Oh My Gosh! Did we skip right over fall and land straight smack into winter? When the changing seasons catch you a little off guard, you need to always be prepared. Our skin is the biggest organ that needs special attention, because it doesn’t automatically take care of itself.
Winter weather is not fun for skin, and for many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
Ways to Stay Moisturized
Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin healthier and more comfortable this season, try these tips.
1. Wash in Lukewarm Water - Choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.
2. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards - Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin.
3. Protect - Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.
4. Humidify - Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
5. Drink Water - We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon or other fruits can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
7. Overnight Moisturize - Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider our Warm Vanilla Body Butter https://www.mybutterbar.com/collections/body-lotions-oils-butters/products/warmmm-vanilla-r-ch-butter-vegan-friendly-fan-favorite?variant=16723611137
8. Exfoliate - We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.
9. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants - Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin
10. Hydrate from the Inside Out - Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider Be Well’s omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.