12 Dec Healthy Skin 101: Winter Skin Care Tips
The winter can be brutal on your skin, especially here in New York! Temperatures are falling, and the cold can leave your poor skin chapped, cracked, flaky, dry, and bleeding. Unfortunately, being inside the house during the winter doesn’t help either. Even indoors the heat can dry out your skin. While wintertime dry skin can affect some worse than others, it is important to change your skincare routine with the seasons.
If you want to hydrate and nourish your skin this winter, check out these winter skin care tips to help keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
1. Watch what you eat. What you ingest will have a direct effect on your skin, so make sure you are eating whole, nutritious foods. Ingesting too much saturated fat can lead to inflammation. Instead, ingest fatty acids which can help protect the skin’s moisture barrier. Find beneficial fatty acids in fish, avocados, and fish.
2. Make sure you moisturize your skin a lot this winter with an oil-based moisturizer. Don’t use moisturizers that are water-based, instead, save these products for the summertime. This winter, invest in your skin by opting for a high-quality oil-based moisturizer, which is heavier and more protective than your summertime products.
3. Indoor heat is most certainly welcome during the winter. However, cranking up the heater can dry out your skin. Heaters can make your space feel warm and cozy, so make sure you balance out the drying effects by placing several humidifiers around your house. A humidifier can help put back the beneficial moisture into the air.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Make sure you hydrate! This aspect cannot be stressed enough, as adequate hydration is necessary for bodily function and can help keep your body and skin hydrated. Avoid sugary drinks, and avoid or at least limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Just by drinking water you can give your skin a healthy looking glow, and can make pores and wrinkles less prominent.
5. While you may love having a hot shower during the winter, you should try your very best to avoid hot showers. Even though hot showers can feel wonderful, hot water can wreak havoc on your skin. Besides the hot water, harsh soaps can strip the moisture out of your skin. So instead of taking a long, hot shower take a shower using warm water and keep your showers short.