Still in the middle of Winter! Stay on top of your skincare with these 10 tips to master your skincare.
i. Stay hydrated and drink a lot of water: I love to have a gallon of water by me every single day. It also sits on my bedside. It helps me feel refreshed and keeps me away from caffeine.
ii. Shower with lukewarm water: I know, I know- the weather is cold and the things that feels the best is dialing up the hot water in your shower or bathtub. The only problem with that is that hot water dries up your skin like crazy, by stripping away natural oils.
iii. Exfoliate less: As we all know, exfoliation does feel good because it takes away dry, dead skin. However, over-exfoliation leads to more problematic skin issues- including dryness. Exfoliate less than usual and follow it up with a great moisturizing routine.
iv. Cleanse for face without drying the skin: Go for cleansers that are fragrance-free and are gentle for your skin. My favorite is this one by Cetaphil. There have ones for sensitive and non-sensitive skin.
v. Moisturize!: Your skin will need a lot of moisture during these cool, dry months. It is really beneficial to moisturize right after you get out of the shower. Try natural products, serums and oils for a more heavy duty glow.
vi. Utilize SPF: Protect your skin from free radicals and and the winter sun. Part of the work will be done for you by wearing layers to protect from the cold temperatures- but do not forget about body parts that are not fully covered, i.e, your face. Opt for a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
vii. Lower the thermostat: I am very guilty of this one. The only problem with that is that central air can make your home even drier. Maintaining temperatures between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit will do your skin more good. If you still need the heat then…
viii. Get a Humidifier: This is the perfect solution for when the air is too dry. Crank up the humidifier in the rooms that you are frequently in- bedroom, bathroom or living room. This really helps maintain the moisture in the room while keeping you comfortably warm.
ix. Eat right: If you increase the amount of healthy fats in your diet or supplementation, it helps to keep the skin moisturized from the inside out. Add foods like- avocados, wild-caught salmon and flaxseed oil, etc. For supplementation, think fish oil, omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids.
x. Avoid Alcohol: As we all know drinking alcohol is extremely dehydrating. This goes for beauty products containing alcohol too- those are a no-no if you want to encourage supple hydrated skin during the winter.