Fighting Winter Dryness
To all of our T+P gals East of the Mississippi, our hearts go our to you- it’s been one rough winter. It feels as if all you need to do to get to Narnia is hop on the next flight to the Midwest, et voila, the land of eternal winter. Here on the West Coast, it’s not so cold, but its equally as dry. That being said, here are some tips for staying moisturized this season:
Hydrate. I know, I know, you’ve heard it a million times, but ask any dermatologist, it’s really the number one thing you can do for your skin and body in the dryer months. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day makes a huge difference in your digestion, your skin elasticity, your hair, your metabolism, the list goes on and on. Concerned about having to get up to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes? Add a bit of fruit to your water, berries, cucumber, citrus, etc… The body registers that you are ingesting more than just liquid and processes the water more slowly, allowing you more time between bathroom breaks, and giving you a vitamin boost as well.
Use Oils, but be wary of which ones you put on your face. Oils are a great way to keep skin soft in the winter, from ingesting them through your food, to slathering them on warm skin after a shower. Just be careful which oils you choose to use on your face as many are can clog pores and cause break outs. Oils such as avocado, almond and coconut do not clog pores and are great for the skin. If you are especially prone to break-outs, use shea butter on your body only, as this heavy duty moisturizer can be too greasy for some faces.
Plug in the humidifier. One of the main causes of winter dryness isn’t necessarily the weather, its the kind of heat we use indoors. Gas heating is particularly drying, and sleeping with a humidifier plugged in next to the bed can work wonders for your skin as well as your breathing.
Turn down the water temperature. I know its super tempting to scald yourself in the shower every morning in a wild attempt to get as warm as possible before braving the outdoors (guilty as charged right here), but it’s really not good for your skin and hair. Intense heat breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which lead to dryness. You are better off taking a warm shower and staying in for a shorter period of time. Yeah… well, it’s worth a try, right?
What are some ways you’re staying moisturized this winter? Tell us, we want to know!
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