As winter brings in the dry, cold air, your skin may be feeling dry and
dull as well. With low temperatures, the moisture from our skin tends
to evaporate more quickly, leaving us with dry, tight, and flaky skin.
While there is not much we can do about the weather outside, there are
several things we can do to keep our skin protected from the harsh effects
of winter. Below are some helpful tips on how you can keep your skin hydrated
all throughout the cold season.
Drink Plenty of Water
During winter, we tend to drink less water because we are more likely to
drink hot beverages instead. However, coffee and tea are not enough to
keep our bodies hydrated. When we are dehydrated on the inside, it also
shows on the outside, which is on our skin. Make sure to stay on your
six to eight glasses of water per day. If you want a hot drink, opt for
a cup of hot water with some lemon instead to keep you warm, fuzzy, but
Avoid Long Hot Baths or Showers
We know how wonderful hot baths or showers feel especially during the winter.
But hot water can actually rob your skin of its moisture. You may want
to set the temperature of your water a little lower than usual. If you
can’t take a lower temperature, you can try adding some essential
oils to your bath or shorten your usual shower time.
Choose Essential Oils as Moisturizer
Your usual petroleum-based moisturizers may not do so much for your skin
during winter. Try using some essential oils instead. After your bath
or shower, lightly pat your skin with a towel and apply the oils while
skin is still damp. The oils can seal the moisture of your skin instead
of having them evaporate in the air. If you don’t like the feel
of essential oils to your skin, you can opt for a moisturizer made with
pure cocoa butter.
While exfoliation is essential to healthy skin, you may want to ease up
during winter. Overly exfoliating your skin can strip away the moisture
from the skin. Limit exfoliating to once a week or even once every two
weeks and make sure that you follow this up by slathering some essential
oils or pure cocoa butter to keep your skin hydrated.
During winter, indoor air can also be drying to the skin. As the heat inside
your home gets higher, the less humidity there will be. Humidifiers are
helpful in reintroducing moisture back into the air inside your home.
You can leave this on while you sleep to keep your skin moisturized and
you don’t wake up with dry, flaky skin.
While the weather outside may be harsh, cold, and dry, your skin does not
have to be. Just follow our helpful tips and maintain a soft, supple,
dewy skin until the changing of the season.
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should
consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.