A lukewarm shower and hot chocolate sure do the job when it comes to comforting our bodies, but does it do the same for our skin?
Winter has its own charm but can wreak havoc on your skin. The cold air robs the natural moisture from the skin, making it dry, rough, very itchy.
So, combat dry winter skin with these pro-tips and keep your skin moist and supple.
Get a daily dose of H2O
It is all about hydration!
Throughout the warmer months, water is always at the top of our minds. However, during the winter season, many of us forget to keep our bodies hydrated.
Remember, winter dehydration is harder to notice, particularly if you are not sweating or feeling cold, and can lead to dull, dry skin.
An effortless and effective way to deal with this is to set the alarm for drinking water every 2 hours. Furthermore, if you tend to get bored with drinking water, opt for a flavored fusion.
Another healthy way of consuming water is to have fruits with high water content, such as watermelons, apples, oranges, kiwi, and vegetables with high water content such as celery, cucumbers, and carrots.
No amount of lotion or cream can nourish your skin if you do not eat right in winter.
Although it is essential to help keep the skin moisturized from the outside, it is equally crucial to moisturize it from the inside. The best way to do this is by having foods or supplements containing omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil, to help build the natural body oil needed to protect the skin.
It is vital to eat lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, along with heart-healthy fats from fish, seeds, and nuts can keep skin soft and supple. After all, you are what you eat!
Hot showers are a big NO
Although it sounds and feels oh-so-good, a steamy hot shower is the biggest enemy of skin. As the water temperature goes from warm to hot, it causes increased evaporation of the skin’s natural hydration.
Hot showers that last more than ten minutes can end up cracking the skin. So, invest in products that will help heal it in harsh winters.
A moisturizing body wash and lotion are a must-have in winters. To keep skin moisturized and glowing throughout, ensure using a thick moisturizing body wash every time so that it provides ample hydration and nourishment for the entire day.
To make your shower all the more moisturizing, own an utterly different skincare regime this winter. Include body cleansing oils and bath oils that are rich in soybean or any other plant oil in your shower routine so that the skin’s moisture barrier stays protected at all times.
Invest in a thick body lotion
Moisturizing is key to smooth, healthy skin. Rather than investing in an expensive day and night cream, one can opt for a budget-friendly lotion or body butter that does the job well.
Make it a habit to put generous amounts of moisturizer in the morning, starting with your face to ensure a good skin day. At night go in with a thick body butter all over the neck down to the feet to lock in moisture.
Pro-tip: To heal extra dry feet, wear socks right after that.
Humidify your house
Did you know dry indoor air can cause problems for your home? When the moist air in the home escapes, it gets replaced by dry air from outside, which can seriously compromise comfort.
The best thing you should do is to invest in a humidifier to amp up the home’s humidity during the coldest months of the year.
Dr. Asra Ali is a board-certified dermatologist practicing both medical and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Ali graduated from the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she also completed her dermatology residency training.