Care of winter skin is more important that during summer as it is this time that it can get the most damaged. Depending on the skin type and the color of the skin, a proper skin care regimen is required. Exposure to sun is also dangerous even during this time of the year since the moisture in the air combined with the dryness of the skin can lead to severe damage. Therefore, the first and foremost care of the skin during winter is to keep using sun block with a good SPF factor. Many sun blocks are now available that are specifically designed for the winter season. A daily use of sunscreen in addition to moisturizer can ensure prevention of skin damage even indoors.
Too much exposure to moisture such as taking long hot baths are also extremely damaging to the skin. The temperature of the water evaporates the water that is present on the surface layers of the skin. This leads to damage to the protective mechanisms of the skin, which are mostly composed of slightly acidic chemicals to ward off bacteria. This natural acidic environment cannot be replaced by any external application of substances; therefore, preserving it is the best form of treatment.
In winter, the use of heaters increases, which leads to extreme dryness of the skin and the air ways. This can lead to complications and infections of both. A good humidifier is also a very important requirement if the heater is to be used. Under ideal circumstances, using warm clothes is better than using heaters to conserve energy and using up oxygen in the room. But if the use of heater becomes necessary, a humidifier should also be kept. The simplest of these is to put a bowl of water in the room where the heater is being used.
Eating a diet that is rich in anti-oxidants prevents any illnesses that arise during winter. Cocoa and coffee are perhaps one of the best ways to boost immunity since they are rich sources of antioxidants, can be drunk warm and hot and help in providing fluid intake. They are also very helpful in preventing flu and treating it after one contracts it.
Most commonly, the soles of the feet and the lips are most affected due to winter. Taking care of both is very important to prevent development of any infection. Most winter based creams and balms now have a vitamin E component added to them, which is a very good substance to use during winter. It helps in moisturizing, healing and smoothing the skin, and helps in preventing any new chapping from developing.
The hair too is damaged considerably during winter, mainly due to loss of water content. This then leads to flakiness and brittleness of hair structure. Alongside, washing with shampoo and using hair products and machines can damage hair further. A proper way to manage it is to oil hair very regularly, avoid shampooing frequently, and using a good hair serum, again with Vitamin E to the hair after washing to prevent drying out and flakiness of hair.
Using these tips can help address some of the most common body problems of winter.