The dry winter air has a way of sucking the life out of skin, leaving it a bit lackluster at best – or even cracked and damaged in severe cases. Fortunately, there are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your skin in good shape this winter and soothe it back to a healthy state if necessary.
It might not be hot out, but drinking plenty of water is as important as ever during the winter. Not only does your body need plenty of water to function at it’s best and keep your immune system running, but your water intake also affects your skin as well. So, how much should you drink? Everyone is different – listen to your body’s thirst cues and drink up when you feel thirsty! (Or hungry – it’s common to mistake thirst for hunger pangs.) A good start is to aim for half your weight in ounces per day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you would want to shoot for at least 75 ounces of water per day. Those who are very active will usually need more.
Eat healthy fats.
Foods rich in omega fatty acids are very nourishing to your skin. Salmon, avocado, flax seeds and walnuts are a few good sources.
Protect your skin.
skin solution forms a protective, nourishing barrier over the skin to protect it from environmental damage – including the dry winter air! Apply daily, especially before venturing out into the cold. Apply a lip balm or layer of coconut oil to your lips, as well – they can be particularly sensitive.
Get rid of any flakiness by exfoliating a few times a week with a gentle, moisturizing scrub. You probably have everything you need to make your own toxin-free scrub in your kitchen! A simple combo of olive oil and brown sugar works very well and leaves skin moisturized.
Avoid harsh ingredients.
Check out your soap or body wash – be sure you’re not stripping the moisture right out of your skin! Certain ingredients, such as detergents and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate are damaging rather than nourishing. Choose an all natural soap with moisturizing oils and butters.
Turn down the temperature.
We know just how good a hot shower feels on a cold winter day, but water that’s too hot can really dry out the skin. If your skin is dry, cooling down the water might help.