We all know that feeling, it’s the middle of January, you step outside and are hit by a gust of below freezing wind that makes you want to get right back into bed. The cold isn’t any easier on your skin either. Winter air makes your skin inflamed and causes flakiness. Here are some tips that help prevent the worst of winter skin maladies.
1.Eat foods that are good for you and your skin
You are what you eat! During the winter months, that statement couldn’t be truer. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like fish, nuts, and avocado help to prevent the skin from drying out. Omega-3 fatty acids make it easier for our skin cells to retain water. And they’re healthy too! It’s important to eat fish at least two times a week because although Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our health, the body cannot make them itself.
2.Buy a humidifier
Harsh artificial heat is a huge culprit for dry winter skin. In addition, the humidity level drops during the winter, so your skin ends up receiving less moisture both inside and outside the house. You can even make a homemade humidifier by putting a tray of water on top of a radiator or leaving the bathroom door open after a shower.
3.Use lukewarm water to shower
We know the prospect of a hot shower after a long day trudging through the snow is tempting but hot water can pull away the natural oils, causing scaly and irritated skin. So remember to keep your showers short and lukewarm.
4.Pat, don’t rub
After washing the face, pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it down with a towel. Apply moisturizer immediately to damp skin in order to trap in water. Our Hydrating Aloe Vera Mist is easy to apply and leaves the skin feeling soft and refreshed.
Even though it might seem like you aren’t getting any sun, UV rays are harmful in both the winter and the summer. Exposure to the sun without sunscreen can also contribute to dry winter skin. This is especially true if you decide to go skiing. Snow reflects the sun’s rays and high altitudes have thinner air, making UV rays stronger.
Dry weather makes it harder for your skin cells to stick together, resulting in flaky skin. Exfoliate your skin twice a week to get rid of those dead skin cells that make your skin look and feel so unglamorous. Remember to apply moisturizer immediately after exfoliation. Our Super Hydrating Face Cream is a gentle formula that reduces redness and puffiness. Keep it in the fridge to make its application soothing and refreshing.
7.Swap coffee and alcohol for a glass of water
It can be hard to resist that glass of white wine while snuggling by the fire or a hot cup of coffee when you can’t keep your eyes open, but both these beverages dry out the skin. You don’t have to cut out coffee and alcohol altogether, just remember to lower your consumption and drink a cup of water or two each time you finish a glass of wine. Always carry a water bottle with you. Drinking lots of water helps to hydrate your skin from the inside.
8.Use tanners that contain natural hydrating ingredients
We get it, no one wants to show up to spring break looking like a ghost. You can maintain your tan during the winter by using self-tanners that will give you that golden glow while also ensuring that your skin doesn’t dry out. Our Sunless Tanning Mist contains Erythulose, an ingredient in raspberries and other red berries that prolongs a tan without drying out the skin. It also contains moisturizing and calming Aloe Vera that work to combat harsh winter weather.