The winter weather has its advantages such as skiing. And it is so nice and cozy under the warm blanket or snuggle near the fireplace with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate within your reach. The scenery outside almost reminds you of a landscape photography captured by Ansel Adams. It is almost perfect until you are reminded of the harsh reality that this weather can bring to your skin. It can leave your skin dull and dry.
Here are five skincare tips to keep your skin healthy during the winter so you can still enjoy the weather.
If there is one thing you need to do during the winter season, it is to remember to keep your skin moisturized. Your skin can easily become dehydrated as a result of the cold and dry weather. During the winter season, switch your regular moisturizer to an oil-based moisturizer. This will be able to retain more moisture as it creates a protective layer on your skin. Keep in mind though that not all oils are appropriate for your face. So go for avocado oil, almond oil or primrose oil because they will not clog your pores.
Settle For A Warm Bath Or Shower
As enticing as it is to soak in a very hot bath or take a long hot shower in the winter, it actually really dries out the skin. A hot bath or shower strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin dry and at times inflamed. Forget about soaking too long for now and settle for a warm bath or a quick warm shower. Pat yourself dry after and slather your skin with moisturizer.
Consider Getting A Humidifier
Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapor into the air of your home to increase the level of moisture. A lack of moisture in the air of your own home contributes majorly to having dry and itchy skin. Therefore having a humidifier at home can prevent your skin from drying out and cracking which will make you more comfortable.
Eat Foods That Promote Skin Health
Make a habit of eating foods that are packed with antioxidants and are rich in Vitamin C. Examples of these are strawberries, oranges and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin C promotes the production of collagen so your skin looks youthful and antioxidants fight off the free radicals in your body. Of course, never forget to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day to keep yourself hydrated from the inside out.
Don’t Forget Your Lips, Hands And Feet
Another common area on the body that gets dry during the winter is your lips. Try using a dry toothbrush and gently rub it against your chapped and dry lips to remove the dead skin. Then never leave the house without a lip balm. As for your hands and feet, try and keep them dry. When you feel that your gloves or your socks are damp or wet, change it right away.
Have you tried any of these tips to keep your skin looking and feeling great in the winter? Do you have any other tips that we have missed? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.