Here arrives winter! It brings dry harsh weather which steals the moisture and natural moisturizing oil out of your skin every day. Due to cold weather outside we love to huddle around our heater. This increase in use of indoor heating system regularly steals the moisture from air making the skin further dry. In winter skin is drier and flakier with excess dead skin cells. The hot shower in winter further takes away moisture and natural oils from the skin. By losing its youthfulness or vitality skin looks wrinkly, chapped and itchy at times with visible signs of cracking at heels and elbow.
Here are some ways to fight off dry flakier skin this winter.
1. Stay hydrated
As cold creeps in we prefer to have hot drinks like cocoa or tea. But drinking water is just as important. With your body hydrated so is your skin and drinking water keeps your skin hydrated inside out. Alcohol consumption should be avoided as it dehydrates your body. A little warm water with the lemon juice can keep you hydrated and refreshed. Drink plenty of water after your workout.
2. Lukewarm water not hot
We prefer to have hot showers during winter after being in cold weather outside for long. But use of hot water and frequent washing is not good for your skin as well as your hair. Hot water dissolves the natural oils and protective barrier of the skin making it further dry. Have warm baths and spend less time in showers to avoid stripping of the natural oils from the surface of the skin.
3. Apply moisturizers immediately
As soon as you are out of bath moisturize your skin. This is helpful in sealing moisture of your body. Moisturize after every wash and use moisturizer liberally. Instead of using summer care products use winter care products because they are oil based. Use the moisturizers that have natural nourishing ingredients to protect your skin and keep it healthy. Use lip balms that is not harmful to your lips, as we tend to lick our lips more often while eating and drinking. You can reapply lip balms frequently to avoid dry lips.
4. Overnight moisture
Skins around hands, feet, knees and elbow are thin. These areas tend to get dryer quickly so, deep moisturizers like glycerin, petroleum jelly need to be applied in such body parts. Wear socks at night to avoid losing moisture.
5. Protect from winter sun
Winter sun is just as harmful as summer sun. UV rays are more reflected from snow and water. When going outside, use moisturizer or sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Apply it time and again if you are going to be outside for long time. Apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.
6. Protection from harsh weather
Face, hands and hair are most exposed parts of our body. Wear woolen hats, scarves, and gloves to protect skin from windburn. When winter comes we take out our woolen clothes to keep us warm. But wool can be irritating and aggravate dry skin. Never wear woolen clothes directly over skin but wear thin cotton clothing layer wool over it. Avoid wool especially for people who have eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis. Avoid wearing wet socks and gloves which contributes itchy sores and eczema.
Use of heater absorbs out moisture from the air and while windows and doors are closed no fresh air is inside. The drier air steals the moisture from your skin and further contributes to drier and flakier skin. To avoid this, install humidifier especially in bedroom, to put moisture back into the air. If you are not in position to purchase humidifier then place few bowls of water near your radiators. It gets job done. Do not forget to drink lots of water.
Dead skin cells need to be removed from your skin to avoid clogging which prevents moisture from getting into the skin. Exfoliate your skin using exfoliating mask on your hands, lips, feet or face and immediately apply moisturizer. Exfoliating also makes your skin smoother after removing dead skin cells.
These are some of the ideas to fight off dry skin. Avoid eating heavy, cheesy and sugary treats. Eat plenty of fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi and watery veggies like cucumbers, zucchini and carrots to hydrate your skin from inside out.