Winter skincare tips
The cold winter weather as well as the use of heaters and hot water can all have a harsh effect on our skin. It can be frustrating and uncomfortable to deal with dry, irritated skin but luckily, it doesn’t have to expensive or confusing. Here’s how you can boost your skincare routine during this cold season.
Use warm water
On cold days, we may find ourselves using scalding hot water to bath or shower in an effort to get warm. While this can offer relief from the cold, hot water removes the skin’s natural oils, making it extra dry and sensitive. Rather use warm water, especially when washing your face.
Drinking water and eating fresh fruit and vegetables can help keep your skin hydrated. I know it’s not exactly easy to drink ice cold water in this weather, which is why it’s good to find some alternatives. For example, swap out tap water for some lukewarm water with lemon, drink rooibos or green tea (you can add ginger and honey to switch it up) and eat citrus fruit like oranges, naartjies and grapefruit. Avoid sugary drinks or anything that’s high in caffeine, like coffee and energy drinks.
Change your skincare routine
Some moisturisers that work in summer are not so good in winter. You may need something to effectively lock in moisture like a glycerin-based moisturiser or coconut oil. These are available at reasonable prices at your local pharmacy or supermarket. Your hands and feet can also get dry (especially since we have to constantly wash our hands) so make sure you moisturise them with something that’s long-lasting like glycerin or petroleum jelly.
The food we eat can actually have a huge impact on our skin. Remember, your skin is also an organ so it needs the same type of nourishment that your other organs get. Eating fresh fruit, vegetables, proteins, seeds and nuts can help your skin glow even during the cold months. Fruits like avocado that are rich in fatty acids can really help with preventing skin from drying when eaten regularly.
Getting enough exercise in winter is not easy, but it’s necessary. Exercise doesn’t just help you deal with stress, it’s also a great way to keep your skin healthy. When we work out, we sweat and this helps our skin get rid of any dirt and impurities trapped in our pores.
Your skin is your largest organ and although it can be tricky to maintain, the tips I have provided can help you get through the winter months without struggling with dry, flaky skin. Do you have any skincare tips and tricks of your own? Share them with me on social media.
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