When the weather outside is frightful, chances are your skin is anything but delightful. That fluffy snow might be pretty, but what’s underneath those mittens is often dry, cracked, and maybe even itchy. Here’s how to keep your skin super-soft and smooth all winter long.
Avoid taking long, hot showers.
It’s very tempting to jump right into a long, hot shower after a long night at the studio and a chilly car ride home. But steamy showers can actually dry your skin out more. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, and the more oils that are removed, the drier the skin becomes. Keep your shower quick and closer to lukewarm — your skin will thank you.
Bundle up every time you go outside.
Between the cold, dry air, and the blustery winds, winter can be your skin’s number-one enemy. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves to cover up whenever you brave the elements.
Consider loading up on Vitamin C.
Now is the time to chow down on citrus fruits and dark, leafy greens, which are all high in Vitamin C, which helps boost the body’s production of collagen. (Collagen is that protein that makes your skin nice and bouncy.)
Blot after your blow your nose.
It’s natural to wipe your nose after your blow it, but if you have a winter cold — ugh — you’ll be doing that a lot. Use the softest tissues you can find, and blot your nose instead of rubbing it after you blow. (You can also apply Vaseline if the area starts getting too red or dry.)
Become BFF with sunscreen and sunglasses.
Wind + dry air = dry eyes and skin. Protect your face and eyes by sporting sunglasses when you go outside to ward off glare and wind.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Apply lotion or cream generously throughout the day and before you go to bed at night. Every time you wash your hands, your hands dry out a bit, so apply generously after every hand washing, too. And keep lip balm in your pocket, on your desk, or in your dance bag at all times to keep your lips soft and happy.
If your skin is extra red, itchy, or scaly, consider hitting up a doctor or dermatologist. You may have a more serious condition, like eczema or dermatitis. Better safe than itchy — er, sorry!