With winter in full swing, you may be seeing changes in your skin. It is crucial to take extra care of your skin during the winter months. During this season, the air is dry and moisture is hard to come by naturally. Dry skin can lead to itchy or cracking skin, which everyone wants to avoid. To keep your skin safe this winter, follow these tips:
- Rinse with lukewarm water
Hot water that you use to wash your face in the shower or in the sink can strip away oils from your skin. In the moment, when you’re cold, the hot water feels great, but it is damaging to your skin over the long term. Using lukewarm water isn’t as harsh on your skin and won’t strip away the natural oils your skin needs.
Moisturizing plays an important part in any beauty routine, however in the winter it should play a leading role. After you wash your face, be sure to apply moisturizer to your damp skin. This will help seal in the moisture and prevent your skin from becoming dry. If your skin feels dry in the middle of the day, even if you applied moisturizer in the morning, don’t be afraid to apply more.
- Don’t forget sunscreen
Yes, even in the winter you need sunscreen. Just like in the summer, the sun in the winter can be damaging, too. The sun’s rays are often amplified by reflecting off the snow, so if you are spending time outdoors, be sure your skin is protected.
- Drink enough water
We often forget to drink as much water as we did in the warmer months in the winter because it is cold and we don’t crave water as a refresher. However, make sure you are still consuming enough water to hydrate your skin and prevent it from drying out. No matter how much you moisturize, it won’t compensate for the lack of fluids inside your body if you aren’t drinking enough water.
You can also hydrate from the inside out with foods that are high in water content. Foods such as watermelon, apples, oranges, celery, cucumbers and carrots have high water content and will support your body in staying hydrated.
Taking care of your skin by staying hydrated, moisturizing and protecting your skin is essential in the cold months that can be rough on your skin. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated and so that dryness stays away.
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