidifiers are very beneficial to the home heating bills!
Try a humidifer that is multi-use and can be used with essential oils and aromatherapy as well! This wood humidifer with an ultra-quiet design is the one we use at Anti-Aging Solutions!
4. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen
We’ve certainly mentioned sunscreen before, as it is crucial protective gear any time of the year. It is, however, doubly important in the winter. Since it’s not exactly beach season, it is easy to forget your sunscreen application.
No matter your skin type or sensitivity, your face cannot literally feel the sun, and this is the reason that sun protection often goes over-looked. It’s also true that the fairer your skin, the easier it is subjected to damage from the sun. Tan or olive skin can live through the sun a little longer, but it also more sensitive in terms of developing acne and dry patches. UVA rays are existent and strong all year long.
Aim for a sunblock that is SPF 30 or above, and a label that says “broad-spectrum”. This means your sunscreen will protect you from UVA and UVB rays; summer AND winter. You can also choose beauty products that have sunscreen built in.
We go over some quick tips for choosing the right sunscreen for your skin-type here at Anti-Aging Solutions.
If you prepare your skin for the winter by making sure you hydrate and moisturize, as well as control the temperature of your home, you’ll find that your skin can thrive!