When that unpleasant chill hits the air, it’s time to get tips on how to keep your skin hydrated during winter time. Dryness can be uncomfortable, and it’s important to defend yourself against the elements in order to maintain smoothness and suppleness all season long. Keeping skin beautiful and hydrated in colder weather calls for both internal and external care.
Though it may seem like slathering on lotion is the only way to go, that simply isn’t true. In fact, using the same lotion you apply during the rest of the year may not be effective during a harsh winter. These tips go beyond the obvious with a few other alternatives that, when combined with traditional methods, make for much softer, more touchable skin.
Here’s how to keep your skin hydrated during winter!
Eat healthy: Adding foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can improve the condition of your skin remarkably, often in a matter of just a few weeks. That’s because omega-3s are responsible for keeping skin cells well lubricated, thereby contributing to a rejuvenated appearance. Add foods like salmon, walnuts, olive oil, soybeans, navy beans, kidney beans, winter squash and ground flax seeds to your regimen. Incorporating these foods into your diet helps your skin and contributes to your overall well-being.
You’ve heard it repeatedly, but drinking water is more important than ever during the winter. It keeps you hydrated internally and helps the rest of the body in many of its functions. Clearly, water is essential for good health.
Avoid Hot Water
After an afternoon on the slopes or an evening of making snow angels, you may want to soak in a hot bath or stand in a hot shower to get warm. Doing this warms you up but may also dry you out. Taking warm or lukewarm baths and showers are best for preventing parched skin.
Humidifiers are ideal for reintroducing moisture back into the air inside your home, where the bulk of dry skin problems come from during the winter. Leave it on at night while you sleep and reap the benefits all season long by using it regularly.
During the summer, it is important to scuff away dry skin by exfoliating it regularly. While you still need to exfoliate, in winter you need to ease up on the process. Try exfoliating your face and body just once a week or once every two weeks. You still get smooth without damaging already stressed skin.