Winter is a tricky time for skincare—it's the time of year when temperatures drop, moisture in the air decreases, and the wind is often blowing. It can leave us feeling dry, itchy, and irritable. With so many myths and misconceptions out there, it can be hard to know what to do for your skin during this season of changing temperatures.
In this blog post, we'll be debunking some of the most common winter skincare myths. From hot showers to sunscreen usage, you'll learn the facts and the simple steps you can take to protect your skin this winter.
Myth 1: Taking Hot Showers Is Good for Dry Skin
Taking hot showers may give you a moment of temporary relief from the chill, but hot water can strip the moisture from your skin, leaving it drier than before. Cold showers will be quite uncomfortable during the winter months, so it's best if you stick to lukewarm.
Myth 2: You Don't Need Sunscreen in Winter
Even if the sun isn't shining, it's still important to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Keep your skin safe and healthy by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 any time you're headed outside.
Myth 3: Facial Mists Will Hydrate Your Skin
Facial mists may feel refreshing on your skin, but it's important to understand that they won't provide enough hydration for your skin to stay healthy. Make sure to use a good moisturizer after your shower or any other time your skin feels dry.
Myth 4: Exfoliating Will Get Rid of Dry Patches
Exfoliating may seem like a good way to fight dry skin, but it can backfire. Exfoliating can leave your skin too dry, which can cause your skin to become even more irritated. Stick to moisturizing and regular cleansing instead.
Myth 5: You Don't Need to Change Your Skincare Routine
Your skin's needs change according to the season, so it's important to adjust your skincare routine accordingly. Add a humidifier to your bedroom, use more protective serums and creams, and make sure to reduce the use of drying agents such as exfoliants, toners, and astringents.
Myth 6: Wearing Lip Balm Is Enough
Most people assume that a good lip balm will do the trick in terms of hydration, but it just won't cut it in the winter. To keep your lips soft and hydrated, use a beeswax-based lip balm that contains SPF. If you find that your lips are feeling particularly dry or chapped, apply a natural oil directly to them before bed.
Winter can be hard on your skin, but with a few simple tips, your skin can remain healthy all season long. Keep your showers lukewarm, wear SPF, and adjust your skincare routine to combat dryness. And don't forget your lip balm! Now you have the right tools to fight winter's dryness and keep your skin in tip-top condition.