The cold temperatures have certainly been felt this winter. And perhaps your skin is feeling the effects of the cold, dry air and wind. So, it’s time to bolster your skin care routine with a few tips that will keep it feeling invigorated, fresh and soft.
The Importance of Hydration:
If you keep your body hydrated your skin will naturally feel the effects and respond. But, maybe you don’t always remember to drink plenty of water. If that’s the case, try setting a reminder on your phone or an alarm on your digital watch to remind you… “Time to take a drink!”
Moisturize Differently During Winter:
For some, a quick switch to a more rich moisturizer during the winter months is a great solution. This type of formulation will help seal water in your skin and keep it more moisturized than water-based lotions.
Break out the Humidifier:
Depending on where you live, not only is winter air lower in humidity, but if your home has a furnace, it too, can decrease humidity in the air, as well. It’s like a double whammy. So, a good humidifier can add some moisture throughout your house to help keep your skin a little more hydrated.
From the Garden:
Oh… how Mother Nature is always looking out for us. Did you know that cucumbers and celery naturally contain a lot of water? It makes them the perfect snacks when you’re trying to keep yourself and your skin hydrated.
Plus… foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers and pumpkin are great for your skin because they contain natural antioxidants — beta-carotene.
Omega-3 Fats and Skin:
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, if the tops of your hands aren’t soft and smooth, it may be an indicator that you are deficient in omega-3 fats. You’ll find these essential fatty acids in salmon, olive oil and walnuts.
Avoid Chemical-Filled Soaps:
Most people don’t realize that the epidermis is the largest organ of the human body. They also don’t realize how highly permeable it is. This means that what you put on your skin is likely going into your body and bloodstream.
So, antibacterial soaps, skin care products containing alcohol and fragrance-filled soaps can strip your skin of natural oils. The more natural and organic your cleansers, the better.
Watch the Heat:
There’s nothing better than slipping into a hot tub of water, a wet sauna or shower during the winter months. But, you can run the risk of overdoing it with the heat of the water.
Overly high temperatures of the water — mixed with your soap will deplete the natural oils from your skin. This will cause it to dry out much faster. If you get out of the shower and your skin is red and itchy it’s a clear sign that the hot water is drying out your skin.
The Love of Coconut Oil:
Virgin organic coconut oil can serve as a highly effective natural lotion 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 will keep your skin looking youthful.
Sip Pomegranate Juice:
This bright red fruit is packed with polyphenol antioxidants that not only fight free radicals but studies have shown they may in the pre-mature aging of skin cells.
As the body ages its natural ability to regenerate new layers of skin slows down. Therefore, nix the aggressive scrubbing. Instead, gentle exfoliation will help slough off old skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin.