November 27 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Winter is the season our skin loses moisture and gets dry - the most. Skin care in winter is particularly difficult if you do not know the reason behind why your skin gets so dry. The cold wind and air in the environment pull the moisture right out of the skin to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air - thus making your skin dry and flaky. In addition, the need for warm showers or heaters during winter eliminate whatever moisture is often times left after the environmental elements.
Although we resort to different types of lotions and intense moisturizers to treat our dry skin, we tend to ignore important steps in our winter skincare routine. Let’s take a glance at a few awesome and helpful tips to keep your skin nourished, during these winter months.
Moisturize - Moisturizing the skin helps take care of the dry skin, however, a proper winter skin care routine is essential to work against and counteract the harsh effects of winter and keep the skin looking youthful. While following a winter regimen, it is important to know that moisturizing after every wash is essential. Moisturizing wet skin helps seal the moisture and keeps the skin soft. After every wash, apply moisturizer liberally all over the skin.
You can use honey infused body butters too for skin care in winter. Honey draws free water from the inner tissues to the surface layer of the skin. It also soothes dry, sensitive and irritated areas. Do you tend to get dry, cracked feet in the winter like me? You can apply honey infused body butters on your cracked heels to heal them. Did you know that your arms and legs have fewer oil glands, thus they tend to be drier than other parts, especially in the winter.
Exfoliate - Exfoliate regularly to get rid of the dead cells of the skin. And please remember those lips, nobody wants cracked and un-kissable lips. Check out our lip scrub here.
Keep yourself hydrated - Sometimes we don’t quite pay attention to when we are dehydrated; until it is too late. The easiest way to know that is to monitor what your pee looks like. If it’s not pale-yellow color, then you are not drinking enough water. So, drink plenty of water to boost up your regimen for skin care in winter.
Use lukewarm water to retain your oils - It may feel extra good to take a hot shower in the winter, but I would suggest you to avoid overly hot showers as it washes away natural oils and strips the skin of all its moisture leaving it dry and itchy. It is always better to rinse your face with lukewarm water instead of hot as well.
Hair care - Winter brings a lot of hair troubles like the dry and itchy scalp, dandruff and frizz that are quite capable of making those bad hair days more than we would care to have. Mix coconut oil or Almond oil are for sure ways to keep your scalp moisturized.
Healthy diet - We always promote staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is crucial for skin care in winter. Fruits, veggies and food products high in Vitamin C like oranges, kiwis, gooseberries, and lemons are abundant in the winter months.
Foods incorporated in a healthy diet acts as powerful antioxidants that boosts the immune system to brighten your skin, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Flaxseed oil, walnuts, fish, soybeans and spinach are few examples of Omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial to combat winter blues and keep that skin nice and plump.