For many women, dry heat from radiators and strong winter winds bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of their faces, hands and feet. They can also lead to increased irritation and redness.
Following are 5 tips that can keep the skin glow during winter months.
1. Stay hydrated and moisturized
Hydration plays a key role in helping your skin stay young looking in the winter. So drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and soda because these drinks can cause dehydration. You can also cook with olive oil so that you are hydrated from the inside out.
At the same time, you can use a cream or lotion-based cleanser, applying it in an upward and outward motion to stay moisturized. However, to add more moisture to your skin, you should choose the oil-based moisturizer because the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
Moreover, you can use a humidifier in the bedroom, which can help keep your skin from over-drying and clear sinuses in cold weather.
2. Avoid baths that are too hot
Avoiding using very hot water on your skin during your shower is vital to keep your skin looking radiant in the winter months. You should use tepid water for your short bath because it will not strip your skin of moisture as severely as hot water.
3. Don’t forget your SPF
It is cold outside doesn't mean you can skimp on the sun protection. In fact, the sun can be even stronger and harsher on your skin in the winter than it is during the summer. Therefore, it is always important for you to keep your skin protected from the sun by applying a moisturizer with an SPF 15 daily.
4. Exfoliate lightly
Another step in a winter skin care routine is exfoliating, which helps to remove and slough off the dead skin cells so that you can get to the new and fresh, dewy skin cells. Exfoliating lightly will also brighten your skin, letting the moisturizer penetrate better so that you can stay soft and smooth all season long.
5. Feed your skin
Eating a healthy diet is probably the easiest way to help your skin glow from the inside out. You should include oily fish like salmon and tuna in your meals because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help boost your skin’s collagen production. You should also snack on nuts and seeds because they are high in zinc to prevent rashes and unwanted skin irritations. In addition, you should consume more spinach and avocados to protect against UV rays and cell damage. What’s more, foods that are rich in vitamin C should be added to your diet to help stave off wrinkles.