With winter comes dryer air in general and as we turn on the heaters in our homes the humidity levels drop, this can cause our skin to be more dry thenin summer months. Here are some tips to avoid the the inevitable dry skin winter itch.
We can’t stress this enough. Keeping your body hydrated by drinking at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day. No matter what health or body issue you may be seeking advice for keeping hydrated is usually at the top of the list. This is because water makes up about 60% of your body weight it is essential to keeping your body running properly including keeping your skin hydrated. Your body will lose water during the day and it needs to be replenished. So keep drinking the water and avoid caffeinated products which help facilitate dehydration.
Protect From the Sun
Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. The sun still shines in winter and in fact its rays can be amplified by reflecting off snow. Sun-exposed skin can gradually lose moisture and essential oils, making it appear dry, flaky and prematurely wrinkled, even in younger people. Make sure you use a product with sun protection every day.
Pay Attention to Products and Routines
You may use a lighter moisturizer during the summer that is water based and works great but you may find it doesn’t cut it in the winter. Try switching to a moisturizer which uses plant based oils like borage, cocoa butter and jojoba. Be careful to avoid moisturizers that use petroleum and silicone based oils as these over time can act to increase dryness.
Use products which contain Hyaluronic Acid like Bel Mondo’s Bio Cellulose Anti-Aging Mask. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in skin, connective and nerve tissues, it has an incomparable capacity to hold water. It serves double duty to help plump the skin and prevent dryness and flaking.
Make sure you apply your moisturizers while skin is still wet after bathing when your skin is more prepared to accept and hold in moisturizers and exfoliate on a regular basis. Exfoliation removes excess dead skin cells and brings newer healthy skin cells to the surface which are better at absorbing the products we apply.
Use a Humidifier
During the winter we turn on the heat in our homes. This removes moisture from the air and the dry air helps facilitate our skin drying faster. Try placing a few humidifiers around the house during the winter months. Keeping the air our skin lives in humidified will help lessen the effects of dry air.
No Hot Baths
The fact is the hotter the shower the more it will dry out your skin. The heat from the water will help break down and remove some of the essential oils that hydrate the skin. So try turning down the temperature of your water when bathing to lukewarm. If you simply cannot bear a lukewarm shower make it quick to limit the amount of oil loss.