The best thing you can do on a cold day is light a scented candle and snuggle cosily in your bed with some good books and a hot cup of your favourite tea while the snow falls outside your window, creating the most beautiful scenery.

This is the ideal picture of a winter’s day which includes all its features, but omits some of its bad sides, like the fact that you can’t spend all day dreaming in your bed and that eventually you’ll have to go out of your house and face the harsh cold.

Even though winter is a rough season, and you will find a way to enjoy it, you must prepare yourself. You can resist the cold with warm layers of clothes, but don’t forget to protect your skin, which is very sensitive during this period. Read on to find out how.

 
 

Moisturizing, Moisturizing and, Again, Moisturizing

Dry and cold air, wind and snow may dry and harm your skin, so you need to protect it more than usual. You may already assume that the most important part of a skincare routine during the winter season is hydration. So, instead of using a lightweight moisturizer, opt for one that complements your skin type, and preferably has all of these components: humectants, hyaluronic acid, collagen, vitamins and SPF.

The last one – SPF – is extremely important considering one simple fact which many people usually forget – sun shines in winter same as it does in summer. Just because it doesn’t shine as brightly, it doesn’t mean that it can’t harm your skin, so you should apply sunscreen daily.

It’s much easier, not to mention cheaper, to do so if it’s already a part of the cream you use every day. Also, don’t forget to use a heavy night face cream – not so necessary during summer, but crucial for maintaining the level of hydration during the cold days.

A Gentle Touch

Moisturizing is not only important for your face, but also your body, so, after taking a shower (that shouldn’t last more than 15 minutes) don’t rub your skin with a towel, but use the towel to gently absorb the water from your skin’s surface and then apply the body moisturizer while the skin is still slightly wet. Instead of a lotion, choose a body cream specialized for dry skin, enhanced with natural ingredients.

If you want more intensive care, use natural oils and serums to boost the level of hydration and add glow to your skin. They also have a calming effect, so they can help you reduce harmful influences.

 The skin on your hands is the second most exposed part of skin during winter – the skin on your face being the first. Yes, you can use gloves, but sometimes you’ll need to get those on and off so many times during the day to do something, that it would be much easier not to even put them on.

Your skin dries off after each washing and, considering that hands don’t have many oil glands, they can’t recover by themselves, so you’ll need to pay extra attention to them. Moisturize them after every wash with a quality cream.

A Gentle Step

Even though your feet are protected from the cold, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t provide them with the same moisturizing care. After every bath, apply a body moisturizer on your feet and surprise them with a massage. This way you’ll boost your circulation and relax at the same time.

Once a week prepare a warm bath and treatment for your feet and – yourself!

A Smooth Kiss

Winter is the season of holidays, family reunions, romance and love. So prepare yourself for lots of kisses, especially if you have grandkids coming over for Christmas. Use a lip balm to protect and soften your lips and a lipstick with additional moisturizing effect to keep the balance.

Dry skin is one of the biggest challenges for women over 60 and cold weather doesn’t help at all. You need to be even more persistent in hydrating, not only with cosmetic products, but also with drinking lots of water and maintaining healthy nutrition. This is not just good for your skin, but for your overall health as well.

What steps do you take to care for your skin in winter? What dry skin products or moisturizers do you love to use? Please share your thoughts – and any tips! – in the comments section below.

Sophia SmithSophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and organic skincare. Sophia writes mostly on fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs. She is style editor at High Style Life and you can follow her on: Facebook Twitter and Google +.

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