Posted on December 19 2016
Sitting by a roaring fire or snuggling up to a space heater might be two of the toastiest, coziest ways to counteract frigid temperatures and blowing snow, but they do a nasty number on your skin. However, you can get real relief from those dry, itchy patches and cracked, bleeding hands and feet. Take some of these preventive steps and you can once again have that dewy summer glow.
Forego Hot Showers
Dermatologists will tell you that hot showers and baths can strip your skin of the oils that keep it moist, particularly in the winter when humidity is low, winds are high and the heat is blasting. You don’t need to become an ascetic monk and take ice-cold baths or showers; just turn the temperature down to a lukewarm level. After your shower, immediately apply moisturizer to your damp skin to seal in the hydration. Keep a bottle of hand cream near the sink and put it on after every wash. And for your face, which is particularly vulnerable to dryness that can lead to lifelong wrinkles, treat it to moisturizers that contain precious Argon, Amaranth, Olive, Macadamia, Avocado and Grapeseed oils as well as proteins and antioxidants.
Protect Your Skin
Cold and dryness are only two of your skin’s enemies. Even though it’s certainly not putting out very much heat, the sun’s rays can still cause damage such as wrinkling and burns. Dermatologists recommend that you wear sun screen even when it’s cold and cloudy, and shield your hands and face with gloves and a scarf to guard against wind, snow and rain.
Buy a Humidifier
Your heating system is one of the biggest moisture-suckers in your life. Combat its effects by buying a humidifier, particularly for your bedroom. A well-maintained yet inexpensive model can do wonders for your hands, face and body.
Lotions packed with essential oils, proteins and omegas can give your skin a moisture boost from the outside, but that’s not enough. You need to also hydrate from within by making sure to drink enough water. According to the Mayo Clinic, an adequate daily fluid intake for men is about 13 cups or three liters. For women, 9 cups or 2.2 liters of fluid is usually sufficient. If you find yourself drinking less water in the winter because of its cold temperature, consider heating it and adding a squeeze of lemon to make a soothing and flavorful drink.
Hydrate While You Sleep
Before you go to bed, take a few minutes to slather on some deep moisturizing lotion or oil to your driest areas. These include your hands, feet, ankles, elbows and knees. Wear gloves and socks to seal in the hydration.
Particularly in the winter, your skin accumulates dead cells that make drinking in the hydration from lotions and oils impossible. Slough them off by exfoliating on a regular basis. You can purchase exfoliating masks, facial scrubs and even body washes. Once you rid your hands, face and body of those unnecessary cells with one of these products, apply a rich moisturizer immediately.
Make Hydrating Masks At Home
You don’t need to break the bank to hydrate your face. Make your own paste that combines moisture-rich elements such as bananas, honey, yogurt, olive, almond and coconut oils and aloe. Leave it on for 10 to 30 minutes, and you will experience lasting moisture.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals & Irritants
Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis can make your life miserable anytime of the year, but their effects can be magnified exponentially between November and April. These conditions are made even worse if you are exposed to irritants or allergens that can lead to a flare-up. Protect your fragile winter skin by being careful not to wear itch-inducing fabrics. Use laundry detergents especially designed for sensitive skin, and be sure the moisturizing products you choose are pure and organic.
Eat a Hydration-Friendly Diet
The foods you eat can also help to guard you against the moisture-sapping effects of weather and indoor heating. Choose a diet high in water content that includes juicy fruits such as oranges, melons, cantaloupe, kiwi and apples. Watery vegetables such as zucchini, tomatoes, celery and carrots are also great choices. Getting enough vitamin C and zinc is important as well since these aid in the production of collagen and elastin that keep the skin flexible and supple.
Consider Changing Your Facial Cleanser
What works in the summer to rid your face of excess oils might be robbing you of the hydration you need now that the snow is flying. If what you are currently using contains either glycolic or salicylic acids, your face is being stripped of the hydration it needs. Look into switching to a more moisture-rich face wash. Follow it immediately with an organic, nutrient-rich product such as Lurevo’s 100% Organic and 100% Natural Facial Oil. It contains Argan, Grapeseed, Monoi (blend of Tahitian gardenia & Coconut Oil), Macadamia Nut and Amaranth Oils.
Once the snow flies, many of us feel the effects of the winter in the form of sore backs from shoveling and aching bones from the cold. All over our bodies, our skin takes just as much of a hit. Don’t let Old Man Winter make your face and body look wrinkled and damaged and feel itchy and uncomfortable. By taking just a few preventive steps, you can greet the spring with supple, dewy skin.