Don't flake out this winter...
How to maintain your supple skin in the cold months…
Many of us don’t realize the importance of taking specific measures to keep our skin soft and healthy when the seasons change. It is no different than changing and updating your wardrobe! Here are some tips to keep your skin smooth and soft during the harsh seasonal changes.
First, the most common mistake most of us make is when it’s cold in the morning and all you want to do is take a long hot shower. Big no-no! Although the hot water feels amazing and prepares you for a stressful day, it is not great for your skin. The hot water sucks out all the moisture in your skin along with any natural oils. If you can’t give up the hot shower, which I have a very hard time doing, try to limit it to no longer than ten minutes.
While in the shower, make sure you are using the right soap. Anything that is antibacterial or has added fragrance might be harsh or irritate your skin. Use a soap that is gentle, mild and fragrance free. I like to use Aveeno Body Wash because it is gentle and contains oatmeal which helps reduce any dry irritation.
Once done showering, liberally apply a moisturizer. This could be lotion, cream or any kind of oil you choose to use. I like to use natural jojoba oil because it locks in my natural oils while keeping my skin soft all day without a greasy, oily feel. Avoid fragrances in your lotions because those can tend to irritate your skin during the colder months.
Don’t forget your hands! With the gloves coming on and off all day long, your hands can become extremely chapped. Always carry a hand size hand cream or ointment in your purse or backpack. Get in the habit of putting it on after each time you wash your hands.
It is important to still put on sunscreen even if it’s snowing outside. You can still get a sunburn and can be just as painful and a sunburn from the beach. Make sure you use at least a SPF of 15. Apply it under your foundation if you need to, or consider a foundation/tinted moisturizer that has a built in SPF.
There are other changes you can make to keep your skin from loosing moisture but my last tip is to make sure you are drinking plenty of water! It is so important for your body to consume water everyday, especially during the cold season because most of us forget to drink it when it’s cold outside. Water will nourish the skin from the inside out, and provide a host of other benefits to the body and mind.
Remember these tips so that you keep your skin healthy and free from winter’s harsh conditions.
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