Dry skin is one of the classic signs of skin aging. As we age, our skin loses its natural oils which help in maintaining the moisture content of our skin. As those oils slowly get depleted, the skin becomes dry and eventually becomes leathery and very rough in texture. Dry skin can happen any time during the year, but it is most common during the winter season. During winter, low temperatures, cold winds, and low humidity strip off the natural lipid layer of the skin which prevents the skin from drying out. Furthermore, furnaces and fireplaces also suck out our skin's moisture content. This is why it is really quite a challenge to keep a well moisturized and hydrated skin during this time of the year.
To help your skin to survive the brutality of the winter season, keep in mind the following winter skin care tips:
1. Use a mild cleanser as opposed to soap, which can strip your skin of the essential oils it needs.
2. Though you may not be as thirsty as during the summer, continue to drink lots of water to provide the necessary hydration to your skin. Water hydrate your skin from the inside and will replace moisture loss. Take your wieght, divide it in half. That is how many ounces of water your body requires each day!
3. During the cold weather, you might want to try using a thicker, richer moisturizer, two to three times per day, to help your skin to adequately replenish the moisture it loses. Adding a small dime size amount of your favorite oil, like Coconut Oil, to your cream will work as double moisturizer!
4. Gently exfoliate your skin to remove the dead surface skin cells that can form due to excessive dryness. Pick a day each week to scrub yourself down in the shower, I do it every Sunday!
5. Remember your lips are also part of the skin on your face so use a soothing lip balm or moisturizing lipstick, preferably with a sunscreen.
6. For the face, try a light textured moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin without clogging pores. Another great option, especially for dry patches, the delicate eye area, lips, and cuticles is a hydrating serum. This nourishing serum delivers the super hydration benefits of hyaluronic acid to soothe, smooth and plump. We suggest wearing hydrating serum under moisturizer for extremely dry skin.
7. Use moisturizing lotion after you get out of the shower, but before you dry yourself, is a huge way to lock in extra wetness.
8. Soaking in a bath with bath oil, for 15 to 20 minutes, is helpful because it adds moisture back into the skin. Showering tends to wash off your own body oil and makes you drier. Pat, don't rub, yourself off after the bath.
9. Try to keep an anti-itch cream on hand to apply to excessively dry patches that occur despite taking the above suggestions, so that you can moisturize these tender areas to avoid scratching and prevent infection.
By taking a few winter skin care precautions, you can be as happy and beautiful with your skin in the winter season as you are during the summer.
Lastly, for healthy skin make sure you're getting enough essential fatty acids in your diet.