It is not an easy equation to maintain a soft dewy skin when the weather outside is frigid and the indoor heating is on too high. Your skin will just not be able to hold on without drying up and getting cracked in all these harsh circumstances. It may be hard yes but it is definitely not impossible, you can do plenty to prevent the negative effect of the weather on your skin and enjoy smooth skin all season long.
Here’s your ultimate guide to take care of your skin during the winter.
– Keep Areas That Are Prone To Drying Up moisturized.
When you moisturize your skin don’t only focus for your face and neck, area that are prone to drying up like upper arms, elbows, knees and legs should always be moisturized especially after showering. The dry skin with the harsh weather circumstances and the hot water can trigger a flare-up of keratosis pilaris, dry skin and itchy bumps so to prevent that choose a moisturizing cream that contains salicylic acid to prevent inflammation of the skin while hydrating and moisturizing it.
– Pay Extra Attention To Your Hands.
Washing your hands frequently with soap and warm water can suck the moisture and natural oils in your skin, so to keep your hands clean without having to use soap opt for a soap-free, alcohol-free hand sanitizer. Choose a moisturizing soap-free hand cleanser and don’t forget to slather on a hand lotion right away.
– Rich Hydrating Scrubs.
To deeply hydrate stubborn patches of hard skin on elbows, heels, hands and knees, opt for a deep hydrating skin scrub. I use honey with sugar and olive oil which is perfect to remove dry skin cells, improve circulation and blood flow to the surface of the skin as well as reducing inflammation and redness.
– Moisturizing Bathes.
If your skin is scaly or itchy, the best way is to use skin soothing and hydrating bathes. Milk, oatmeal, rosewater and honey are the best ingredients you can add to your bath water to sooth your irritated skin.
The lactic acid in milk is a perfect skin moisturizer and it also acts as a skin exfoliant so those scales go away.
– Treat Your Feet At Night.
To treat roughed-up heels make sure every night or at least twice a week after the night bath buff away the hard calluses with pumice stone then apply a rich buttery moisturizer all night. Try to do this scrubbing and moisturizing process while your feet are damp, feet creams with glycolic acid or urea can help to exfoliate your skin while moisturizing it at the same time.
– Keep Your Showers Short.
Long hot showers are so tempting especially when it is so cold outside, however the hot water can stripe out the natural oils that moisturize your skin, especially if you step out of the bath to a toasting hot room. If you like warm showers then keep them shorter than ten minutes and coat your skin with a heavy moisturizer after the bath.
– Invest In Your Sleepwear.
The softer your sheets and your sleepwear the better for your skin, silk or satin are best materials and most gentle to your skin, however cotton can also be good but especially if you suffer from eczema or dry skin.
– Drink plenty Of Water.
You May not have the urge to drink that much water during the cold weather, however water will maintain your skin hydrated and soft, opt to have at least six glasses of water during the day besides including fruits and vegetables that are rich in water content.
The well-being of your skin starts from the inside, if you are not having a well-balanced diet that provides all the needed nutrients to your body then make sure to take daily supplements that contains vitamin E,A and C which are particularly important for your skin.