Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers – And who wants that!?
1. Wash in Lukewarm Water
Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.
2. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle close by, and use every time you wash.
I know it’s not quite the sexiest of looks, but wrap and protect that skin of yours! Wear gloves and scarves to protect from the cold winds, rain, and snow.
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like hot choc, gingerbread lattes and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. Try a little warm water with lemon for a very refreshing and hydrating alternative.
5. Moisturise your skin, whilst you sleep!
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning – waking up with silky smooth skin, is such a good feeling!
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter – I know I do! We need to start doing so though! Moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference.
7. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants
This point in particular is something I certainly have to follow, as a sufferer of psoriasis. If you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) , and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin.
8. Hydrate From the Inside Out
Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
9. Change Your Cleanser
Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.
10. Make Your Own Masks
Making your own skin masks, couldn’t be simpler, and is an easy way towards providing needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturising ingredients such as; honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
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