Your skin is the most vulnerable part of your body and the part that gets roughed up the most, especially in harsh weather environments. Your skin should be given great care but many times it gets left out in the cold.
When you are outside, the cold temperatures result in a poor blood circulation in your facial skin. As a result your skin does not get enough nutrients and oxygen and all the healthy, regenerative processes in your skin slow down. As a result, skin loses its healthy colour and becomes dull, pale ad lack lustre. However, when you are inside, your skin is losing its moisture due to the dry environment created by indoor heating. As a result, it feels tight, dry and can start flaking.
When you shift between the cold outside and the warm and dry inside, the difference is so stressful for your skin that your skin cannot balance itself quickly enough. This results in loss of hydration, irritation, widened capillaries and redness.
Looking after your skin in the winter can be easy with little changes to your every day routine. The best source of keeping your skin and especially your lips hydrated is to make sure you are drinking lots of water. This can help keep the inside of your body cleansed and hydrated while maintaining the health of the outside of your body.
Cleansing in comfort
When showering or bathing, remember to massage the skin while washing to stimulate circulation, and keep the water away from the “hot” dial! While hot water is great to stand under when it is cold, the heat coul be stripping your skin of its oils along with the soap you are using. Aloe Vera products can be beneficial as well as lotions, creams, or oils with calendula, comfrey, tea tree oil, or colloidal oatmeal.
Give yourself a friendly hug
By using lukewarm water, more will be absorbed in the skin throughout the bathing process and you can rejuvenate the skin. When you get out of the shower, resist the temptation to wipe all the water off right away and jump into your clothes. Pat down your skin with the towel instead of wiping, so the skin stays slightly moist, then slather on a moisturizing lotion to keep the softness all day.
Moisturize Your Entire Body
Moisturizing becomes even more important during the drier, winter months. Applying a moisturizing cream or lotion to your face and body will help maintain the moisture balance of the skin, prevent itching and dryness and help to ward off wrinkles and premature aging. Don’t forget your hands and feet when applying moisturizer, as they are even more vulnerable to the effects of the cold winter conditions.
Wear a Sunscreen
Sunscreen is just as important during the winter months, as it is during the summer months. The sun and its damaging ultraviolet rays are a threat to your skin all year round, even during the winter. To avoid the negative effects of sun exposure, such as wrinkles, you should wear sunscreen every day of the year.
Dandruff occurs in some people year-round. For others, the condition tends to appear only during the winter. When outside humidity levels are low, the skin on the scalp becomes dry and flaky. Regular shampooing, using a shampoo made specifically for dandruff, and frequent hair brushing can remove dead skin cells and reduce dandruff.
Do Not Skimp on Fruit
Citrus fruits should be part of every daily winter diet. Not only do they provide you with plenty of energy to stay warm, they contain numerous vitamins and antioxidants that are essential for skin health. Moreover, citrus fruits boost the immune system and help keep your body and skin hydrated during the dry, winter months.
And of course, remember the use of harsh chemically enhanced products on your skin, and smoking can also have a detrimental effect. Stay away from high-fat foods, processed treats, or diuretic substances like caffeine or alcohol that can strip the minerals from your skin.
Don’t forget….. another great way to keep your skin radiant, and should be the easiest in those colder months……. SLEEP! Get enough sleep each day to ensure optimum cellular repair at night!