Do you have a special winter skincare routine? If not, you might want to read on…
Winter is just around the corner, and writing your Christmas shopping list shouldn’t be the only thing on your mind…
Yes, ‘tis almost the season for sore throats and red, stuffy noses – but the flu isn’t what I want to talk about today.
I actually want to talk to you about your hair, skin, and nails and tell you that…
They all need some extra TLC in the colder months to remain healthy and beautiful.
If you’re living in an area that gets really cold this time of year, I’m sorry to tell you that you can’t get by just with a nutrient-rich diet…
You’ll also need to include some natural care products into your daily routine and even let go of some… “bad” habits.
In this article, I’ll share with you all the tips I give my friends and family that have dry, itchy skin, as well as brittle hair and chipped nails.
All you have to do is keep reading and raid your pantry for a few key healthful ingredients that will protect your skin, nails, and hair from the harsh winter air.
Let’s begin with winter skincare…
First off, I want to give you a few dos and don’ts for the wintertime that will prevent dry skin…
Winter skincare – DOs and DON’Ts
1. Don’t take hot showers
I know that the first thing you want to do when you get home on a freezing day is to take a hot shower and warm yourself up…
But this can actually do a lot of damage to your skin and scalp…
The best water temperature you can use, no matter if it’s winter or summer, is lukewarm.
It prevents dry skin, and also boosts your circulation and prevents harsher skin problems.
And since we’re talking about showers, try to make it as quick as possible (5 to 10 minutes) to not put extra stress on your skin.
You can also consider using a mild shower gel, without harsh ingredients that could damage the skin even more in the colder months.
2. Use a humidifier
When you’re cranking up the heat in your house, the air gets really dry and saps all the moisture from your skin…
You can counteract this by investing in a humidifier. It’s not only great for keeping your skin smooth and vibrant, but it also prevents a lot of uncomfortable symptoms related to dry air like a sore throat and viral infections.
And it’s proven that using a humidifier can even help reduce snoring.
3. Drink more water
Another step you can take to make sure your skin isn’t losing moisture is to drink more water than you usually do.
Hydration is the key to everything, so it will even help you keep your immunity strong to fight off those pesky winter germs.
4. Don’t use alcohol-based products
If you use any sort of toner or astringent on your face, try to reduce the amount…
Or better yet, try to not use it at all during winter.
Any product that contains alcohol strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving it vulnerable to the harsh winter air.
5. Dress accordingly
If it’s cold outside, you need to dress appropriately or you might regret it later.
For instance, the skin on our hands is quite sensitive to the cold.
If you decide to not wear gloves, your skin will be vulnerable and will most likely get dry, itchy and chapped.
One extra layer might also prevent other winter conditions like the flu or frostbite.
6. Put on sunscreen
A major myth that many people believe in is that you should only wear sunscreen when the sun is scorching hot and there are no clouds in the sky.
100% not true.
UV rays can go right through clouds and still cause damage to the skin…
So don’t be fooled by the cold!
Make sure that when you’re leaving the house, you’re protecting your exposed skin with at least 15 SPF sunscreen.
If you implement these skin-friendly habits into your life, you might not even see a patch of dry skin this year. But if you want to go the extra mile and get optimal results, I’d suggest you moisturize your skin with…
The All-Powerful Moisturizer Hiding In Your Cupboard
Now, I’m sure you won’t be at all surprised, but my go-to ingredient for moisturizing the skin is…
Coconut oil has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue for the last five years or so… And it’s no wonder.
It has amazing properties that can do a world of good for the human body.
One of these benefits? Highly moisturizing the skin.
It can hydrate and soften even the roughest areas of skin on the body – like your elbows, knees, and heels.
I’m telling you – you don’t need any fancy cream with dozens of ingredients. You just need inexpensive, all-powerful coconut oil.
It has even been proven to have healing effects for acne and eczema, because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Take note of the dos and don’ts, moisturize with coconut oil – and you won’t have one thing to worry about even in the dead of winter.
Now, if you’re already having problems with dry skin, don’t worry!
I’ve got you covered with this as well…
A Winter Skincare Secret: Nourishing Avocado Mask For Dry Skin
I have an amazingly simple recipe for a heavy-duty hydrating mask that’s worked wonders for my friends (and for me as well)…
Here’s what you need:
- Half of an avocado;
- 1 tsp of olive oil;
- 1 tbsp of honey.
- Mash the avocado.
- Add the other two ingredients and mix well.
- Apply the creamy mask on the affected areas and leave on for 20 minutes.
- Wash it off and enjoy the results!
It’s as simple as that.
The avocado, olive oil and honey all have great benefits for the skin, and together they act as a highly moisturizing agent that will get your rid of dry skin in a heartbeat.
With that, this winter skincare guide is over. What do you think? Will you update your skincare routine?
If you want to learn some extra tips on how to take care of your nails and hair in the wintertime, you can check out the second part of this guide.