At times, it feels as though the weather can wreck great havoc on our skin. As the temperatures become colder, our skin can have an adverse reaction, as many of us experience.
But the winter months don’t have to be a dreaded time for us when it comes to skincare.
Here are a few tips that can help our skin get through this icy period.
Use a humidifier – According to some experts, there’s less moisture in the air during the winter months, giving way to a dryer environment. (This applies to places that are artificially heated). This can also contribute to the drying nature of winter skin. We can combat this problem by using a humidifier. If you live in a large home, you may also want to consider more than one of these. Be sure to clean the humidifiers on a regular basis, so that they don’t become contaminated or moldy over their prolonged winter season use. Home and institutional heating systems can blow hot air that is extremely dry, and can actually make skin dryer in the winter months.
Stay hydrated – Another important aspect of combating problematic skin during the winter months is to stay hydrated from the inside out with plenty of fluids. I’ve found that it’s easy not to get enough liquids on a daily basis, and consequently, our skin can become visibly dehydrated. I’ve noticed that when I’m not drinking enough water, dry patches will form on my skin as well. The Mayo Clinic recommendation for men is to consume 13 cups or three litres of water everyday. For women, the daily water consumption is going to be 9 cups of water, or 2.2 litres of water per day. There are times when I just find it difficult to drink that much water, particularly all at once. When I spread the water consumption out through the day, it seems to be easier to get more water into my system.
Stay moisturised – Keeping the body – and the hands in particular – moisturised during the winter months can sometimes feel like a full-time job. However, it’s necessary to keep skin comfortable. Some skin experts also recommend moisturising right after your bath or shower, as applying it right after bathing helps lock more moisture into the skin.
Use the right products – Face and body products containing alcohol can further dry out your skin. Check the ingredient labels of your cosmetic and skincare products for a high alcohol content and consider a substitute. For example, some face masks, peels and astringents will have a high level of alcohol, further drying the skin out. You may also want to consider a mild, alcohol-free cleanser.
Cover more skin – Protecting skin from the harsher elements of any winter can include wearing more protective clothing like gloves, scarves and fabric face masks. Also, some skin experts recommend wearing sun screen all year round, since your skin is still vulnerable to ultraviolet rays in the winter months.
Eat well – Some skin experts believe that eating healthy impacts our ability to fight the harsher winter elements that inflict such dryness on our skin. Green, leafy vegetables have been proven to help the human body and also aid the immune system. For example, carrots contain nutrients that can help your body and skin fight off damaging environmental elements. The idea is to give our body the right foods and nutrients it needs to keep it healthy and work properly.
What are your secrets of success for great skin during the winter months?
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