Keeping Hydrated Skin Even in Cold Weather
For many people, the cold clear days bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
Cold and dryness put a lot of stress on your skin because they dehydrate, make your skin vulnerable to damages and trigger inflammation. Dehydration and inflammation are the main triggers in aging. Therefore, to shield your skin against aging, always upgrade for a richer, more protective ways to keep your skin hydrated.
Here’s some tips that should help you revamp the moisture in your skin:
- Take short showers using warm water – Hot water might feel good on a cold morning, but it strips skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated and itchy. Although hot and long baths and showers are comforting during the cold season, they do have a paradoxical drying effect on your skin and dermatologists always advise against hot water for a long time during the winter. Instead, use slightly less hot water or shower/bath for a shorter time; afterwards, ALWAYS moisturize your skin (face and body) after.
- Put only a light amount of make-up – Putting a lot of make-up can make your skin age faster because it blocks the pores, prevents your skin from breathing and may even contain toxic chemicals that intoxicate your skin. I have seen so many women, young or old, trying to cover up the flaws of their skin with tons of foundation, concealer and powder. The result is NEVER what they hope for and pretty scary. So not only it does not look good, but the skin is also choked, which always accelerate aging.
- Take in lots of fluids – Since dry weather robs your skin of moisture, it’s important to increase your intake of water and other fluids. Avoid caffeinated drinks like soda and coffee, which can have a diuretic effect. Some studies have also shown that dietary fatty acids such as omega-3 [found in fish and flaxseed oils] and omega-6 [found in evening primrose oil] may help dry skin by replenishing your skin’s natural oils, so consider incorporating these foods and supplements into your diet.
- Slather on a rich moisturizer – After shower, pat skin dry and apply an oil-based cream instead of a lighter lotion to better trap and lock moisture into skin to fight cold weather dryness. To boost absorption, warm your jar of cream in a sink of hot water while you shower.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/dry-skin/winter-skin-tips.aspx http://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/skin-care-beauty-tips-cold-weather http://www.naturepurity.com/holistic/coldweatherskincare.html