In warmer months, we know to drink plenty of water…H2O…aqua...because of it keeps us hydrated. In the winter months, you should still be drinking your water. It’s the best thing to drink as our skin contains 64% of water. Nothing can replace water, but eating fruits and veggies that have high-water content can help too like apples, oranges, pineapples, celery, cucumbers, and melons.
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered ESSENTIAL fatty acids. They are necessary for human health by reducing inflammation throughout the body and can help fortify the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. However, the body can’t make Omega-3 fatty acids. You have to get them through your food. Omega-3s can be found in fish, flax seeds and nuts. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, sardines, halibut, herring, flax seeds, walnuts, and safflower oil.
Changing Your Wardrobe
There are a number of “itchy” fabrics that are known to cause skin irritation…synthetic fabrics and wool. NOW I’m not saying you MUST go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe. All I’m saying is that you may want to limit your fashion choices as they may be the cause of your dry, itchy skin. Essential oils are lost when these itchy fabrics irritate the skin. The solution??? Wear more clothing that are made of cotton or other natural fibers.
Plug in the Humidifier
In the winter time when the air is colder and drier, skin can’t hold onto as much moisture as it can in warm air. Humidifiers infuse the air with moisture, soothing dried out, itchy, cracked skin. Humidifiers can be your skin’s best friend!!! Below are some humidifiers for dry skin in every price range:
PSA: The ugly thing about humidifiers is that the water chamber MUST be changed everyday in order to prevent an over growth of bacteria and germs. (NOW, I NEVER said beauty would be easy!) There is some work to it! :-)
If you have a radiator, just put a shallow pan with water on the top of it. The heat from the radiator heats the pan with the water in it and produces steam...instant humidifier...cost effective...same results!!!
Using Skincare Products for Moisture
You may have noticed that the products you used to moisturize your skin in the spring and summer aren’t working in the winter. That’s because moisturizers used in the spring and summer are probably water-based. Find an oil-based moisturizer, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that will help retain more moisture. But read the ingredients!!! Choose products that contain oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for "non-clogging" oils, like avocado oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil or Shea butter can clog facial pores. You can also look for lotions containing "humectants," a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.
What is your moisture routine in the winter??? Please comment and share!
Peace and Blessings!