Dry skin, chapped lips, cracked soles. Ugh!
When winter weather hits, your skin can pay a steep price for the (even steeper) drop in temperature. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help keep your skin feeling healthy and supple.
Drink Up — Your skin is 64% water, so it really does make sense to keep your skin hydrated. Aim for eight, eight-ounce glasses of the good stuff every day. Also, although we tend to drink warmer liquids in the winter, like cocoa and tea, don’t forget that your skin needs hydration and water is the best way to do so. Plus, water is just plain good for overall health!
Shorten Shower Time – Don’t leave your skin feeling parched from a hot, steamy shower. While a hot shower on a chilly winter morning may feel good, it actually dehydrates and strips away your skin’s natural oil. If you’re going to indulge, keep it to once a week and follow up with our next tip.
Nourish Your Skin – In order to banish dry skin in the winter months, it’s best to sub out your water-based moisturizer for an oil-based product that shields the skin with a protective barrier that locks moisture in.
Love Your Lips – Say goodbye to dry, chapped lips by choosing a natural lip balm. In a jam, with no lip balm around? Try any of the following substitutes: coconut oil, shea butter or aloe vera gel.
Fatty Acids for Supple Skin – Omega-3 fatty acids will add much needed moisture to dry skin as well as prevent inflammation that can aggravate winter skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Try a supplement or start incorporating foods such as salmon, flaxseeds, walnuts and beans to your diet.