Winter Skin Care Tips

winterskinWinter is right around the corner. The cold days bring more than just rosy cheeks. It also brings uncomfortable dryness due to the bitter winds, hot showers, low temperatures, and indoor heat. It is important to start making daily changes to your routine to help prevent dry and flaky skin during the cold temperature months. Here are some easy skin care tips for winter.

Hydration

Soft, beautiful skin does come from the inside. When the skin is dehydrated the skin cells turn over more slowly causing buildup of dead skin. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and by consuming food that contains omega-3 fatty acids. Food such as walnuts, salmon, sardines, and soybeans are very high in omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acid helps to boost hydration.

Moisturize

As the season changes, so does your skin routine. Find a moisturizer that is oil based rather than water based. The oil works as a protective layer on the skin. Oil helps to lock in more moisture than a lotion. However, not all oils are appropriate for the face. Look for non-clogging oils such as avocado oil, almond oil, mineral oil, or primrose oil.

Hot Baths

Having a hot, steamy bath has many benefits. However, it can take a toll on your hair and skin during the winter. Too many hot showers dry out the skin and cause it to be flaky. The arms and legs have fewer oil glands than the rest of the body, so they tend to be drier and scalier. The intense heat from hot showers breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which leads to a lack of moisture.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be worn every season. The earth is closest to the sun during the winter and further from it in the summer. Winter sun along with the snow glare can reflect 80 percent of harmful UV rays, which cause skin cancer as well as wrinkles. Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.

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