It’s wintertime, the air is frigid and dry outside, and any kind of indoor heat leaves it even more parched. Whipping winds, dry air, and chilly temps can really cause your skin’s protective barrier cracks, making it less able to repair itself.
Read on to find out what you should be doing for boosting your winter skin care regimen to prevent your skin from falling victim to dryness, cracking and irritation this winter.
Top 5 Winter Skin Care Tips To Keep Your Skin Moist And Healthy
1. Exfoliate Regularly: Skin cells are constantly dying. It may sound sad to you, but it’s actually a healthy thing – because they get replaced with fresh new cells. Exfoliating your skin regularly not only scrubs away the dry, dead cells which tend to be dry and coarse, but it also accelerates that process and prevent your skin from looking dull and pasty. Moreover, it lets the moisturizer to penetrate the skin better so as to help keep your skin hydrated longer.
Scrub your skin with a quality exfoliant at least two times in a week during the cooler months. If your skin is dry, you might want to do it three or four times per week.
You can use oatmeal as a natural exfoliant, as it’s great on dry skin, especially when mixed with milk and honey. And, if you have oily skin, use baking soda and water. Both work effectively and are far cheaper than commercial masks.
2. Moisturize Frequently: As the outdoor humidity drops, so too does the water content of your skin. In essence, this means your skin critically needs using a daily moisturizer that contains ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter or any other natural moisturizing element will keep your skin from feeling the effects of winter. You can also use natural moisturizers such as extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil. These natural ingredients are among the least expensive on the market and theyhelp all day long since they are made up of the essential fatty acids our bodies need.
Lest we not forget, thorough skincare means hydrating from the inside, too. Taking vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids – either as supplements or through increased intake of nutritious foods, such as fish, nuts and leafy greens – helps to improve your skin’s elasticity.
Tip: If your skin is excessively dry during the height of winter, consider applying a natural moisturizer (sans any irritating chemicals) onto your hands, face, and neck every hour or so. Avoid using commercial products because some of them actually contain ingredients linked to cancer.
3. Use A Hydrating Night Cream For The Face: If you have super dry skin, consider applying a night cream on your face. Night creams contain reparative and regenerating ingredients such as avocado oil, which penetrates the skin slowly while you sleep and moisturize your skin deep down below the surface for lasting moisture the next day.
Natural Beauty Tip: To soften stubborn dry patches on rough elbows and knees, use a rich, homemade hydrating scrub made up of honey. According to Miami dermatologist Jeremy Green, MD, humectant honey reduces inflammation, and sugar when applied topically increases circulation in skin.
To quote Ford makeup artist Lisa Trunda: “I use a simple mix of honey and sugar.”
4. Wear A Scarf: The freezing chill and icy winds of winter can windburn your exposed skin areas, which will dry out your skin and can irritate it as well. The scarf is quite possibly the single-most important piece of winter accessory, covering up your neck, face, and nose from the blistering cold. The first and foremost way to save your skin in the winters is to keep it covered: wrap your neck, chin and cheeks in a warm scarf and wear a hat or hood to protect your forehead.
5. Drink Water: As the temperature in winter gradually drops, we tend to cover our body with layers of clothing and use a room heater or any other air conditioning device to keep ourselves warm. The artificial hot environment we create can cause dehydration in our body and skin. Drinking eight glasses of water a day helps our body maintain its fluid balance and even helps us keep our skin rejuvenated.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) Don’t forget the golden rule of skincare in any season. Use sunscreen. Sunrays are the fastest way to age your epidermis. If possible, find moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Otherwise, make sure you apply a good quality SPF 30 simultaneously.
(ii) A trick is to moisturize head to toe after a shower, when your skin is still a little wet. However, if you have acne prone skin, this could clog your pores and cause a breakout – so experiment to find out how your skin responds best.
The above are the top 5 tips that you should include in your winter skin care routine. In addition keep your body covered, as much as you can, when you go outside, and use a natural moisturizer like organic coconut or extra virgin olive oil right when you come back in – so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.