We all know how hard it can be to keep our skin looking fresh and feeling soft in the winter time. The cold weather moves in, the howling wind picks up and we suffer dry, cracked and flaky skin. However, there are a few tips that can help you stave off the annoying effects of winter and we have jotted them down below!
Tips to Keep your skin healthy this winter
1. Turn down the heat
That super hot water you are soaking in can strip away more oils in your skin than necessary. By lowering the temperature just a tad you can maintain more of those oils in your skin and help avoid unintentionally drying it out.
2.Moisturize right after washing
In order to trap as much moisture as possible, try applying your moisturizer, creams and lotions immediately after washing your skin.
3. Check your ingredients
Some ingredients in lotions can irritate your skin. Look for a cream or ointment that contains olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, lactic acid or mineral oil. All these ingredients can help to soothe dry skin (according to the AAD). *Extra tip: Carry a travel size hand cream (like our Aveda Hand Creme) with you so you can apply it to your hands each time after washing them.
4. Add Moisture to the air
If the air in your home feels a bit too dry, try plugging in a humidifier. It is a simple way to moisturize the air and help keep it from drying out your skin!
5. Exfoliate your skin!
The easiest way to reveal fresh, glowing skin is to gently exfoliate it. Softly scrub your body while in the shower to remove old, dry skin cells. This will help the body regenerate a new layer of skin!
6. Protect your skin from harsh weather
When you step outside in the winter make sure you are properly dressed. Cover your hands with gloves and your neck with a scarf to help protect those areas from the cold, dry conditions.
7. Hydrate yourself!
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we opt for warmer options instead – hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc. Remembering to stay hydrated will help your skin stay hydrated as well.