How is your skin doing ?
The cold weather is approaching and winter will be here officially December 21st. This is the time of year when the cold creates havoc with our skin by drying it out as we desperately try to take care of it. The change in the weather means a change in how we take care of our skin, the largest organ of our body.
One thing we can do is to use cream based moisturizers rather than liquid lotions. The oil-based formulas of a cream will add a thicker protective barrier to your skin and lock in moisture more so than water based lotions. Read the labels to see what oils and butters are in the creams that you want to purchase. Oils that are good for the skin are avocado oil, olive oil, and rose hip oil. Shea butter and cocoa butter are also very good for your skin and help to moisturize dry, flaky skin. Note that the best time to apply a moisturizer is after a shower when your pores are open and they can more easily absorb the cream.
Note using a cream on your skin in the winter also applies to the makeup foundation you use – cream for winter versus a lotion.
Another way to help your skin would be to use a sugar scrub or salt scrub. These products exfoliate the dry flaky skin cells and then moisturize your skin with the oils contained in the formula. Just be careful after you apply in so you do not slip in your shower or tub.
Another thing I have read is to bathe or shower in warm water and not in hot water as hot water as it can break the skin capillaries in the face and can breakdown the lipid barriers in your skin which can also lead to moisture loss. And I am one person that loves a hot bath or how shower but maybe cooling the water down a bit in the winter would a good thing to do for my skin.
Helping your skin from the inside is also a very good thing ~ drinking lots of water to keep it hydrated is a good start and also to help flush out the other stuff. Foods high in omega-3 he good fat, are also great for helping with dry skin. Fish are high in Omega-3 as well as avocado, flaxseed and walnuts. These same veggies are also high in Vit-E as well as dark leafy green vegetables.
So here’s to a winter with wonderful skin!