As the winter approaches and the weather gets colder, special preparation is needed to maintain youthful, healthy skin. The dry air of winter months can make it very difficult to prevent the skin from getting dry, itchy, and chapped. Indoor heating, low humidity, and harsh wind, are common factors that cause moisture loss from the skin. During the winter season in Colorado, it is especially important to ensure that your skin is protected, moisturized, and healthy. The following five tips will help you to protect your face and skin during the Colorado winter.
1. Shield Yourself from the Sun
If you are not feeling the warmth of the sun, that does not mean the sun’s harmful UV rays are not radiating onto your skin. It is a well known fact that the sun can play a significant role in aging and causing dryness of the skin. And it is important to keep in mind, that happens in winter as well as in summer time, especially in Colorado.
You need to understand that you are exposed to even greater danger if you spent time at high elevation. At high elevation, those UV rays can have easy access to the skin, because there is less atmosphere to offer protection. So skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoe-ers should beware.
2. Moisturize Your Skin
If you don’t normally use a moisturizer on your skin, it’s a good idea to start now and get in the habit. If you apply a moisturizer to your skin but find that it is still dry, it may be beneficial to apply the moisturizer more frequently. Also consider changing to a more effective moisturizer. Generally, ointments are a more effective moisturizer than creams, and creams are more effective than lotions in moisturizing the skin.
Before stepping outdoors, apply a generous amount of moisturizer to your hands, face, and any other exposed skin. Also remember to apply moisturizer on your skin immediately after taking a bath. Pat-dry your skin, and then apply moisturizer right away to prevent water evaporation.
3. Use A Humidifier
Space heaters, indoor central heating and other methods to maintain a warm indoor environment during the winter season can make the air extremely dry, robbing your sinuses and skin of moisture. Drugs stores carry inexpensive humidifiers that can make a huge difference and restore essential moisture to the indoor air. Placing one of these humidifiers in each room of your home, is usually a great idea.
4. Avoid Hot Showers or Baths
A hot bath or shower can be tempting during cold weathers, but the hot water can usually break down the skin’s natural ability to keep moisture in and prevent dryness. Skip the hot shower and choose a shorter, warm one; after taking a bath or shower, pat your skin dry and apply a suitable lotion right away.
5. Apply Sunscreen on Your Skin
Colorado is at a higher elevation than several states, so you need to wear a daily facial lotion, throughout the winter season. If you are up in the mountains, particularly participating in winter sports, it is important to reapply frequently to ensure your skin is well protected. Check with your dermatologist’s office, and they will be able to recommend a product that is suitable for your skin type.
Just like during hotter weather, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are known to have damaging effect during the winter months, so be sure to minimize your skin’s exposure to sun. Doing so is certainly easier in the winter months, because cold-weather or winter clothing typically covers up most skin. Keep in mind you must also apply sunscreen to your face. Cosmetic that contain suncreen are a great option. SPF 15 is considered the minimum amount of protection for Colorado winter, but for outdoor sports like skiing or snowboarding, choosing a higher SPF is recommended. Be sure to use a lip balm to cover your lips, or get a lipstick that has sunscreen in it. If your hands are going to be exposed, then use a moisturizing sunscreen to cover them.
Of course, if you’ve had a face lift or other cosmetic facial procedure, always consult with a medical professional like Dr. Randy Robinson of Robinson Cosmetic Surgery for any post-operative cosmetic medical care.