Stop the Chap: Wintertime Tips for Moisturized Skin

Wintertime can be a warm, fun time when holiday decorations brighten up the nighttime streets and carols ooze through the radio in every store you shop at. However, wintertime can also be home to biting winds, bitter cold, and chapped lips. So how do you get through the most wonderful time of the year without your hands, elbows, face, and other parts of your body cracking and breaking due to their being too dry? If you're looking for a few tips for making it through winter with soft, supple skin, then here's what you need to know.

Swap Lotion for Cream

The difference between hand lotions and hand creams might seem to be simply semantic to you, but that's not the case at all. Hand lotions are generally much thinner than their creamier cousins, and while lotions are perfect for slightly dry legs and hands, they don't do much to protect you from the harsh winds of winter. Hand creams are much thicker. They're sold in containers rather than squeeze bottles, and you can dip your hand in a cream and take it out without the cream dripping and thus do a much better job at getting and keeping your hands moist.

Mind the Nighttime

You may think nighttime would be kinder on your skin than day because you're not out in the cold, but that's not actually the case. Chances are good you have some sort of heat system blowing air—dry air—around you home at night so you don't freeze in your sleep, and that air will dry out your face more than anything else (since your face is not being covered by your blankets). To solve this, try moisturizing with a sheet face mask before bedtime; many Korean brands are both hypoallergenic and extremely cheap over marketplace sites like Amazon. The extra moisture will help stave off the dry air from doing serious pore damage overnight.

Choose Your Gloves (and Socks) Well

You may think that one pair of gloves or socks is much like the other, but that's just not true; some socks and gloves will just keep the wind off, but others will actively moisturize your extremities. Look for gloves and socks marketed as "spa" products or those that advertise shea butter in their construction; these products are made so that they help restore the moisture and health to your hands and feet that winter can so easily sap from them. Don't just rely on your accessories for protection—make them work for you instead.

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