The weather outside may be frightful, but your skin does not have to be. Here are a five tips to keep your skin hydrated and radiant all winter long.
1. Drink up. The easiest and probably most budget friendly way to maintain beautiful winter skin is to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. To make your water more appetizing, infuse it with seasonal fruit and fresh herbs such as apples and pomegranates with mint, rosemary, and tarragon. A great water to try is muddled pomegranate and mint.
2. Chill Out. Lower the temperature on your shower. There may be nothing as soothing as a hot bath to get you heated up on cold mornings or post workout. However, steamy baths open up your pores and rob your skin of oils. If you must take hot baths, reduce the length of your bath. Also, try ending your bath with lukewarm water so your pores close back up.
3. Exfoliate. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells that block more radiant skin from being visible. Exfoliating also helps your skin retain its natural oils and prepare your skin for moisturizing. Easy ways to exfoliate include dry brushing with a soft bristle brush or loofah, sugar and salt scrubs, and body polishes. You can even find exfoliating bath gloves at most dollar stores. If you want to try your hand at making your own seasonal scrub, check out A.V.’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Body Scrub .
4. Watch your fabrics. Though it may be sweater weather, make sure your fibers are breathable and not scratchy. Wool and other animal fibers absorb oils from skin, and may also scratch, irritate and cause eczema flair ups. Wear breathable and smooth fibers such as cotton and silk. If you must wear that scratchy ugly sweater while making your holiday party rounds, layer a cotton tank or t-shirt underneath to protect your skin.
5. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturizing is essential to keeping your skin hydrated. As aforementioned, clothing can irritate and dehydrate your skin based on the materials they are crafted from. To lock in moisture, apply moisturizer after bathing while your skin is still moist. Moisturize before going out into the elements and before bedtime for optimal hydration. When selecting your moisturizer, look for products that contain shea butter, caprylic triglyceride (coconut oil and glycerin blend), and jojoba oil. These ingredients tend to aid your skin in retaining moisture and softness. Try to avoid products with mineral oil and petroleum as they tend to sit on the skin and clog pores.