Winter boasts a magical wonderland of snowflakes and holidays, but can winter weather can cause incredible damage to your skin and body. Improper body care during cold weather may lead to dehydration and cracked, uncomfortable and unsightly skin conditions. There are several ways to maintain a beautiful appearance during winter without spending money on costly beauty products.
Moisturize your face each day.
Use a facial moisturizer each morning to keep your face feeling fresh and smooth. Sunburn can occur during winter, especially if you're on the ski slopes, so select a moisturizer that contains both a sunscreen and natural humectant like, vitamin E. (See Reference 1.)
Exercise during the winter to stay in shape.
During the winter, exercise several times each week. Exercise not only helps you maintain a healthy body weight naturally, but also increases blood flow to all parts of your body. Stay limber and prevent muscle stiffness that sometimes occurs during cold weather. (See Reference 2.)
Too much showering can dry out your skin.
Drink plenty of water during the winter to helps your body stay hydrated. Watch the water with too much showering or bathing which can actually dry out your skin. (See Reference 1.) Shower minimally for the smoothest, healthiest winter skin. When you do shower, use lukewarm water and apply moisturizing lotion to your face and body immediately after.
Select warm winter clothes.
Proper winter attire protects your body from prolonged exposure to the cold. Select warm, comfortable clothing during the winter months. While wool is one of the warmest fabrics, it may cause skin irritation and itching, so opt for a more body-friendly fabric, such as cotton, and dress in layers. (See Reference 2.) Before venturing outdoors, select a warm scarf to cover your face. This will reduce your chances of windburn. Also select a comfortable pair of gloves to keep your hands and fingernails soft and chap-free.