6 Tips to Keep Your Skin Beautiful and Healthy This Winter
Le Reve Rittenhouse Spa
Cold weather, harsh winds, and dry indoor air all conspire to suck the moisture out of skin during the winter months. Le Reve Rittenhouse Spa suggests to follow these simple steps daily to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.
6 Tips to Keep Your Skin Beautiful and Healthy This Winter:
1. Avoid taking long hot baths or showers during the winter months. Hot water can rob the skin of its moisture. Instead, use moderate-temperature water for shorter periods of time.
2. If you take a bath, add a few drops of essential oil to the water to help moisturize the skin. Jasmine, chamomile, ylang-ylang, neroli, lemon, geranium, rosemary, peppermint, clary sage can help balance not only skin, but your physical and emotional health in general.
3. Lubricate skin with essential oils or pure cocoa butter after showering or bathing. Cocoa butter is a natural alternative to petroleum-based moisturizers. Apply the oils or moisturizer to the skin when it’s slightly damp. That way, moisture becomes trapped in the skin rather than evaporating in the air.
4. Exfoliate dry skin with a gentle body scrub as often as needed. Two to three times weekly should be plenty. Grinding up one-half cup of pine nuts in a blender or food processor and mixing it with two tablespoons of light oil is a perfect homemade recipe. Rub the mixture all over your body in gentle circular motions, and rinse off.
5. Use a humidifier to keep moisture in your home and office air, or keep a bowl of water on your radiators to add moisture to the air. The higher the heat indoors, the less humidity there will be. (It’s the humidity that helps keep skin from drying out.)
6. Check the labels on your skincare products, and avoid toners and other products that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. Opt instead for products that contain less-drying astringent ingredients such as witch hazel.
Sometimes skin dryness is attributed to more than just a seasonal change. When it’s red, itchy, and irritated despite daily care, you may have a chronic skin condition. The most common ones—eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. And all are aggravated by stress. To help keep these skin conditions under control, practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi regularly. A study conducted that when added to a treatment regimen, meditation helped psoriasis clear up more quickly. Don’t forget, no matter how well you take care of your skin during the winter months, if you’re not eating the right foods your skin still won’t be soft, smooth, and healthy-looking. Drink at least nine cups of hydrating fluids daily (including water). Coffee, tea, and soda don’t count. Indulge in watery foods, such as soups—and avoid dry, crunchy, salty foods as often as possible. Dry foods may help further dehydrate the skin. Make sure you’re getting enough good fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in your diet. A diet that’s too low in fat will result in skin that’s lackluster, dry, and prone to chronic skin problems such as eczema.