As we transition into winter, is your skin winter proofed? We are in the last two weeks of autumn and experiencing the mixed weather conditions. The cooler mornings and nights are yet to get colder and with cold days fast approaching as well, our largest organ will need serious protection against the harshness it awaits. Our skins suffer the consequences and the glow starts to surely fade away. This is a clear indication that together with the change of wardrobe, we also need a change of make-up and cosmetic bags.
Our skin loose moisture during winter leaving it looking dry and dull. It needs some tender care with enough moisturizing, protective skin products, a healthy diet and not forgetting to drink water while warming up with that hot cup of coffee. Let me share some of the few tips on how to win this battle.
Do not allow the cold days to keep you from drinking water. We need to keep hydrated for the glow to continue because water will flush out all the toxins from the body. Since winter is a flu season remember that enough water intake will also benefit you by fighting colds and flu. Many also tend to eat a lot during this season so it will help maintain the weight.
Avoid hot water
Avoid hot showers and baths, yes it is cold and we need all the reasons to keep warm but hot water will strip your skin of natural oils. Opt for warm showers, not hot ones and keep them very short. This is where you should start and moisturize immediately after a bath or shower to lock-in the moisture.
Look into the skin products
Some products are not nourishing when it is cold, they might be great for summer but will do a great injustice to your skin during this season. This is time to use heavier lotions and creams.
For the face:
*get a hydrating lip balm with SPF to prevent the lips from drying and cracking
*Shop for a foundation that will assist with preventing loss of hydration
*avoid harsh traditional bar soaps and go for gentle face washes or soothing cleansers, hydrating facial wipes and gentle make-up removers
*use a hydrating alcohol-free toner
*use a hydrating mask and here is one simple homemade recipe- mash 1/2 of ripe avocado and mix with 1/4 honey to form a paste. apply to your face & leave for 10min then rinse off. Check out for more on this article SIX NATURAL MOISTURIZERS FOR YOUR SKIN
For the body:
*for the body lotion it is not necessary to store them away for the next season, just add a bit of the essential oil of your preference for moisture boost. Ooh, my favourites are the olive oil followed by vitamin E and tissue oil. There are a whole lot more like the chamomile, lavender, rosewood, and a few others.
For the hands:
*keep the hand lotion at an easy reach at all times so to moisturize every time after a hand wash and it is a must-have in your handbag. During this novel coronavirus frequent hand washing and alcohol-based sanitizers are our daily routine so our hands suffer the most and now with the cold weather and less humidity included the suffering will be higher.
*wear gloves for outdoors and rubber gloves for doing dishes
Eat the right diet
To correct or to keep anything in great condition on your body you will forever hear words like a balanced diet or a healthy diet or healthy eating plan. The body lotions and face creams are doing great when used correctly but we need to hydrate from inside out by eating right. My first in line favourite olive oil is great for both mixing the body lotion and for inside out as essential fat and add food that is high in essential fatty acids. Indulge in salmon, oysters, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, apricots and avocados.
There is a lot of options with what to eat and to add onto the list you can go for your carrots, leafy dark greens, grapes, beetroot and berries.
Take skin supplements
Together with your diet take relevant supplements to help you rejuvenate, restore and repair the skin. Supplement on fish oil, vitamin E, A, C and D to also help with oxidative stress.
SPF all year round is a must. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays will damage the skin any day of the year including winter days. Related article Sunscreen-101
**TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN 24/7 BECAUSE YOU WILL WEAR IT FOR A LIFETIME**