How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized and Healthy This Winter

Did you wake up this morning, roll over and groan because your skin pulled and hurt? Dry and chapped skin during the winter months is very common, unfortunately, and it can even become painful if the condition gets really bad. However, by changing your life just a little bit, you can reduce or even eliminate all of your dry skin ailments for the rest of the winter months.

Stay hydrated. The best way to keep your skin healthy is by consuming lots of water. Keeping hydrated from the inside if one of the easiest and quickest ways to keep dry skin at bay any time of the year, but especially during winter.

Reduce the temp. When you get out of bed in the morning, do you immediately run for a hot shower? Well stop it! The hot water is a great drying agent for your skin. Reducing the temperature of the water to warm will keep it from drying out fast. When you step out of that shower, make sure to dab yourself dry instead of rubbing the towel all over your body. Less friction and contact on the skin will help it retain moisture.

Make mine mild. The soap you use during that WARM shower might also be harmful to your skin. Some soaps have agents that dry out the skin by removing all oil, even though some oil is a good thing. Buy soap or body lotion that contains moisturizing agents in it. And when you use that soap, skip the washcloth and use your hands to clean your body. The less contact with your skin, the more moisturized it will stay.

I’ll have the coconut. After dabbing dry your skin, apply a layer of coconut oil over your skin. Coconut oil is the best oil used in cooking, but also for your skin. It contains three different types of acids which are beneficial to your dry skin, but also help conditions of psoriasis and eczema. The coconut oil is great to use as a moisturizer because of its other ingredients. It will not clog up your pores or make your skin feel oily, like other lotions or oils may do.

Layer it! This tip is two-fold. When getting dressed in the morning, opt for soft fabrics, such as cotton and flannel. The softer fabric fibers won’t rub against the skin and further irritate it. By putting on layers of warm, soft clothes you can also turn down your thermostat. Keeping more clothes on doesn’t sound like a skin care tip, but it is. If you are warm by clothing instead of forced air from a furnace, it keeps the moisture in your air higher. Any type of furnace with forced air naturally lowers the moisture content. The higher your thermostat is set, the lower the moisture content will be, thus making your skin drier.

Add the nutrients. Taking a daily vitamin will keep the stores of good things in your system up, which is also an indirect way to staying healthy. Vitamins, along with drinking water and keeping a healthy diet are the easiest ways to maintain your skin’s health, surprisingly. A diet full of minerals and vitamins keeps the skin supple and strong.

Bundle up. The winter produces a lot of days with a cold wind. The wind against your skin can dry it out quickly, especially when you run in to the warm, forced air furnace house. The two extremes are very drying to skin when it is not covered up.

Lather up. When you go outside, protect your skin from the sun. If you are going skiing, snowmobiling, skating or anything outdoors, use sunscreen on your face and any exposed skin. Even though the air temp is cool, the sun’s rays are still bright and damaging – and drying.

Don’t forget your kisser! Your lips contain some of the most abused skin on your body. Don’t forget to cover up your lips with chapstick often. The chapstick can protect against cold, wind, sun and dry air. Your lips are almost always exposed and need the most protection, but we very seldom remember to protect our lips!

When you are worn out from your day and ready to hit the pillow, turn on the humidifier. The humidifier can run through the night or even around the clock to keep moisture in the air. The more moisture in your air on a continual basis means that your skin will have more protection from drying out.

You don’t have to follow all of these tips to keep your skin soft and moisturized, but the more you do, the better shape your skin will be in when we reach spring. Follow a few or follow them all and report your results. Did they work? Is your skin gorgeous? Let you skin have a great winter season this year.


One Response to “How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized and Healthy This Winter”
  1. Lauren says:

    I love my Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion 🙂

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