Winter is here and temperatures are plummeting. This time of year can be really harsh on your skin so it’s important to know how to keep it healthy. Here are my tips for keeping skin healthy and clear throughout the winter.
Stay Hydrated – Make sure you drink plenty throughout the day. Staying hydrated makes sure the cells in your skin replenish faster, making your dry skin heal quicker.
Moisturizer- Through the colder months use a thick oil based moisturizer. Apply it straight away after washing your face, the oil base will lock in the moisture. For extra dry patches of skin, add a dash of honey for a natural healing remedy.Sunscreen – It’s easy to forget in the cold weather that the sun is still there and damaging. Wearing sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF will keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays which could lead to further damage later on down the line.
Lip balm – Lips are one of the main things to suffer in the cold. Keep them moisturized like there is no tomorrow! Stick to natural bees wax as petroleum jelly can actually make cracked lips worse. Reapply throughout the day to keep lips protected from the cold and wind damage. AND DO NOT PICK AT CRACKED SKIN!
Exfoliate – It is important to replenish the skin by removing the layers of dead skin. Using a gentle exfoliating face wash of exfoliating brush will keep the skin polished and avoid sebum build up.
No Hot Showers – When it’s cold there is so much temptation to dive in a steamy hot shower and never come out again. This is not a great plan. The hot water will dry your skin out even more and risk breaking you out. It also increases your chance of getting chilblains, which are PAINFUL! Take Luke warm showers and warm yourself up slowly to avoid the above problems.
Keep Your Hands Clean – When your skin is dry and cracking it is a sensitive area for bacteria. Keeping your hands clean with antibacterial gel throughout the day will make sure your skin does not become infected or break out when you touch your face. This being said, it is also a good idea to try and actively avoid touching your face as this is the easiest way to transfer germs to your skin.
Face Masks – Using a hydrating mask once a week will help keep your skin supple. These can easily be made at home with ingredients such as honey, yogurt, olive oil and aloe. These will put minerals and vitamins back into the skin.
These are my top tips for keeping your skin healthy through these colder months. Be sure to wrap up warm and stay safe on the slippery roads!.
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