Skin Protection in Winter

We have all experienced at least once in a lifetime what a cold and dry air can do to our skin. Redness, irritation, cracks, white marks of dead skin, as well as itchiness and pain, are only some of the signs that your skin is affected by cold winter weather.

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Here are some of the tips on how to protect your skin and make it hydrated and glowy, even during winter time.

 

Cover Your Skin

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Winter clothes; image source: pexels.com

When it is cold outside, it is important to wear layers of clothes so the air can get heated between them. However, do not forget your hands, neck, and head.

Gloves and a scarf are a must if you want to protect your skin in the areas that are not covered with clothes. A hat will keep your hair protected as well.

Moisturize

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Improved skin; image source: pexels.com

Another important method of protecting your skin in winter is moisturization. The Independent Pharmacy suggests opting for lotions that are designed for dry skin and that contain oils.

Apply them after every shower to “trap” the moisture in the skin. A layer of lotion will also protect you if you go outside.

Avoid Washing Your Hair Every Day

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Washing your hair on a daily basis can dry out both skin on your head and your hair. Also, when you do it do not go outside until it is completely dry.

Use a mask and a conditioner.

Do Not Forget About Your Lips

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Lip balm; image source: pixabay.com

Lips are very sensitive to cold temperatures. Hydrating them with lip balms every time you go out is essential for preventing painful cracks. Also, exfoliation is recommended to remove dead skin.

Use product designed especially for this part of your body.

Drink A Lot of Liquid

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Hydration comes from the inside. Therefore, to keep your skin hydrated you have to drink enough water (or tea). During winter time we tend to forget to consume water because we do not sweat as much.

However, that does not mean that our body should not get its eight cups of water every day.

Eat Healthy Fats

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Avocado, a source of Omega 7; image source: pexels.com

Avocado, fish, olive oil, nuts, are only some of the sources of omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for healthy and glowy skin.

Do not forget to consume fruits and vegetables, as well as proteins to provide your skin every mineral and vitamin it needs.

Humidify the Air

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Humidifying the room; image source: arpis.com

Besides cold weather, dry air is also a factor that can cause problems with dry skin. The solution is to invest in the air humidifier.

Put the device in your bedroom so it can do its magic overnight.

Exfoliate

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Sea salt; image source: blogspot.si

Exfoliation is a beauty procedure that should be done on a regular basis, depending on the product you use. Not only it will clean your skin and remove dead cells, but it will also make it soft and smooth.

You can make your own exfoliator with a couple of spoons of sea salt, lemon juice, and one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the paste on your wet skin and gently rub it with a glove. Rinse off the product and enjoy the glowy skin.

The Bottom Line

Dry skin during the winter time is not just a matter of aesthetics, it can also cause pain and irritation. Additionally, it might be a sign that your diet needs to be changed or you do not drink enough water.

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Staying hydrated, from the inside and out, is the best way to prevent skin problems during cold weather.

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