As the colder months set in, it’s time to start preparing for the effects of winter on your skin. Colder temperatures and dry weather make for dry, irritated, and chapped skin. Luckily, we have compiled this list of ways to kick dry skin to the curb once and for all.
Avoid Super Hot Baths
- In some parts of the country, winter brings frigid cold temperatures and icy wind. Many of you may feel tempted to get a respite from the cold, by taking a super hot bath or shower. The problem with this, however, is while the hot water may warm you up, it also dries out your skin. Hot water strips away your body’s natural oils, which can lead to overly dry skin. When you go to take showers or baths this winter, use water that is not as hot and pat your skin dry. This will allow your body to retain its natural moisture. You can also use a nourishing body wash which will help you to avoid dry skin.
Use a Humidifier
- If your area is known for extremely dry conditions during the winter, you may want to consider using a humidifier at night. Humidifierscan help combat the negative effects of cold weather, and leave your skin feeling soft and supple when you wake up each morning.Humidifiers can also reduce other negative effects of cold weather like sore throats and coughs.
Switch from Lotion to Body Cream
- During the summer lotion is a great way to moisturize your skin. As cooler weather rolls in though, lotion can no longer handle the effect of dryness on your skin. In simple terms, lotion is comprised of droplets of oil mixed with water. This means the water content is higher than that of oil. Lotions spread easily, but the water quickly evaporates which can actually leave your skin drier. Body creamson the other hand, have a high oil content and low water content. They are harder to spread over dry skin, so the best time to use creams is immediately after showering when your skin is still wet. The cream will create a layer of oil on the skin, which helps lock in moisture and prevent dryness.
Don’t Stress About Wrinkles
- During the winter months, you may notice more wrinkles and fine lines on your face. The truth is, though, these imperfections may only look more noticeable because your skin is dry and irritated. Instead of stressing out about them, make sure to use a good night cream every night before bed, and get plenty of sleep. This will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and will help you feel more rested. Some night creams also combat dry skin while diminishing wrinkles, so that’s a win-win.
Don’t Use Soap
- Many soaps on the market today get your skin clean, but they also dry it out. For this reason, you should avoid soap when bathing and switch to a liquid non-soap based cleanser instead. Consider using a botanical-based cleanser, with ingredients like lavender or chamomile. This ingredients are naturally replenishing and will not dry your skin out. They are also suitable for people with irritated and sensitive skin. Botanicals are also a soothing choice for people who have chapped skin due to wind exposure.
Take Your Oils
- Oil is more than just a necessary ingredient in body cream; it is also something you should add to your vitamin intake. Fish oil and Flaxseed oil contain high amounts of Omega 3’s, which help keep skin supple and looking younger. Fish oil keeps your heart healthy, but it also reduces acne, wrinkles, and prevents your hair from breaking. Adding one of these oil supplements to your daily routine can actually help improve your skin’s appearance, reduce pain from joint inflammation during the winter months, and help people battle the effects of psoriasis and eczema.
Read the Ingredient Labels
- At the end of the day, it is crucial to know what you putting in or on your body. When you go to buy body creams or cleansers, you should also read the ingredient labels to see if it contains the right combination of things to help nourish your dry, chapped skin. One ingredient to look for especially during winter is lipids. Lipids are the barrier that help your skin retain moisture, and during the colder months these lipids are lost. Look for products that contain lipids such as Ceramides or Stearic Acid (an animal fat).
Drink Your Water
- Hydrating your skin is about using the right products on the outside, but it is also concerned with taking care of yourself on the inside too. It is especially important in the winter, to stay hydrated. During the colder months, you may drink less water in favor of coffee or hot chocolate. It is crucial, though, to still drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to keep your body hydrated. The effects of drinking plenty of water are far-reaching, and can actually help improve the look of your skin. Drinking enough water helps rid the body of toxins which can improve your skin, and people who drink more water tend to have less acne and a radiant glow.
Taking care of your skin is a year-round job. It is especially important to nourish your skin during the harsh winter months. To learn more about kicking dry skin to the curb once for and for all, contact us today!