Tips to Avoid Dry Skin
Winter is upon us, meaning you may find your skin is drier or more sensitive than usual. Below are five things you can do to avoid dry skin in Winter. These winter skincare tips will help to keep your skin healthy and nourished during the cold and dry season.
INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
The cold, dry air isn't your only concern during the winter months, but also how dry the air in your home becomes as you crank up the heat. Invest in a humidifier to add the extra bit of moisture to your atmosphere.
Choose from cool misted or heated humidifiers, and if you want to scent the air, add a couple of drops of natural essential oil to your water. You can invest in a single-room humidifier to use in your bedroom while you sleep or a family-sized humidifier that you place in a shared room. Also, kick up the frequency of steaming, which will feel extra special when it's cold out.
One of the best ways to avoid dry skin during the winter months is to cover up correctly before you head outdoors. Covering up is especially crucial if you live in extremely cold temperatures or in a city where you commute via bus or train.
Be aware that you can severely chap your lips and skin merely walking to and from the car without proper protection. Invest in weather-appropriate earmuffs, hat, gloves, scarf, shoes, socks, and coat. The good news is, you can find super cute winter-friendly options!
BOOST THE OMEGAS IN YOUR DAILY DIET
Skin health isn't just about taking care of your body externally, and you must also ramp up your internal hydration during the winter months. Drinking your 8 to 10 glasses of hydrating fluids each day is a start, but also increasing skin-healthy omega fatty acids in your daily diet is essential.
You can get omega fatty acids from a supplement or by eating more fish, avocados, and nuts. Even three days a week can go a long way to protecting your skin during the winter months and year-round too.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
SWITCH TO A WINTER SKIN CARE ROUTINE
We shared Autumn Skincare Tips with our readers a few months back, which still apply during the winter months. Below are just a few highlights:
- Switch to a cream-based body lotion; apply after your morning shower and again in the evening if needed.
- Keep hand cream and hydrating lip balm nearby to avoid dry skin on those exposed areas from chapping and cracking.
- Switch to chemical-free bath and body products, which you can easily find from Natural French Soap.
- Switch to a thicker facial moisturizer and consider using a PM serum to ultra-hydrate your face.
- Gently exfoliate, but only if your skin is not already chapped or cracked. Loofa, scrubs, and Epson salts work well.
- Even if it's grey and cloudy, the sun is still out, so don't forget your daily SPF protection.
GET YOUR BEAUTY REST
No matter what time of year it is, sleep is one of the best things you can do to help your body and your skin repair from the previous day. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of beauty sleep each night and invest in satin, soft cotton or comfy, cosy winter flannel linens. If your bedding is cute but rough and scratchy, it will further dry and irritate your skin.
Also, consider a satin finish beauty pillow to help your face and hair retain moisture and minimize breakage. Keep fine lines from forming, which can be caused by sleeping on your stomach or side.
Try not to wait until your skin shows signs of winter irritation before turning to the above tips, but if you do, it's never too late to make skin-healthy changes to your daily beauty routine!
Do you suffer from dry skin in Winter? Perhaps you could try some or all of the above. What are your top winter skincare tips to avoid dry skin? I'd love to hear them in the comments below.
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