Ah, winter! That lovely time of year when the temperature drops, the snow falls, and you get to walk in a winter wonderland…then your skin dries out and becomes cracked and chapped. During the winter, your skin needs some extra love to keep it healthy and happy. Here are 5 tips to take care of your skin this winter.
1. Drink Plenty of Water.
Our skin is made up of 70% water. In the winter, when there is less moisture in the air, our skin can lose its moisture and become dry and ashy. The first step in combatting this is to make sure you stay hydrated.
2. Invest in a Humidifier.
Since the air around you is dryer during the winter, it’s a good idea to invest in a humidifier to put some much needed moisture back into the air. I recommend putting one in every room you use the most but especially in your bedroom when you are sleeping at night.
3. Don’t take long, hot showers.
This is really a good tip for the whole year. I have a hard time with this one because I love a hot shower. The hotter the better. But it really does take a toll on my skin. The hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils leading to dryer skin. It is better to take quick 10-minute, lukewarm showers if you can stand it.
During the dry, winter months it is a good idea to exfoliate frequently. If there is a build-up of dead skin cells, it is harder for moisturizers and other treatments to work. Make sure you are taking the time to rid your skin of these excess cells. Try an easy homemade body scrub by mixing 1/2 cup carrier oil (like jojoba, almond, olive, etc.) with 1/2 cup sugar or salt. For a wonderful scent, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. I’m partial to lavender.
5. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize.
This is probably one of the most important tasks on this list and yet it seems like the one people forget to do or forgo doing most often. Because our skin is so dry in the winter, it is important to moisturize often to add some moisture back and to hold moisture in.
A regular body lotion may do the trick. However, I always feel best using a thicker body butter. For the small spots such as cuticles, elbows, knees, etc., I recommend a skin conditioning oil. Arbonne sells an amazing one that works wonders. Recently, my husband had a spot on his arm that was dry and really red. It looked awful. We put some of the oil on it before bed one night and it was noticeably better the next day.
Depending on your skin, you may get away with moisturizing once a day but I prefer to moisturize once in the morning and once more before bed. If you do choose to moisturize at night, try doing so about 30 minutes before bed to keep from feeling too wet or sticky when crawling under the covers.
If you follow the above tips, you should be able to keep soft, hydrated skin throughout the winter.