During the winter our skin takes a beating. We go through dry cold weather; in some areas you have lots of cold hard blowing winds. And some live on the coasts where they have to deal with the sea winds and salts drying out their skin. And it’s not just our faces that takes a beating, so does our hands and lips. And then we are under layers of heavy clothing not to mention we go in and out of dry heated places.
So what can we do to keep our skin supple and moist during the winter months?
Here we offer a few helpful ideas on how to take care of dry winter skin.
Even though it’s winter your skin still needs UV protection. So you will want a good SPF 30 during the winter. This will help protect your face from harmful UV rays.
- Vitamins are essential for healthy skin, especially vitamins A, B, and C. Vitamin E helps to improve the complexion when applied topically. So good moisturizers with vitamins in them will help your skin.
- Use a good ph balanced soap for your skin. Many soaps on the market can dry your skin and strip it of the much needed oils during the winter months. So look for a soap that is free from harsh chemicals and scents.
- Exfoliate your skin at least once a week. Using a bath brush before getting into the shower will help. Or using gentle exfoliating scrubs. You don’t want harsh scrubs, as that will scratch your all ready dry skin. You just want to gently remove old dry skin cells so that newer skin is exposed.
- When finished with your bath or shower, pat your skin dry and apply a good moisturizing cream to your body. By doing this, you help lock in the moisture in your skin. Shea butter enriched products are wonderful for dry skin.
- Drink plenty of water during the day. Your skin will need this to keep from dehydrating and its just plan good for you.
- Your skin is the largest organ of your body and your skin needs supplements just as the rest of your body does. Make sure you take plenty of Vit C, B, E, Zinc and a good Antioxidant. This will be your defense against the free radicals that attack your skin. And a good Omega 3 will also work wonders for your skin. All of this works from the inside out to restore your skin and help it to maintain it’s elasticity
- Don’t forget your lips. Lips need a good balance of moisture to keep them soft. Try to find a good lip treatment that offers vitamins and Vit E , Shea Butter or Jojoba
I know there are many more ways to take care of your skin during the winter months, but we hope this will give you some places to start.
Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor