The winter has finally arrived. I love this time of the year when there is a nip in the air. We all know that this season can wreak havoc on your skin. This cold weather can lead to dry, flaky skin and chapped lips if proper care is not taken. Here are some tips that will help keep your skin glowing and hydrated throughout the season. Did you know that dry skin suffers more than oily skin? If you have dry skin, follow these tips more religiously. However, the following measures are suitable for all types of skin.
1. Watch What Your Eating
Skin texture depends not only on external treatments. What your eating can also have a major effect on your skin as well. A proper nutritious intake can help in rejuvenating the skin from within. Water is essential for the body. If your drinking three to four liters per day you should be golden. Drinking plenty of water helps in retaining the moisture of your skin, and it keeps skin disorders at bay. Fruits and veggies in your daily diet give your body a lot of water too! Try adding primrose syrup, or olive oil to your diet to aid in softening the skin!
2. Moisturise Constantly
When the weather is brisk and windy, your skin will become aggravated. Cold creams and moisturizers are a must during winter weather. Tone and moisture after each cleansing to replenish and preserve the moisture in your skin. Make sure you use a night cream every evening before bed time. During the day you should apply moisturizer around your eyes and dryer areas.
3. Try Oil Therapy
Use coconut oil to pamper your skin with before your bath to heal dry and chapped skin. Invest in a creamy soap that will give your skin a more healthy glow and feel. After bathing or washing your face, you should wait at least 30 minutes before you venture out into the cold and frigid air. Give your face a splash of cool water when you come inside because rapid changes in temperature can burst capillaries near the surface of the skin. When you bathe, try adding a few drops of oil to the water that you are using. I recommend shortening your bath times during the winter and don’t use water that is too hot.
4. Introduce Flaxseeds, Almonds, and Ghee
These are not some of the best tasting things, but flaxseed oil can moisturize your body from the inside. Flaxseed is rich in essential fatty acids so it can do wonders for your overall health. You can get flaxseed in oil and capsule form. Give your skin lipid support from the inside by adding fresh cheese, ghee (clarified butter), soaked walnuts, bleached almonds and whole milk to your diet.
Have you ever heard about the amla fruit? It’s also known as the Indian Gooseberry, and it is the richest known natural source of vitamin C. Amal provides nourishment to the deeper layers of your skin. I recommend taking this on a regular basis so that you can begin to replenish your skin from the inside out.
6. Lip Care
You should avoid licking your lips and ensure that you don’t bite the skin on the surface of your lips either. The skin won’t heal if you’re always chewing on it. Yes, it’s time to break the bad habits. The skin will end up coming thicker which will give you black colored lips. It may be a hard habit to break, but trust me it is well worth it.
7. Use Lip Balm
Keep those luscious lips covered with a good lip balm! You should be applying this several times per day! Did you know that lip balms are now commonly available with an SPF factor? When you choose a lip balm, make sure it contains an SPF of 10 or 20. Try finding lip balms that also have vitamin E and shea butter too. Another thing you can do is massage the lips with ghee (clarified butter). If you leave a thin layer on overnight, it acts as a natural protection for the lips.
8. Hair Care
If you go outside and your hair is wet, it can cause breakage. Try not to use blow dryers and curling irons on your hair too. If you are going to use them, make sure you apply conditioner before you use them.
Lastly! Who said sunscreen is only for the summer?! The sun is out 365 days a year, and it doesn’t matter if its summer, fall or spring you need to protect your beautiful skin from the sun. Sun damage can result in wrinkling, and increased pigmentation can occur if you don’t apply sunscreen during the winters.