Don’t go the winter without ways to protect your skin. The dry, cold winter weather can take its toll on your skin. The change in season means changing your skin care routine. By following the tips provided in this article, you’ll be more than prepared for your skin to look healthy and beautiful throughout the winter.
Drink plenty of water- This is the most basic tip that you should follow daily no matter what season it is. Up to 60% of your body is made of water, and 70% of your brain is made of water. Water helps to hydrate your skin, and allows moisture to flow through your body. It also helps to flush out and remove toxins out of your body that otherwise could cause skin to turn dry.
Use moisturizer for your skin- The harsh winter conditions cause skin to dry up, and can make already dry skin even worse. Should you find yourself going outside often, make sure you moisturize your skin with a really good moisturizer. Use one that is creamy and provides at least 30SPF protection. Avoid using moisturizers that contain a lot of chemicals or strong fragrances. The winter will also irritate your skin, and so a creamy moisturizer will help combat that. Apply moisturizer daily, and apply as much as you need if you are already suffering from dry skin.
Exfoliate your skin- You want to make sure you keep your skin looking healthy and fresh by removing the surface of your skin of dead cells. A lot of dead skin cells can occur during the winter. Make sure to exfoliate your skin one to three times a week, and never forget to apply a lot of moisturizer for your skin after doing so. Remember exfoliating your skin makes it dry in the process, and so you need to apply moisturizer to rejuvenate your skin.
Apply sunscreen to your skin- Even though the winter cold is around, so will the sun from time to time. Your skin can still take punishment from the sunlight combined with the harsh cold and winds. Since your face, neck, and hands get exposed, apply sunscreen in those areas 20-30 minutes before going outside. Reapply if you need to if you’ll be outside for long periods of time.
Use proper face cleansers- Use a cleanser for your face that is milk based or a mild-foaming cleanser. Avoid using cleansers that contain alcohol, which can add dryness to your skin by stripping your skin’s natural oils.
Take care of your lips- Use a good natural lip balm for your lips. Your lips will get exposed to the winter weather. Reframe from using medicated lip balms, which tend to dry up your lips. Apply lip balm or petroleum jelly on your lips and leave it overnight to ensure moisturized lips.
Intake of vitamins and nutrients- During winter, ensure you are consuming food and beverages with vitamins and nutrients to keep skin protected and healthy. Intake foods like oranges for vitamin C to protect skin and maintain a good immune system. Beverages like green tea should be consumed to get the antioxidants you need to remove unnecessary toxins and hydrate skin.
Take long, warm milk baths- Milk baths will help to nourish and moisturize your skin. Make sure to keep the temperature at warm. Intense heat of a hot shower or bath can break down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss in moisture. In addition, you can add oatmeal, honey, or herbs into the milk bath in order to enhance the benefits your skin receives from taking a milk bath.