Right along with eyes, smile, and teeth, your skin is one of the first things that most people notice about you. Not only is your skin one of your most important and most noticeable assets, it’s also one of the hardest to care for. From acne and dry skin to dark spots and sunburn, our skin is constantly under attack from harsh day to day wear and tear. While we often focus on keeping our skin clear of those pesky blemishes, keeping the skin hydrated is just as important. This becomes even more important as we get older, and as it gets harder to hydrate the skin.
The burden of maintaining our skin’s hydration only increases during the cold winter months. During this time of year, your skin is more prone to dehydration and dryness. For those who have experienced winters in both cooler and hotter states, you’ll probably notice that winter in colder regions leaves your skin particularly parched and dehydrated. Even those with naturally oily or dewy skin, like myself, can find themselves falling victim to winter’s cruel dehydrating abilities.
Luckily, I’ve found a few ways to fight back against the toll that cold weather can have on your skin. Here are a few quick and easy tips to combatting dehydrated skin this winter:
1. Water is your best friend. This is true year round, but it is especially important during the harsh winter months. Drinking lots of water is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to care for your skin, and to keep your skin healthy and bright. Eight glasses a day keep the roughness away!
2. Moisturize regularly. No matter what type of skin you have–oily, combination, dry– it is imperative that you moisturize your skin daily. Moisturizing adds much-needed hydration to the skin, but waiting too long to moisturize after cleansing your face can cause your skin to lose some of its natural oils. Don’t feel like you have to splurge on an expensive moisturizer–drugstore brands work just fine. Just look for moisturizers rich in natural oils and vitamins, like jojoba, coconut oil, and chamomile, all of which are great for combatting dehydration in the skin.
3. Exfoliation nation. Exfoliation doesn’t need to happen as often as moisturizing. In fact, depending on the type of exfoliation method that you use, it only needs to be done once or twice a week. Exfoliation is perfect for removing dead skin and particles from your face that can make your skin appear dry, and that eliminate the natural glow.
4. Bundle up. Cold weather has the natural ability to dry out even the most moisturized skin. Bundling up with your favorite scarf this winter can help to retain some of that moisture that contributes to glowing skin (and it adds a cute addition to any winter look).
5. Eat those veggies (and those fruits). If you’re anything like me, you aren’t a huge proponent of consuming anything green–I would much rather devour a plate of cheese fries but I digress. Caring for your insides are just as important as caring for your outsides when it comes to your skin. Eating those delicious veggies are a great way to improve skin health, and get you on the road to the luxurious glowing skin. Fruits, like lemon, cucumbers, and rosemary, are also great for accomplishing a glowing look, and are great for body detoxes too!
6. Wash with lukewarm water. This goes for showers, baths, and facial cleansing. It might be tempting to indulge in a piping hot shower to get away from the cold that lurks outside but beware. Regularly taking hot showers, and washing your face with hot water strips your skins of essential oils and moisture that give it that natural glow–and you’ll miss that moisture on those particularly cold days.
7. Home remedies. One of my favorite ways to get the natural glowing appearance that is so hard to accomplish during the cold months is through natural home remedies. Some of my favorites include pure honey and oatmeal masks, as well as egg white facials. These natural solutions give your skin a clear and glowing appearance and are much cheaper than the expensive creams and masks sold in stores.
Achieving clear and glowing skin during the winter is affordable and obtainable–as it should be.
Getting noticeably glowing skin is more about the way in which you care for your skin than what you put on it. While everyone has different skin types and not every solution will work for everyone, by implementing a few of these methods into your skincare routine, you’ll be a step closer to achieving beautifully clear and glowing skin this winter.
Don’t let the dreary weather stop you from glowing!