The winter weather is dangerous for the skin. The low humidity levels make your normal skincare regimen not quite enough. Without immediate care, skin becomes extra sensitive, drying, and peeling off. Paying attention to just a few simple skincare tips can help support natural skin health and avoid the pitfalls of winter! Try these tips to help your skin look fabulous:
1. Avoid hot showers and baths
Everyone loves soaking in a burning-hot bath but the heat will actually break down the lipid barriers in the skin which will cause you to lose moisture.
2. Moisturize More
Using a good winter moisturizer is key to locking in your skin’s natural moisture. Try to use a moisturizer that includes ingredients such as argan oil, shea butter. These ingredients contain essential fatty acids our bodies need. Using a quality skin hydrating soap can help keep your skin healthy throughout the winter months.
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3. Avoid Wet Clothes( socks, gloves…)
Wets clothes in the winter can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, or even eczema. While it might seem that the additional moisture to your skin would prevent dry skin, such surface-level moisture actually does the opposite in many cases.
4. Wash In Lukewarm Water
When you just want to wash your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. You can mix the lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda.
5. Vitamin C Kick
Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. It is known for its collagen-boosting properties, which is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of our body. However, try to avoid oxidized vitamin C it can do more harm than good, I would recommend creating your own DIY Vitamin C serum (vitamin C powder + rose water + glycerin).
6. Apply a Hydrating Night Cream for the Face
You may also want to try using a night cream for your face. Night creams are made with natural ingredients, like avocado oil, that penetrate the skin slowly while you sleep and restore the moisture level of your skin.
Exfoliating your skin is very effective to slough off dead cells. It allows the skin to absorb the moisturizer better. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and hands and follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference.
8. Use a humidifier
Humidifiers get moisture in the dry air which can be a key for your excessively dry itchy winter skin. The best way to benefits from humidifiers is to purchase several small humidifiers throughout your home to disperse the moisture evenly.
9. Avoid the harsh soaps
Harsh soaps strip oil from the skin and cause it to become dry. Try to look for skin products that contain moisturizers or added fats.
10. Don’t forget the hands
The most thinner skin of the body is the skin on our hands, so they need extra care and attention especially during the winter. Do not skip the hands.
11. Use DIY Masks
Depending on your skin type, a DIY mask can be designed to be a hydrating, deep-moisturizing treatment. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, argan oils, bananas, and aloe. In a small bowl mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
Winter time is often a much-needed reprieve from hot summer weather and humid climates. This shift in weather is often best categorized by low-humidity and the potential for dry and itchy skin. Taking some simple steps to make sure you help support natural skin health can help prevent the Winter from taking it’s toll on your skin! Do you have other tips on coping with winter skin issues? Please share them with our readers.