The harsh, dry winter air can do a number on your skin. Skin can crack, chafe, itch and form dry patches when winter rolls around. This year, save your money on expensive products which prove to be ineffective most of the time anyway. To keep your skin looking and feeling good, there are a few precautions you can take this season. Keep reading to find out how.
Stay Hydrated - Most skin experts say that staying hydrated is the secret to a great looking complexion. This is especially true in the winter. Make sure you get plenty of water and you will lubricate your skin from the inside out.
Eat Good Fats - Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid like salmon, walnuts, or flaxseeds regularly. You an also take it in capsule or liquid form if youâ€™d like to make sure youâ€™re getting the proper amount.
Bundle Up - Make sure that your skin has minimal contact with the elements. Youâ€™ll be less likely to suffer from chafing, chapping and cracking if you protect your skin from direct contact from the cool winter air.
Humidify Your Home - Since itâ€™s dry air that is the culprit, invest in a humidifier. The air inside your home can be extra dry when your furnace is running often. A humidifier will help rebalance the air moisture therefore helping your skin to do the same.
Exfoliate Regularly - Exfoliating will help you slough off dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. This is an essential tool for keeping your skin healthy and vibrant during the coldest months of the year.
Moisturize - While this seems like an obvious solution, not all moisturizers produce the best results. Use a thick moisturizer like shea butter which will help by creating a protective layer as well as adding moisture to your skin.
Moderate the Temperature - Itâ€™s tempting to take a super hot shower – especially in the winter. But when you are suffering from dry skin, that is one of the worst things you can do. Instead take a warm shower since hot water will draw out moisture and cause more dryness.
Stick to Simple Ingredients - Avoid using products and soaps with harsh ingredients like preservatives, fragrances or dye. Use natural soaps with glycerin or castile as the base – these soaps tend to help moisturize the skin rather than take it away.