Winter weather is not fun for skin. Coldweather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skincan lead to cracking and bleeding. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.
Wash in Lukewarm Water
Hot showers and baths always feel good inthe winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face orhands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from theskin.
Moisturize Immediately Afterwards
Moistureright after wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness intothe skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink anduse liberally every time you wash.
Choose Moisturizer Carefully
Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-basedingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Besure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go foran oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to helpyour skin retain moisture in the winter.
We often forget to help the skin slough offdead cells in the winter, moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are tooplentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, aswell as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly seea smoother difference.
Hydrate From the inside Out
Eating foods high in water content can helphydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples,oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini,and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support thehealthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider omega3 supplement, orconsume more fatty fish and flax seed to give your skin the building blocks itneeds to appear supple and smooth. We tend to drink less water in winterbecause we turn to hot drinks like tea, but don’t forget that your skin needshydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be veryrefreshing and hydrating at the same time.
Change Your Cleanser
Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’reused to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with amore 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 sealin moisture.
Use DIY Masks
Homemade hydrating masks can provide neededmoisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like 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 10-30minutes for lasting hydration.