Winter can be really rough on your skin. Sometimes it seems like there’s just no escaping the dryness. But you can do something about it! Here are 10 tips to keep your skin hydrated and beautiful.
1. See an Esthetician.
The best way to know how your skin works may be to get an expert to take a look at it. Having the opinion of an esthetician, like an esthetician here at Ecobeautica, could clarify any skin issues you have. For instance, you might think you have sensitive skin, but it’s possible that your skin is actually allergic to a product you’re using. Estheticians could determine the kind of skin you have and the kinds of products that would work best for your skin. They may even be able to shed some light on the kind of skin care regimen you should follow.
2. Use the Right Moisturizer.
Many of us probably suffer from dry skin in the winter. But the way we address dry skin differs from skin type to skin type. Those with normally dry skin may want to use powerful moisturizers that contain alpha hydroxy acids, emollients, and humectants. Those with oily skin may want to use a light moisturizer after showing, depending on how their skin gets in the winter. Combination skin will likely require a mix of both approaches, using powerful moisturizers on dry areas and lighter moisturizers on oilier areas. No matter what your skin type, noncomedogenic products are probably your best bet; no sense in clogging up those pores with product.
3. Protect Your Skin.
Winter air and wind are no joke. Keep your skin protected with hats and scarves. If you know there’ll be a lot of wind, that you’ll be very active, or that the temperature will be drastically low, give your skin a little extra support with petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly could seal in moisture in very dry areas and provide a barrier from the cold and wind. Protect your lips and your nostrils too.
Be aware of your altitude and know whether or not you’ll be surrounded by snow. UV rays are stronger where the air is thinner, and snow could reflect sunlight and UV rays onto you. In situations like that, you’ll want to get some sunscreen on your skin, especially if your skin burns easily.
4. Don’t Forget Your Hands and Feet.
Hands and feet can get just as dry as our facial skin, if not, more so. Keep them moisturized with oil-based lotions or creams to really lock in moisture. You could use exfoliants on your feet first to allow the moisturizers to really penetrate and work on your skin.
Avoid using socks and gloves made of irritating fabric. If you need heavy-duty gloves to keep warm, try wearing those gloves over thin cotton gloves to keep the rough fabric from being in direct contact with your skin.
5. Avoid Irritating Your Skin.
This is a pretty obvious one that should be true all year. In our haste to rid ourselves of dry winter skin, however, we might end up irritating our skin further. Stay away from anything that aggravates your skin, including chemical irritants, peels, irritating products, parts of your skin care regimen, and more. You may even want to limit the amount of times you exfoliate, or at least exfoliate more gently than usual.
6. Keep Your Showers Short and Warm.
Long, hot showers and baths may be soothing, but they dry out your skin. Stick to warm showers, and don’t let them last too long if you can help it. 5-10 minutes may be all you need. Don’t rub down your skin with a towel to completely dry it off, either. You might end up irritating your skin. Besides, that bit of moisture after stepping out of the shower could improve the effectiveness of your lotions. Apply moisturizers once you get out of the shower.
7. Get a Humidifier for Your Home.
A humidifier would keep the air in your home from being too dry. If you opt for a humidifier, be sure to use distilled water (not tap water) and change the filter and clean the humidifier regularly. You want to prevent the buildup of mold and mildew. No point in potentially filling the air in your home with toxins.
Making sure your body has the nutrients it needs will support its ability to retain moisture. Omega-3 supplements like OmegAvail™ Liquid and vitamin E supplements like Ultra Gamma E Complex may do the trick.
9. Stay Hydrated.
The outermost layer of your skin dries out when it doesn’t have enough water. It stands to reason that a hydrated body could keep its skin hydrated, too. Even so, it’s important to make sure your body has enough water, so stay hydrated.
10. Make Sure It’s Not a Thyroid Problem.
Your dry skin could be the result of an abnormal reception of or the lack of a reaction to the thyroid hormone T3. In cases like this, it’s possible that the body produces a hormone similar to T3 and that this lookalike hormone occupies cell receptors for T3. This prevents the T3 hormone from binding with cell receptors and doing its job.
If your dry skin is related to an abnormal reception of T3, it may be best to start supporting your body by ensuring that your body has enough selenium and iodine. Selenium and iodine are the building blocks for T3, and they could support your body’s ability to regulate its thyroid levels. Our Iodine Synergy™ could give you this support.