Now that winter is here, we face brutal temperatures, whipping winds and heaters on in full force. Unfortunately, the battle for your skin is difficult this time of year. Moisture is in short supply for your skin because the dry winter air removes the thin layer of oil that provides a barrier to the elements.
If you’re prone to itchy, severely dry skin or even conditions such as eczema or psoriasis mother nature really takes her toll on you right now. But, there are some things you can do to help your skin and minimize the effects. Here are the top three I recommend:
Keep Your Showers/Baths Short
I know there’s nothing better than soaking in a hot tub or letting the warm shower water coat your body a little longer than usual when it’s cold outside. However, this is a prime recipe for dry skin.
Keep it quick and use lukewarm water.
Skip the fancy soaps and use one rich with moisturizers for sensitive skin
Be gentle when drying off and pat with your towel so you don’t stress your skin
Lotion up while your skin is still slightly damp for optimal absorption
Get Your Lotion On
No matter what type of skin you have, it’s important to replace the moisture that Mother Nature is stealing away from you right now. Develop a regular routine of applying moisturizer every time you bathe.
Focus on the quality of your ingredients more so than the scents and brand. Use products with natural ingredients, free from harsh chemicals and fragrances for the best results.
Focus on Your Overall Health
Winter brings many threats to your overall health from end of year stress to seasonal viruses and the inevitable holiday feasts. Your overall wellness plays a lot more into your skin’s health than you may realize.
Take time to destress. Meditation, yoga, hydrotherapy, a massage, or simply going for a walk are all great opportunities to take a break and recenter yourself.
As your primary doctor if a flu shot or other vaccinations might be beneficial for your health. Additionally, keep up with the basics to stay healthy such as getting plenty of sleep, sticking to your supplement regimen, and washing your hands regularly.
Watch what you eat. Of course it’s fine to indulge a little here and there, but many foods and drinks can cause inflammation to your skin. Additionally, weight gain can exacerbate some skin conditions as well such as psoriasis.