During the cold winter months, dry skin becomes a lot more common. If you have trouble fighting this issue during the winter season, check out these tips below to see how you can protect your skin from losing its moisture during the winter months.
Health Tips for Dry Winter Skin
Drink Water (and limit caffeine)!
Always stay hydrated. By drinking enough water each day, you can see a great benefit to fighting dry skin. Water helps to hydrate each cell and organ in the body, including the biggest organ in our system: our skin. Aim to drink about two litres of water each day, including herbal teas. Add freshly squeezed lemon for some extra vitamin C. Fresh fruits and vegetables also contain water, and can contribute to your total water intake.
Alternatively, caffeine is a diuretic, which will pull water and the nutrients from the body and contribute to dehydration. As a general rule, drink 1 glass of water for every cup of coffee.
Take Colder Showers
It might seem impossible to do during the winter, but by reducing the amount of heat in the shower, you can protect your skin from losing its moisture. With super high heat, the lipid barriers on your skin can actually begin to break, causing flakiness and dry spots.
Limit Conventional Products + Opt for Natural Beauty Products
Many products on the store shelves today have ingredients that can dry out the skin. To minimize the effect of this, you can try minimal, natural oils and butters like shea butter, cacao butter, argon oil, or jojoba oil. You can apply these natural oils to your face, lips, body and hair. We suggest trying these at night, before bed, to allow the oils to really sink into the skin. We also know that skincare is individualized, and not everyone benefits from the same product.
If you are looking for natural skincare, some brands that we love are: Dr. Bronners, Green Beaver, Carina Organics, Wild Craft Care and Province Apothecary.
Moisturize + Face Masks
Treat your skin to a nourishing facemask at least once a week. My favourite facemask includes one teaspoon of raw honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil. When you mix these two together and apply them on your face, leave it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it off with a lukewarm cloth. You can also add some other nutrient dense ingredients like aloe, spirulina or cacao.
Of course, skin health starts from within. So make sure that you are eating a well-balanced diet with enough healthy fats and colourful vegetables to support skin health. Include healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds and oils, as well as vitamin C-rich foods like berries, citrus and green vegetables is a great way to nourish from within!
I hope you can find these tips helpful this winter, and that you skin stays a bit more hydrated!
Comment below and let us know some of your healthy skin tips. Stay warm!