November 25 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Our bodies naturally go through transitions throughout the year. From spring, to summer, fall, and especially winter; skin can become dry and flaky, and even itchy in some common areas like the arms, legs, backs or scalp. The frigid temperatures throughout the winter months, also brings about uncomfortable dryness to the skin on the face, hands, lips and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling. Winter is the time of year when eczema tends to show up more than any other time of the year. The skin often feels very inflamed and downright irritated. So, what are the best skincare practices to add to your regimen during those cold winter months? Glad you asked! Let’s look at how to keep your skin moist and healthy through the winter.
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Exfoliate and Moisturize More
Look for a moisturizer designed for your skin type (e.g., oily, dry, acne-prone) and work from there. Full-body moisturizing is also essential, as well as exfoliating a few times a week to remove any dead skin cells to make way for new, healthy skin. Keep a lip-balm in your bag or desk and apply throughout the day as well. There’s no point having beautiful healthy skin if you have chapped lips!
The more water you drink, the happier your skin will be. We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but a lot of us forget to make it a priority. Drinking water helps boost our brain function, as well as our skin, hair and internal organs.
Watermelon, cucumber, and grapefruit all have naturally high levels of water in them, so they make a great alternative if you find it hard to drink enough water throughout the day. Aim for at least two liters of water each day , ideally, this will be through drinking plain water, but herbal tea or water infused with strawberries, cucumbers, lemon or lime, makes a nice change.
What About Your Hair
For several different reasons, winter is one of the harshest times of year for our hair. The air is much drier outside and warmer inside due to the outside temperatures. But even though winter may be a tough season to deal with your hair, it doesn't have to be.
We all know keeping our hair clean by shampooing is necessary for healthy hair. It’s always great to use a conditioning cleanser for your weekly washes during the winter months. Conditioning cleansers have cleansing agents in them that are less harsh than those in shampoos and are a lot more beneficial to our hair when the air is cooler outside, warmer inside, and dry all around. Using a cleansing conditioner ensures that your scalp and hair are properly cleansed, and your hair is still moisturized. Thus, your scalp can breathe, and your hair continues to flourish.
Deep Condition Often
Deep conditioning during the drier months is imperative for healthy, moisturized hair and length retention. Our hair is naturally dry and the winter air and inside heating doesn’t help. Therefore, it's important for us to deep condition our hair to provide the necessary hydration to keep it looking and feeling its best.
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