Winter weather brings with it cold, harsh wind and dry indoor air. With these come dry skin, at least for most of us. Wintertime dry skin can be hard to deal with. Also, as our skin ages, it becomes more and more prone to being dryer in winter.
There are a number of ways to combat the dry skin wintertime may bring. Here are a few.
This may seem obvious, but it bears mentioning, mainly because it’s one I personally tend to forget to do as regularly as I should. Slather yourself up with moisturizer after a shower. Rub some in after you wash your hands. Keep some handy throughout the day to manage into your hands when they are feeling especially dry. (My favorite moisturizer right now is Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Lotion.)
Keep a humidifier running in your home. If you heat your home with wood, this is essential. With any kind of heating system, it is important to keep the air in your home humidified throughout the winter months. Your skin will not be as dry, and it will help keep dry eyes and sinuses at bay as well. (This is the humidifier we use.)
Drink plenty of water. Hydrating on the inside will help keep the outside (your skin) from being too dry as well. Hydration is extremely important for our overall health and wellbeing, yet most people do not drink nearly enough water.
To know if you’re drinking enough, calculate half your body weight in ounces. For instance, if you weight 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces of water a day. That’s a lot of water, and that’s only a starting point—a number to aim for. Ideally, you should be drinking even more than that.
Some results of drinking enough water could be: clear, hydrated skin, more energy, weight loss, and fewer cravings. Try drinking more water and see what happens.
Wintertime dry skin can be a challenge, but these strategies can help combat it.
Do you have any tips for dealing with dry skin? If so, please leave a comment and share them. I’d love to hear more ideas for how to keep dry skin at bay this winter!
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