Winter months can bring more to dread than just the cold frigid temperatures. Itchy, dry, cracked, scaly skin almost always makes an appearance during this time of the year. Not only can this be frustrating and leave you feeling helpless, it can also exacerbate pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Here are some useful tips to keeping your skin looking healthy all winter long:
- Stay hydrated- Even in subzero temperatures and not feeling parched to help indicate whether we are dehydrated, our skin can be robbed of moisture. Winter air is so dry that it looks for moisture wherever it can get it, even from our skin. By keeping hydrated, you can ensure that your skin maintains more moisture than it would otherwise.
- Dry skin-brush- Using a small handheld body brush to brush your skin in an upwards direction towards the heart, not only increases circulation and improves lymphatic flow, but also sloughs off dead skin cells.
- Lotion continuously- Long lasting moisturizers can work wonders during the dry winter months, particularly after a shower or after washing your hands during that one-minute window to seal in moisture in your skin. Coconut oil and shea butter are great moisturizers and readily absorbed by the skin and are free of harmful chemicals such as parabens and phthalates.
- Exfoliate regularly- Light exfoliation with an alcohol-free cream or face scrub can help remove dead skin cells and allow room for new skin cells to grow and readily accept moisture.
- Use a humidifier- Having a humidifier in your room can help your skin maintain moisture, in addition to helping you breathe better in less arid air.
- Take personal care- Use alcohol-free sanitizers and soap-free cleansers as they are less drying. Otherwise, make sure to always use lotion after washing your hands.
Your skin does not always have to look like it has fallen victim to cold winter weather. Follow these simple tips to ensure that you maintain healthy glowing skin throughout.
“Best in Health
Gayamali Karunarathna B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Ed., ND Candidate, Doula”