Prevent Winter Skin
Winter is upon us, which can mean dry, itchy, chapped skin. For some people winter can change everything about the look and feel of their skin while for others nothing might change. A little effort and care can be the difference that your skin needs to show you its better, healthier side.
As a result you might have to change your routine up to compensate for the lack of moisture in the cold air, and for the amount of time we spend inside with heaters on full blast.
What Causes Winter Skin?
Lack of moisture in cold air, exposure to heaters and thick irritable clothing are the major causes of itchy dry skin in winters. Itchy dry skin is a very common during the cold winter months when skin becomes dehydrated and irritated, it loses its flexibility and begins to crack and itch.
The winter can be brutal, especially for your skin. The dry heat from radiators zaps moisture and the cold strips away your skins natural oils. Chapped lips and dry skin don’t necessarily have to be a way of life during the colder months. There are some easy ways to rejuvenate your skin by adding to its softness and suppleness.
Eat plenty of essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly omega-3 (found in avocado and oily fish) and omega-6 (found in nuts, wholegrains and flaxseed oil), which keep skin hydrated and clarified.
Avoid dehydration by drinking eight to 10 glasses of water daily and minimising your intake of caffeinated drinks and alcohol."
Use natural or herbal moisturisers. Avoid chemical based lotions. It should contain ingredients that help keep the water in the skin. Keep in mind that a lotion or a cream is best for dry skin, which is especially common in winter months. Apply a Boroplus after showering or bathing, since skin is more vulnerable after it is clean. The sooner you moisturise, the better.
Use a humidifier to replace the moisture lost from the air by heaters. Place a bowl of water in the corner of each room to compensate for moisture loss.