How to Protect Your Skin From the Effects Of Indoor Heating
Between the dry, cold temps outside to the even drier—but, thankfully warmer—temps inside, the chronic lack of moisture in the air during the winter season can wreak havoc on the skin. So, what’s a girl supposed to do? The obvious answer is hydrate… but, that’s a whole lot easier said than done. Luckily, we’ve tested out a few popular winter skin care tips and tricks to find what works best when dealing with the negative effects of artificial indoor heat. That being said, what kind of beauty editors would we be if we didn’t share the best ones with you? Keep reading to find out how to protect your skin from the effects of indoor heating.
INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
Indoor heating often sucks all of the moisture from the air—must like the cold winter weather outdoors. To counter the lack of humidity in your surroundings, try installing a humidifier. According to board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, humidifiers help to add that much-needed moisture back into the environment.
STEAM YOUR COMPLEXION
Looking for another way to beat the artificial heat? Try prepping your skin for hydration with a little at-home spa-style facial steam. Steaming your complexion can not only be a relaxing, zen-like experience (especially if you add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils), it can help prep your skin for a creamy—read: nourishing—facial mask, too. For more on how to treat your skin to an at-home spa-style facial steam, see our step-by-step guide, here.
REFRESH WITH A FACIAL MIST
One of our favorite ways to replenish our complexions with moisture in the winter is with a few spritzes of facial mist. Facial mist can be a great way to provide the skin with a burst of hydration on the go, making it the perfect product to keep on hand! We keep a bottle in our purses, gym bags, on our desks—you get the picture. New to the facial mist game? We share some of our must-try picks, here.
TRY A HYDRATING OVERNIGHT MASK
Hydrate your skin overnight with a nourishing overnight facial mask. Overnight facial masks are a great way to kick your nighttime routine into high gear and can result in soft, smooth, supple-looking skin come morning. What’s more? Applying a moisturizing overnight mask can help to soothe and hydrate dry, uncomfortable skin.
MOISTURIZE WITH SKIN CARE OILS
One of our favorite ways to hydrate dry skin is with deep-conditioning skin care oils. Skin care oils can provide your dry, uncomfortable winter skin with the nourishment it needs. What’s more? There are plenty of oils to choose from! From coconut oil to argan oil to avocado oil, jojoba oil, and more, choose your favorite and get to it!
Editor’s Tip: Want to reap the benefits of both your nourishing skin care oils AND your moisturizing body and face lotions? Try mixing a few drops of oil into your moisturizers and applying it to skin post-shower or bath.
EXFOLIATE 1-2 TIMES A WEEK
Give your dry, dead skin cell buildup caused by the harsh winter conditions—and that indoor heating—the boot with exfoliation. Exfoliating surface skin with a salt scrub, sugar scrub, loofah, or dry brush can help slough away dry, dead skin cell buildup and reveal softer, smoother, more supple-looking skin hidden underneath. On top of that, it can make it easier for your nourishing skin care oils and moisturizers to do their job, too! Curious to learn more about exfoliation? We share more about skin exfoliation, here.
KEEP A LIP BALM ON HAND… ALWAYS
There’s nothing—we repeat: NOTHING—worse than dry, cracked, uncomfortable lips in the winter time… and the lack of humidity caused by indoor heating does not help the situation. So, how do you avoid it? With some lip balm—and proper care—of course! In addition to exfoliating our pouts 1-2 times a week and applying nourishing lip masks when needed, we can’t leave the house without a lip balm. Lip balm can help soothe uncomfortable lips and lock in moisture all season long. In search of an ultra-hydrating balm to try this winter? Lucky for you, we shared some of our favorites here.