The coldest temperatures in decades have descended over much of the United States, forcing our outdoor activity to a minimum. While the temperatures may not remain this bitterly cold, winter weather presents many problems for our skin.
When we’re outside in the winter, the extreme cold, wind, and ice pull moisture from our skin. To make matters worse, when we’re cozy and warm inside, the constant running of the furnace further draws out moisture, leading to more dryness. So, whether your idea of fun is snowshoeing or staying inside with a good book, these 6 tips can lead to healthier skin this winter.
- Hydrate – we tend to drink less water in the winter, so look for ways to increase fluids, specifically water. Try adding fresh fruit to water for a fruit-flavored drink. If hot beverages are what you’re craving, go for hot water with lemon and honey.
- Increase fruits and veggies - by increasing our intake of fruits and vegetables, we’re benefiting from the natural cold and flu fighters present in the vitamins and minerals in our food. These vitamins are also necessary for collagen production, which helps protect skin and keep it youthful. Choose citrus fruits for a burst of immune supporting vitamin C. Apples, grapes, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, green leafy veggies, etc., all have important collagen building nutrients, plus these foods further supply our bodies with water.
- Humidify – Our home heaters, radiators, and wood stoves significantly reduce the amount of humidity in our homes, which further dries out skin. Invest in a whole house humidifier or smaller units for the bedrooms.
- Skip the hot shower – hot showers feel so good when we’re cold, but hot water strips beneficial oils from our skin. Instead, choose a lukewarm bath or shower and keep it shorter in duration. Better yet, decrease the number of showers or baths you take each week. Once out of the tub, pat your body dry and apply a good moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Our 100% natural Body Butter comes in multiple scents or unscented.
- Protect exposed skin – cover up as much skin as possible when you go outdoors. For any skin that’s exposed, smear a thin layer of Healing Salve on it to protect your skin from the elements and lock in moisture. Don’t forget the lips, even with a scarf on. Apply Lip Balm to keep your lips moisturized and chap-free. (You know your kids are licking their lips under that scarf anyway!)
- Exfoliate – polish your skin with a good scrub 2-3 times a week. Not only will this buff dead skin cells away, but your moisturizer will penetrate your skin better. Our Sugar Scrub leaves behind a thin layer of skin-loving almond oil to further moisturize and nourish your body.
Don’t let winter wreak havoc on your skin. Whether you’re an avid snowboarder or aspiring snowbird, following these tips will leave your skin healthy and nourished this winter.