Winterize Your Skin
Change in temperatures and humidity, indoor heating, hot showers and baths remove important oils and moisture from the skin causing dryness, flakiness and cracking of the skin.
If you think, winter equals dry cracked skin with no or very little preventative measures, think again.
Read on for some preventative measures as well as a little TLC for your winter weary skin.
*** Hot water baths break your body's oil so that it's easily washable.
If you can't avoid hot baths, add oils like almond, sesame or essential bath oils to your water.
Alternatively you can add milk to your bath water.
Milk restores the oils leaving your skin soft and supple.
Winter-Skin-Care, Cleanse & Exfoliate;
*** Before you begin your bath, exfoliate your skin with a loofah.
Avoid strong based ingredients and anti-bacterial products;
instead, opt for gentle moisturizing and revitalizing products.
*** Drink at least 8 - 10 glasses of water every day.
By keeping yourself well hydrated, your skin won't suffer from dryness, rashes and itchiness.
And, avoid excessive usage of caffinated beverages as these will strip moisture from your skin.
*** Moisturize properly and your skin will remain soft and supple all through the winter.
Use moisturizer that has the necessary vitamins and hydration properties for your skin.
You should apply moisturizer within a minute or so of having a shower or bath.
As damp skin traps the water in the upper layers and decreases dryness and itching.
*** Keep petroleum jelly nearby.
Dab some of it on problem areas (elbows come to mind) to seal the moisture and heal the dry skin.
You can rub it on all the dry areas of your bod.
It's a very soothing backup substitute.
*** If possible, try taking a natural multi-vitamin that has good dose of vitamins-B, C & E.
It will help your skin as well as ward off the common cold.
Avoid an overdose of multi-vitamin pills for adverse effects.
*** Use sunscreen in winter as you would in summer.
An ideal sunscreen is one that is light, oil free and has an SPF of at least 15.
*** If you can afford to going to spas for luxurious and rejuvenating treatments for your winter weary skin, there is nothing like it.
Spa and other hydration treatments super naturally hydrate your skin.
Avoid using if you are allergic to something.A most common winter-skin-care Concern: Chapped Lips
Remedy: Olive Oil
Why it works:
It's been used for centuries to revitalize dry, overexposed and cracked skin.
How to use it:
Use the best quality olive oil you can find and/or afford.
Rub a small amount on your lips.
Use it sparingly.
If you don't have olive oil handy, you can run your finger along your nose (where natural oils tend to collect) and then rub it on your lips.
Other remedies you might want to consider:
Why it works:
Studies show that vitamin-E is integral in helping support healthy skin and in helping the body heal any kind of tissue, including the skin and lips.
How to use it:
Get more vitamin-E in your diet and the best sources include sunflower, safflower and canola oils, sun-dried tomatoes, almonds and hazelnuts.
You can also take vitamin-E oil supplements, or prick the supplements to squeeze out the oil and rub it directly onto your lips.
Another great option is to use coconut oil!
Both of these oils work equally well.
So there you have our winter-skin-care tips to be used year round.
We hope some, if not all are useful to you in your-winter-skin-care regimen.Tweet
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