In Summer our skin looks great but in Winter it feels dry, uncomfortably, and itchy. Here's 10 tips to help you have healthy skin all Winter long.
1. Drink lots of water
Don't let you skin go thirsty, hydrate it by drinking lots of water. Try carrying a metal bottle (BPA free) with you at all times. Drinking herbal teas are also great, especially when it's really cold outside.
2. Use a humidifier
Put moisture back into the air with a humidifier which will help your skin remain supple instead of cracked and dry. Look for a cold mist humidifier and fill it with distilled water, as this will help reduce bacteria from forming.
3. Exfoliate face and body
Don't forget to exfoliate your face and body at least once a week.Scrubs help to remove old dry skin cells and allow the body to breath and better absorb moisture.
4. Use an oil based moisturizer
This will help nourish your skin and protect it from moisture loss. I like using an oil serum at night, in particular Argan oil since it it light, very moisturizing and great for all skin types including oily and acne prone skin.
5. Wear sunscreen
Remember to wear sunscreen all year round as it will protect your skin from aging. UVA rays are strong from summer to winter, but UV rays are actually more intense in the winter due to the glare from the snow. Protect your skin from the elements by applying an SPF-30 every morning.
6. Wear gloves
Don't expose your hands to the cold. Wear a good quality pair of gloves that doesn't irritate the skin to keep your hands dry and warm.
7. Eat flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil can is great to moisturize your body from the inside. It's rich in fatty acids and can do a lot for your overall health. I like adding it to my morning smoothies – yum!
8. Take an oil bath
Add a little jojoba oil or sweet almond to your bath water to nourish you skin. You can also add some dry milk powder with a few drops of essential oils as an alternative.
9. Lower the blow dryer setting
Hot air dries out your scalp and can irritate your skin. Lower the setting on your blow dryer and hot iron or try the tousled wavy style for the winter.
10. Don’t lick your lips
Saliva is acidic and will dry out and chap your lips. Remember to keep an organic lip balm in your pocket or purse and apply it regularly. Use only lip products that don't contain petrolatum (petroleum jelly) or other petroleum based ingredients as these nasty chemicals will actually dry your lips even more! Learn how to make organic lip balm
at home with only a few ingredients.
Have a happy, safe, and hydrated Winter season!