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Skin Hydration in Winter

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 still hydrated.

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.

Limit Exfoliation

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.

Use Humidifiers

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.

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