Is Your Skin Ready for the Cold Weather?
The weather outside is cold and wet and seems to be a portent of what will be coming here to North Carolina over the coming months. I have noticed that my hands are seeming a bit drier. How about you?
It seems to be that time of year when I need to start stepping up the application of creams as opposed to lotions to keep my skin hydrated and not so dry and scratchy. Using thicker creams at this time of year rather than water based lotions form a thicker protective barrier on your skin. 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.
I love taking hot baths in the cold weather as I feel so warm and comfy when I get out and of course relaxed. But, I have read that one should bathe or shower in warm water and not in hot water as the hot water can break the skin capillaries in the face and can breakdown the lipid barriers in your skin which can also lead to moisture loss. So this maybe a good time for cooling the water down a bit in this season as it 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, what are your plans for your skin as the weather outside grows colder and drier?