The cold weather that we experience in winter is not fun for our skin. In fact, if we don’t take care of our skin in the right way, it can actually be a little detrimental. So it is important that we do take good care of our skin in the colder months. The cold and low humidity mean that there isn’t much moisture in the air. While this might be good news for our hair, it isn’t good news for our skin. It can lead to cracking, soreness and even bleeding skin. So here are some top tips for taking care of your skin in winter.
Avoid Hot Showers
By avoiding hot showers, it doesn’t mean that you have to have cold showers. But instead of a piping hot shower, choose a lukewarm one instead. When the water is too hot, it can strip away the natural oils in your skin. It can also be too harsh on your skin when you have come in from the cold. Showers that are too hot can lead to your skin drying out more than normal too.
Exfoliating is an important part of any skin care routine. It can help you in treating acne, as well as helping to keep your skin hydrated. Exfoliating means that the dead skin cells on your skin are brushed off. It is easier to get moisture into your skin when it doesn’t have to battle through layers of dead skin cells. So even in winter, it still needs to be part of your routine. An easy way to do it in the shower is to get an exfoliating body wash. Just be sure to moisturize your skin immediately after getting out of the shower.
We can apply lots of things to our skin. But it will only ever help to a certain extent. The way to hydrate our skin fully is to also hydrate our skin from the inside out. One obvious choice to help hydrate from the inside out is to drink plenty of water. It can make a huge difference to the elasticity of your skin, the number of toxins in your skin, as well as the plumpness of your skin. It is also important to eat plenty of the right foods. They can give you a much-needed vitamin boost in winter too. So choose plenty of fruits and vegetables like celery, apples, tomato, watermelon, carrots, kiwi and cantaloupe. They are all packed with vitamin C, but as they are quite watery fruit and vegetables, they help to hydrate you too.
When you go inside a warm house after being outside in the cold, it can feel like such a relief. But if it is done too often, it can actually lead to your skin drying out. So if you and you family suffer from dry skin, it might be worth getting a humidifier. Then when you are at home, you can keep warm with the heating on but not dry out your skin.