Winter is a harsh season for your skin. The low humidity levels, harsh winds and extreme cold can leave your skin dry, flaky and dull. However, by following some simple tips and tricks, you can winterize your skin to keep it healthy and beautiful.
Hydrate from the inside out.
Drinking plenty of water is essential for maintaining hydrated skin, but it’s especially important during the winter months. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. You can also add a humidifier to your room to help add moisture to the air and keep your skin from becoming dry and dehydrated.
“Artificial heating creates dry air which can cause dehydration,” notes Justine Clarabu of Wellbeing People, “This can be bad for our skin too as we go from the cold outside into a warm environment, causing chapped, cracked and dehydrated skin. Drinking more water will help your skin to glow and remove impurities from your body.
Exfoliating is important all year round, but it’s especially crucial during the winter months. Removing dead skin cells will help keep your skin looking bright and radiant. It will also help your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into your skin. Use a gentle exfoliant, such as a scrub or a facial brush, to avoid irritating your skin.
Keep your skin nourished.
Incorporating nutrient-rich foods into your diet can help keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. Foods that are high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as antioxidants and healthy fats, are especially important for maintaining healthy skin. Some great options include avocados, nuts, fatty fish and leafy greens.
Moisturizing your skin is crucial during the winter months. Look for a thick, nourishing cream or lotion that will provide intense hydration to your skin. Apply it immediately after showering, when your skin is still damp, to help lock in the moisture. You can also apply a heavier moisturizer at night to help your skin repair and regenerate while you sleep.
“Using a good moisturizer is key to locking in your skin’s natural moisture during winter months,” writes Longjam Dineshwori on TheHealthSite.com, “Apart from enhancing the moisture content of your skin, using a good moisturizer can soothe your skin and improve its glow. A winter moisturizer with SPF can even protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.”
Avoid hot showers.
While a hot shower may feel good on a cold winter day, it can actually be damaging to your skin. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated. Opt for lukewarm water instead. As well, limit your showers to 10 minutes or less to avoid over-drying your skin.
Use a gentle cleanser.
It’s important to use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils during the winter months. Look for a cleanser that is sulfate-free and contains nourishing ingredients, such as aloe vera or coconut oil. Use a gentle, circular motion to cleanse your skin and avoid scrubbing too hard.
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