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National Winter Skin Relief Day – January 8, 2025

National Winter Skin Relief Day is observed annually on January 8. National Winter Skin Relief Day brings awareness to our skin needs during this time and reminds us of the importance of properly caring for our skin. The day also reminds us to relieve our skin from the winter blues and give our skin the extra attention it typically needs during winter. It’s not difficult to look after your skin, as you’ll see from this article, and it’s completely worth it. After all, we only have one skin, and there are no do-overs.

History of National Winter Skin Relief Day

National Winter Skin Relief Day has been observed annually since 2017, when Valeant Consumer Healthcare designated it as a day to educate consumers about the importance of skin protection during the coldest time of the year. The winter months are a time when cosmetic products like moisturizers are particularly important. And since the 1968 Miss America protest that labeled certain cosmetics products and their manufacturers as “instruments of female torture,” there has been a significant shift towards producing modern cosmetic products and moisturizers.

As winter kicks into gear, National Winter Skin Relief Day’s goal is to remind us of all the ways we can keep our skin from withering away. Valeant Consumer Healthcare outlined several ways to do that, including the use of skin-protecting ointments that can hydrate and protect the skin by applying a moisturizer and allowing it to dry before dressing to protect your skin during the day. They also encourage consumers to look out for ingredients like petrolatum, hyaluronic acid, mineral oil, and ceramides in their choice of skin-protecting ointment.

Arguably, the best way to know if your skin needs extra time and effort is when it starts itching and getting irritated due to the dry winter air or rubbing against your clothing. It shows that you need to commit to caring for your skin a little more by moisturizing regularly and applying sunscreen daily. You can also use a humidifier and include water- and air-resistant products (occlusive products) in your skincare routine.

National Winter Skin Relief Day timeline

The World’s Largest Cosmetics Company

Eugène Schueller starts L'Oréal as the ‘Société Française de Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux’ or the “French Company of Inoffensive Hair Dyes.”

Miss America Protest

Women gather outside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to protest the Miss America pageant broadcast live inside the building and the cosmetic products they label as “instruments of female torture.”

Global Animal-Tested Cosmetic Ban

In March 2013, the E.U. bans the import and sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals.

Growing Cosmetics Sales in China

According to Euromonitor International, China’s cosmetics market tops $4,3 billion, making it one of the largest in the world.

National Winter Skin Relief Day FAQs

How can I soothe my skin in the winter?

Use a humidifier and don’t bathe in water that is too hot.

What dries skin out in winter?

The cold air outside evaporates the water in your skin, leaving it dry and tight.

How many layers of skin are there?

There are three layers: the outer layer or epidermis, the middle layer or dermis, and the deeper layer or hypodermis.

How to Observe National Winter Skin Relief Day

  1. Read about skincare in the winter

    Learn about skincare routines you should adopt during winter to protect and save your skin from its harshness. Cold, dry air can leave your skin itchy and irritated, so learning how to prevent it will do you a world of good.

  2. Care for your skin

    Winter can make your skin feel dry since indoor heat zaps moisture from the air and your skin. Follow a simple routine of staying hydrated and regularly moisturizing to retain your skin’s natural moisture.

  3. Share skincare tips on social media

    Help people maintain their skin’s health during winter by sharing your skincare routine and using the hashtag #WinterSkinReliefDay.

5 Things You Should Know About Your Skin

  1. Alcohol and hazel

    Applying witch hazel or rubbing alcohol on dry skin dehydrates the skin.

  2. Common skin problem

    Dry skin is the most common skin problem people face, especially those required to wash their hands due to their work.

  3. High risk of sunburn

    Winter comes with a high risk of sunburn since the intensity of the U.V. rays is enhanced by reflecting from the snow.

  4. So much skin

    The average adult has 21 feet of skin, weighing 9 pounds.

  5. Dry skin and water

    Winter weather can lead to loss of skin hydration, making the intake of a lot of water necessary for your skin to stay hydrated and moisturized.

Why National Winter Skin Relief Day is Important

  1. Reminds us of the importance of skincare

    National Winter Skin Relief Day brings awareness and reminds us of the extra attention our skin needs during winter.

  2. Encourages us to care for our skin

    Proper skincare is hard work! National Winter Skin Relief Day encourages us to take the time and effort to care for our skin during the winter.

  3. It educates us about our skin

    National Winter Skin Relief Day helps us learn about the intricate details of caring for our skin during winter. Also, people sharing their skincare routine fills in our knowledge gap.

National Winter Skin Relief Day dates

2025January 8Wednesday
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2027January 8Friday
2028January 8Saturday
2029January 8Monday

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