Winter is synonymous with the holidays and festive season for most people. This not only means sugary treats that could lead to premature aging of the skin, but also alcohol consumption that can further dehydrate already dry skin.
It doesn’t help that we are tempted to take long hot showers in the colder months. Even though it might be a guilty pleasure for most come winter, as explained by dermatologist, Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, per Southern Living, hot water can strip away the “natural lipid barrier” in your skin and make matters worse.
According to dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Peterson (via Yahoo Life), another concern in the winter months has to do with the soaps you’re using and the clothing that goes hand-in-hand with the cold. Skin that’s already finding it hard to retain moisture because of the cold temperature can become further irritated by “soaps, wools, and other rough-textured clothing (which we like to wear in the winter), and fragrances,” explained the expert. What does this mean for your winter skin? Are you supposed to just embrace the strange things that can happen to your body in the winter? Not really, say the experts. In addition to watching what you eat and drink during Christmas and New Year’s, here are some skincare tips to follow.