Every year when winter rolls around you suffer from the same problems: dry, dull, flaky and/or itchy skin. Sometimes dry skin symptoms can even be worse: your skin is cracking or you suffer from eczema(inflammation of the skin).
Obviously this all results from the colder temperatures, but how can you counteract this? Get our top winter skin care tips to get your healthy glowing skin back!
1. Upgrade Your Moisturizer
The moisturizer you’re using in spring and summer is working just fine, but as soon as winter arrives you need an oil-based moisturizer. Look for ingredients such as almond oil or avocado oil, which add a protective non-clogging layer to your face.
2. Use A Humidifier
The air coming from central heating systems is seriously drying your skin, so use a humidifier to prevent your skin from dehydrating. Don’t have a humidifier? Use dishes filled with water instead.
3. Go Easy On the Peels
Facial peelings and alcohol based toners can be really harsh to your dry winter skin right now, so use them sparingly. Instead find a light foaming cleanser or a creamy cleansing fluid that are hydrating.
Once a week use a face mask to deeply nourish your skin. Look for masks containing avocado oil or better yet make your own avocado mask! Just mash up an avocado, massage into your skin, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off. Use tissue to clean up any residue and follow up with a moisturizer.
4. Feed Your Winter Skin
Make your diet work for you, not against you! Eat more omega 3 rich foods like fish-oil and flax-seed oil. Coconut oil is also good for you skin since the fats are similar to mothers milk, which have skin nourishing effects. Use a tablespoon each day to reap the benefits.
Foods rich in anti-oxidants are also good good for your skin, so be sure to include lots of leafy green vegetables, blueberries, carrots and red beans in your diet.
5. Cool Down the Hot Showers
Having long, hot showers or baths in winter can be bliss for your tired achy muscles, but your skin begs to differ! Hot water strip your skin of moisture, so stick to warm, short showers instead. Use a shower oil instead of harsh alkaline shower gels and apply a creamy lotion or an oil (again coconut oil is great and cheap!) to your skin straight after showering to lock in moisture.
6. Don’t Forget Your Hands And Feet
You hand and feet are also suffering from the cold weather so treat them with a cream containing ingredients like glycerine. Use a cuticle oil every day to nourish your dry brittle nails.