Fall is upon us and winter is …
They say, “To appreciate the beautcomingy of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
Winter Weather is not for the skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, redness, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.
Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. Taking care of your skin during this season, require a little extra effort to stay hydrated and rejuvenated.
Before your skin has a chance to feel the effects of the cold, dryness and wind, bolster your routine with these skincare tips for dry skin that will keep it feeling invigorated, fresh and soft:
By keeping your body hydrated, your skin will naturally follow suit. If you have a hard time remembering to sip your H2O, learn to make a habit out of it by setting a reminder in your phone or even try something silly—like taking a sip every time you glance at the digital clock and the last digit is an odd number.
- Winter naturally brings low humidity, but your furnace can decrease humidity as well. Invest in a good humidifier, or several to place throughout your house to keep moisture in your home. Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
- We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time. Sip pomegranate juice as this bright red fruit is packed with polyphenol antioxidants which not only fight free radicals but studies have shown that they may prevent cell aging.
Swap your moisturizer:
Your skin not only needs more moisture but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash. This is a very important skincare tip for dry skin.
- Use a rich, oil-based moisturizer during the winter months. This will help seal water in your skin and will keep it more moisturized than water-based face lotions. As always, choose organic and know your ingredients.
- Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients.
- Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution for dry skin, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Try Indie Lee’s natural moisturizing oils, as they’re made with natural, hydrating ingredients like lavender, chamomile, jojoba, and more, which help soothe dry, itchy skin.
Don’t Forget To Use Sunscreen:
Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from the sun( UV rays), cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as the summer sun, so apply a safe sunscreen to protect your skin.
- You can use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as an option to any exposed areas.
- There are many sunscreen lotions and creams available in the market with different SPF. Choose a suitable one.
Exfoliate Your Skin:
It is a technique that can be used to remove dead skin cells. When left unattended, these cells will build upon the face and body, leading to dry, grey skin as well as blemishes like acne. Exfoliation reinvigorates the skin, making the body and face appear smoother and healthier while getting rid of unsightly flaws. We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful.
- Use exfoliating scrubs, cleansers according to your skin type. Scrubs and cleansers containing sugar, pits, salt, and other natural exfoliating substance.
- Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference.
- Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.
- Use gentle scrubs for sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin should try the product on 1 small area of the face and use it only if it does not produce irritation.
Maintain a Healthy Diet:
Nutrition is important for health. An unhealthy diet can damage your metabolism, cause weight gain and even hurt organs, such as your heart and liver. But what you eat also impacts another organ — your skin. As scientists learn more about diet and the body, it’s increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect the health and aging of your skin.
- Cucumbers and celery naturally contain a lot of water—which makes them a perfect snack when you’re trying to keep yourself and your skin hydrated.
- Orange and yellow veggies, like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers, and pumpkin, are great for your skin due to the antioxidant, beta-carotene. And to boost your consumption of vitamins A, B, and E, as well as your iron.
- Get your omega-3 fats: Take a fish oil supplement and increase your healthy fat consumption. Our skin loves it when we consume healthy fats. To support the brain and overall health and, to keep our skin beautiful, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are necessary. EFAs are found in cold-pressed oils, flax and hemp seeds, walnuts, dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, egg yolks (make sure they are pastured eggs, not cage-free), and cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel. Stay away from farm-raised fish though.
- If you don’t eat a lot of fish, take high-quality fish oil. I like the blue-label Costco brand, Kirkland Signature Enteric Coated Fish Oil Omega 3
- In addition, eating plenty of other healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, olives, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter will greatly benefit your skin. It is really a very important skincare tip for dry skin that I prefer.
Use DIY Masks:
Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months and prevents the skin from drying out.
- Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe.
- Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
Dab on some coconut oil:
Virgin organic coconut oil serves as a highly effective product 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 keep your skin looking youthful.
Turn down the heat:
It feels great to slip into a tub of hot water in the winter, but some of us have the habit of overdoing it a bit with the temperature of our H2O. The heat of the water mixed with your soap depletes the natural oils on your skin, which will cause it to dry out faster. If you get out of the shower and your skin is red and itchy, this is a sign that the water is drying out your skin.
Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens, and Irritants:
Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare-up. Dry skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. In addition, glutathione is considered the “master antioxidant” and helps your body detox.
Opt for Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers:
Not only is your skin your largest organ but it’s highly permeable—meaning that what you put on your skin is likely going into your body and bloodstream. Plus, antibacterial soaps, skincare products containing alcohol and fragrance-filled soaps strip your skin of natural oils.
- Choose natural, organic soaps and avoid fragrances, instead choose essential oils.
- The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. (And do look for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” because “unscented” products may actually contain fragrances.)
- You can also prevent dry skin care problems by using less soap overall, so limit your lathering to necessary areas, such as your hands, armpits, genitals, and feet.
Change Out of Wet Clothes Quickly to Avoid Itchy Skin:
Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. If gloves, socks, and pants become wet, be sure to remove them as soon as possible to prevent dry skincare problems.
I believe these simple changes to your Dry Skincare regime and healthy eating routine will make a huge difference during these colder months to keep your skin hydrated, nourished and vibrant.
Have you made some changes to your routine that helps to boost your skin’s appearance?
Please comment below, I would love to hear what works for you.