Winter is coming and so is dry and unhealthy looking skin. The combination of the very cold and dry weather, and the heating that is blasted basically everywhere inside, makes our skin really dry! But does our skin really need to be dry in the winter? We think not. But there are a few things that you need to do to get healthy looking skin which isn’t dry.
We think that if you follow the 5 tips below, you should have skin which is more moist and healthy looking in the winter. That’s right, no more dry, flaky, and unhealthy looking skin in the winter.
Don’t Take Really Hot Showers Or Baths
As temping as it is to take a hot shower or bath in the winter, it does have it’s downsides. Hot showers or baths really dry out our skin. They take away a lot of moisture from our skin, make our skin inflamed, and leads to our natural skins balance getting interrupted. These things all lead to our skin drying out directly as a result of hot showers or baths. Try taking a shorter warm shower or bath instead.
Humidity levels in the winter can drop dramatically and in some areas humidity can drop to around 20%. This will severely dry out our skin. This is where a humidifier comes in. You can increase the humidity of your home to much more comfortable level and therefore making your skin have less time exposed to that really dry winter air. Try setting your humidity to around 50% for far more comfortable living. Aside from keeping your skin hydrated, a humidifier can also relieve nasal congestion.
The winter months of the year are the most important to keep up your moisturizing as your skin is at its driest. I would suggest moisturizing immediately after a warm shower or bath to help keep your skin moist (after drying of course). When choosing a moisturizer, get one which is oil based and made with all natural ingredients.
Heading outside in the winter? Make sure to carry around with you a small bottle of moisturizer to help keep your hands from getting dry. Gloves also do a good job here. And as for your lips, carry around a natural lip balm to help keep your lips hydrated. I like to use paw paw lip balm.
Add Food Into Your Diet Which Are Good For Your Skin
Keeping your skin hydrated can also be helped by what we eat. Try eating foods which are high in vitamin C. Great sources of vitamin C include dark leafy greens and citrus fruits. Having a high Vitamin C intake helps your body boost its production of collagen which helps to keep your skin looking youthful.
We usually get told to drink more water in the summer as our bodies are working hard to keep cool and we are sweating, losing moisture. But did you know that it is equally as important to drink lots of water in the winter also? Instead of sweating out moisture in the summer, in the winter months the dry air sucks moisture from our skin leaving it very dry. When skin is hydrated, it is more elastic and will be less likely to crack keeping it looking healthy and great. Try drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day to make sure you are hydrated. If you are in a state of constant dehydration for years, this can actually increase your chances of getting stretch marks.
So there you have it. Follow the tips above and you will be well on your way in keeping your skin healthy and hydrated during the winter. If you think that you have a skin condition or something doesn’t seem right to you, consult your doctor.