Keep Your Dry Skin Hydrated This Winter

Keep Your Dry Skin Hydrated This Winter

Feb 2013

By Erika L.

1. Shorter bath time- Having a long, hot shower may seem like the most delightful thing on a cold winter day but it isn’t the best for your skin as it strips your skin off its natural moisture. Use lukewarm water and try having a shower for no longer than 5 minutes.

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2. Avoid Soap- Products with soap are harsh on skin and tends to dry it out especially during winter. Avoid these products and stick to more non-alkaline, soap-free cleansers. There are various brands selling natural cleaners made of organic, essential oils as well as plant extracts.

3. Exfoliate- During winter, you do not need to exfoliate more than once a week as it may irritate your already dry skin even more. There are a number of exfoliating body washes that are milder and gentle enough for daily use. Also, shaving is another way to exfoliate your skin. So, even though it may not be the perfect season for shorts or skirts, do not avoid shaving for too long.

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4. Moisturize– It is important to moisturize your skin within 3 minutes of stepping out of the shower to keep all the moisture locked in. Using lotions or creams with ingredients like mineral oil, glycerine, petroleum, ceramides, etc. will keep your skin moist for a couple of hours. Moisturize whenever your skin feels dry and itchy. Use moisturizing butter like cocoa butter and cover your hands and feet with cotton gloves and socks overnight.

5. Avoid over-cleansing– Don’t wash your face more than once or twice a day. Rinse your face in the morning with lukewarm water and make sure to moisturize immediately with a face cream with sunscreen. A face cleanse in the night is the most important in order to get rid of all the makeup, grime and pollutants clog your pores.

6. Lip therapy– The skin on your lips retains the least amount of moisture in comparison to the rest of your body and so, moisturizing your lips are important. Start by removing all the dead skin from your lips by gently exfoliating them with a toothbrush once a week. Use a lip balm after exfoliating to keep your lips from drying up and cracking. Vaseline is a timeless favourite and suggested by many beauticians.

7. Drink water– Focusing on keeping hydrated internally is as important as moisturizing your skin. Even though we tend to stress on this during the summer, it is as important during the winter as it helps to flush out toxins and keeps your skin looking fresh and moisturized.

8. Fish oil pills– They contain omega-3 that helps soothe dry skin and studies also show that fish oil is beneficial for your hair, skin, bones and nails. They supply us with Vitamin D, which compensates for the lack of exposure to sun