Winter weather is not kind to the skin. It’s the hardest time of year to keep the skin healthy, supple and toned. It’s recommended that you learn how to winterize your skin. The wind, snow and artificial indoor heat all sap moisture from the skin, leaving it dry, parched and visibly taut.
Some Do’s and Don’ts to Help Winterize Your Skin
Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of winter means that you need to make some subtle changes to your skincare routine and add some things to your daily diet at this time of year.
- Don’t strip the natural oils from your skin by over washing. In fact, it is recommended that you wash your skin just once a day. Avoid using very hot water as this will dehydrate the skin. Remember your hair and the skin on your scalp will also dry out in the winter, so the same rule applies – don’t over wash your hair.
- Don’t over exfoliate. Exfoliating the dead skin cells on a regular basis is a key step in your skincare routine. It keeps the skin supple and gives you that youthful glow. But over exfoliating in the winter, i.e., more than twice a week, can damage healthy skin cells.
- Do add moisture to the air with a humidifier. Using a humidifier in your bedroom at night while you sleep, not only adds moisture to the air in the room and helps keep it warmer, it adds moisture to your skin while you sleep, restoring it and keeping it hydrated.
- Do use products that contain shea butter or coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids that help to destroy bacteria, work as an antioxidant, antifungal and soothing ingredient that will add more than just moisturizing benefits to the skin. Shea butter nourishes and soothes the skin, protects and rejuvenates it. The best time to apply any moisturizer is after your bath or shower on damp skin to lock in the extra moisture.
- Do add fatty acids, like Omega-3 fatty acids, to your diet. Essential fatty acids help repair and moisturize the skin among other things. Since essential fatty acids are not naturally produced by our own bodies, we need to add them to our diet by consuming more cold water fish like salmon, halibut, tuna, scallops, and sardines. Alternatively, you can get essential fatty acids from flaxseeds, soy beans, walnuts, or by taking oral supplements.
- Do eat for a healthy skin. In the winter, our skin needs extra help to keep it healthy. Adding vitamins to your diet like Vitamins A and C are not only powerful antioxidants, they support the immune system, fight wrinkles and improve the skin. Other things like Brazil nuts, eggs, brown rice and mushrooms contain Selenium which improves elasticity in the skin, are powerful antioxidants and repair DNA. Adding Silica to your winter diet will strengthen the connective tissue in the skin. Things like green beans, cucumbers, celery and asparagus all contain Silica.
For more information on eating for a healthy skin, read our article Feed Your Face for a Younger Look.
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