7 Ways to Keep Winter Skin Healthy, Glowing and Youthful
Winter can be harsh in a myriad of ways, but it can be especially hard on our skin. For that reason, it’s important we take good care of ourselves during the winter months to ensure we have vibrant, healthy skin during the cruel cold months. We’ve complied below 7 ways in which to keep your winter skin healthy, glowing and youthful.
Stay hydrated. By keeping your body hydrated, your skin will naturally follow suit. If you have a hard time remembering to sip your H2O, learn to make a habit out of it by setting a reminder in your phone. There are even apps for water consumption, or you can simply set an alarm every hour to drink at least 8 oz. You can try “pinch” test. Pinch and hold the skin on the tops of your hand for a moment and let go. If it doesn’t snap back quickly, you may need to up your water consumption. Stay hydrated!
Swap your moisturizer during the winter. Use a rich, oil-based moisturizer during the winter months. This will help seal water in your skin and will keep it more moisturized than water-based lotions. Choose organic and naturally derived oils. Jojoba, argon and almond oil are great to put on skin, especially at night before bed or right before getting out of the shower, while you’re still damp.
Hydrate with a humidifier. Winter naturally brings low humidity, but your heater can decrease humidity in the air at your home or office. Invest in a good humidifier, or several to place throughout your house to keep moisture in your home – it’s good for your skin. I love to move mine from the living room in the day and into the bedroom for sleeping. My plants love it too!
Avoid chemical-filled soaps. Not only is your skin your largest organ, but it’s highly permeable and sensitive to what you put on it —meaning that what you put on your skin is likely going into your body and bloodstream. Plus, antibacterial soaps, skin care products containing alcohol and fragrance-filled soaps strip your skin of its natural oils. Choose natural, organic soaps and avoid fragrances, instead choose to use essential oils.
Turn down the heat. It feels great to slip into a tub of hot water, or take an especially long steamy shower in the winter. The heat of the water mixed with your soap depletes the natural oils on your skin, which will cause it to dry out faster. If you get out of the shower and your skin is red and itchy, this is a sign that the water is too hot and is drying out your skin. Try cooling the water down a bit and when finished, again, it’s a great time to apply jojoba or sesame oil on your face and body while you are still wet and then pat dry with a towel.
Stay Oiled up. Along with jojoba, sesame and argon oil, virgin organic coconut oil serves as a highly effective product for skin care. Coconut oil fights free radical damage, possibly due to its high levels of ferulic and p-coumaric acid, and its natural antioxidant properties keep your skin looking youthful. Keep lubricated.
Gently exfoliate. As the body ages, its natural ability to regenerate new layers of skin slows down. Gentle exfoliation will slough off old skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin. And remember to finish with a good quality, rich body and/or face moisturizer when finished.
Cheers to keeping your winter skin healthy and Young Ever After – Dr. Rose
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