I don’t have to tell you how your skin suffers during the winter months. With the cold, wind and dry air inside and outdoors, skin becomes chapped and irritated without extra attention. It’s time to once and for all, learn the steps for healthy skin all winter long! Being proactive will keep you from suffering from dry, itchy skin this winter.
While you may not think exfoliating is a good idea when your skin is already feeling sensitive, it is in fact, a very important step to achieving healthy skin. During the winter, your skin becomes dry and flaky due to wind and low humidity air from the heater. If you do not remove the dead skin cells from your skin, they pile up and clog pores, resulting in breakouts and dull looking skin. The key to winter exfoliating is a gentle formula. Purchase a mild exfoliator (one that has small exfoliating beads) or make your own in your kitchen using a mixture of sugar and olive oil. To start, limit any kind of exfoliation to once or twice a week.
- Switch out your summer moisturizer, which is inadequate for winter needs, for a heavier cream or argon oil that will seal in your natural moisture. Before heading outside, make sure you apply sunscreen. A product that combines SPF and moisturizer is best as it saves you time by doing the work of two or more products!
- Focus on your body, too! Your skin is grateful for hydrating cleansers and rich, moisturizing creams as soon as you exit the shower.
- Sleep with a humidifier on at night.
- Lip therapy- extremely important! Nothing worse than peeling lips when you want to be snuggling up to the one you love! Apply a rich, moisturizing lip product throughout the day and right before going to bed.
- Sleep with your socks on. Smear on a rich moisturizer, pull on the socks and by morning, your feet will be soft and happy!
Winter is an excellent time to improve your overall health, which impacts your skin’s health. While many people become less active and eat more in the winter, you can vow not to fall into those seasonal traps!
- Use plenty of veggies in your winter soup recipes and make smoothies for breakfast that include kale, blueberries and other antioxidant rich foods!
- Get off the couch! Move your body to stay warm and get healthy! There is an unlimited supply of exercises you can do indoors! You will find many free ideas online or you can invest in videos or exercise equipment.
- Drink plenty of water. Not a new concept by any means but certainly an important one to remember. Warm your cup of water and add lemon juice for a calorie-free detoxifying warm drink.
The key to renovating your skin is to workout and eat healthy to rejuvenate your cells from the inside out!
Rebuilding your skin’s health takes time so I encourage your to be patient and most importantly, be consistent with your skin care regimen!