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You’ve spent all summer looking after your skin to achieve a lovely glow. Your skin is healthy and has a smooth, dewy complexion. But winter is looming and you can almost feel your skin retracting in horror at the thought of the cold, harsh weather. Just to add to your worries, the heat that keeps you warm in your home and workplace will aggravate your skin even more. So what are you to do? Here, we’ll give you some must-follow tips on how to keep your skin healthy and glowing in winter and fight winter dryness.
Use a gentle cleanser
Now that winter is approaching, your skin needs a little extra help, which means switching to milder skincare products. Using normal soap on your skin, for example, can strip it of its natural oils. Choose a gentle cleanser instead. Look for one that’s fragrance-free as this will include more moisturizing ingredients. Fragrance-free is an important distinction to make from an unscented cleanser. The latter may actually be harmful to your skin, containing chemicals to counteract any fragrance, and ends up irritating your skin.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Keep your skin hydrated by locking in moisture with a moisturizer. For your face, use a lighter moisturizer during the day and be sure to choose the right type to suit your skin. At night, use an overnight cream for deep moisturization. Use a body lotion daily and be sure to apply it as soon as you’ve had a bath or shower. Don’t forget your lips — they need an extra boost too so use a lip balm to help them stay moisturized and prevent them from cracking.
Avoid hot showers
A long, hot shower is just what you want on a cold day but, unfortunately, this is damaging to your skin. The heat dries it out and can leave it flaky. If you already have dry or sensitive skin, this can aggravate it even more. Try to keep your showers as short as possible and lower the temperature to ensure the water is warm rather than hot.
Use a humidifier
Whilst it may be raining outside, the air in your home will be drier than normal when you have the heating switched on. To combat this, invest in a humidifier to put moisture back into the air. If you don’t want to run a humidifier all day or in every room, just put it in your bedroom overnight while you’re sleeping. The moisture created by the humidifier will help to keep your skin hydrated.
Avoid having the thermostat too high
As mentioned above, the heating in your home throughout winter reduces the moisture in the air. One way to stop the air from getting too dry is to lower the temperature on the thermostat. This, in turn, benefits your skin as it doesn’t dry as quickly as it does at a higher room temperature.
Drink plenty of water
As well as using external methods to help hydrate your skin, such as moisturizers and humidifiers, you can hydrate from the inside by drinking plenty of water. You might not feel as thirsty during the cold months as you do during the hot ones but it’s important to stay hydrated. Drinking water helps your body to get rid of toxins and, as a result, enhances your complexion. It also helps to reduce wrinkles on your face and achieve a healthy glow.
Eat a well-balanced diet
Fruits and vegetables are a great way to not only increase your water intake but to get vital minerals and vitamins. Soups and fruit juices are also good for both water and nutrients as far as your skin is concerned. Avoid eating sugary and processed foods, which can harm your skin, and eat foods rich in omega-3, which enhances the health of your cell membranes. This is found in fish, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as flax seeds, almonds and walnuts.
Wear the right clothing
The clothing you wear in winter also affects your skin. Rough or non-breathable material can irritate your skin and dry it out. Choose clothes made from breathable fabric that are soft to the touch, such as cotton. Heavier and warmer clothing can be worn over top of that. Don’t forget to wear gloves to protect your hands too. If you get wet while outside, change into dry clothes as soon as you can as wet clothes cause skin irritation.
A new skincare secret
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At Elan Healthcare, we know how important it is to give your skin an extra boost during winter to help retain its healthy glow. From watching what you eat and drink to using good skincare products and adopting a different skincare routine, there are easy ways to do this. Combine all of the tips we’ve given you above to ensure your skin is kept healthy and glowing in winter.
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