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Winter is slowly coming to a close, and I mean s l o w l y……
Some of us deal with dry winter skin, the humidity is low and the environment is harsh. I don’t get dry skin on my face but my hands feel the effects of the cold weather.
Some of you probably deal with skin dryness through these winter months so I thought I would share some quick and easy tips for keeping your skin hydrated.
1. Drink More Water
This is pretty obvious but something I have trouble doing in the winter, I just don’t get as thirsty as I do in the heat of summer.
Drinking water will keep us hydrated, we need it! It keeps our body and our skin moist. If you are like me and have a hard time drinking cold water in the cold, try leaving a jug of water out so it gets to room temperature, or make some herbal tea or hot lemon water.
2. Load up on Omega 3’s
Make sure you are taking in good sources of Omega 3’s. Salmon, flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, cod liver oil, ect.
Omega 3’s help regulate your skin’s oil production and prevent dehydration of the cells.
If your hands are dry, it can be an indication that you are not getting enough Omega 3’s in your diet.
3. Use a Milk or Cream Cleanser
Don’t over wash, limit it to once or twice a day at most. Using a milk or cream based cleanser will add hydration while still cleaning your face.
4. Pat Your Skin Dry – Don’t Rub
This will dry your skin without irritating it further.
5. Use a Gentle Exfoliate
Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and cause a burst of cell-renewal, allowing moisture-rich cells to move to the surface. It also allows your moisturizer to penetrate better.
Use a gentle, enzyme based exfoliate for best results and only preform the treatment 2-3 times a week.
- Use an oil-based moisturizer (night-creams are often oil based) for ultimate hydration.
- Use an oil such as coconut oil or almond oil before your moisturizer.
- Serums and body oils are an excellent way to replenish moisture.
Make sure you apply your moisturizer while your skin is still wet. – within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower.
7. Skip the Hot Shower
Shower and wash your hands in lukewarm water.
Too hot of water strips your skin of its natural oils. Keep your showers short – no more than 10 minutes.
8. Use a Humidifier
Indoor air can be very drying. A humidifier will combat this dry air, leading to less drying of your skin.
If you don’t have a humidifier, put a bowl of water in front of one of your heat vents, or put a big pot of water on your wood stove.
9. Oil Bath or Milk Bath
Milk is a gentle exfoliate. The lactic acid in milk sloughs off dead skin cells, stimulating new cell growth. Milk also hydrates the skin.
Add some olive oil to your bath, for extra hydration. This will make your bathtub slippery – so be careful.
10. Avoid Face Products Containing Alcohol
Alcohol is drying – best to avoid it completely.
Do you have any dry winter skin remedies to add to my list? Please leave a comment below!
Yours In Beauty,