Cold dry winter air is not good for the skin. Dry air steals moisture away from the skin and without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding. If you have used topical moisturizers but they just don’t seem to help, use natural moisturizers instead.
Try these tips to reduce chapping, redness, itching and keep the skin more healthy and glowing during winter season.
While hot showers and baths feel good in winter, choose lukewarm water instead. This is to avoid stripping as much oil away from your skin.
Coconut oil, cocoa oil, chamomile, lavender and even olive oils can be used. Make sure to rub them gently on your skin completely.
Vitamins and Minerals Diet
Your diet is one of the very important thing to consider when taking care of your skin. Foods rich in vitamin A such as sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, liver and fishes helps reduce wrinkles, smooth out dryness and roughness and reduces dark brown spots. Foods rich in zinc such as lean beef, oysters, crabs, beans and chicken helps heal and rejuvenate the skin. Selenium-rich foods like shrimps, eggs, garlic and salmon helps protects the skin from tissue damage and also works as an antioxidant. Vitamin C rich foods helps fight free radicals and protects your skin from UV damage.
Hydrate from the Inside Out
Eating foods high in water content can help you rehydrate from the inside. Consume fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, apples, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Not only these are rich in vitamin C but also helps maintain the moisture your skin needs from the inside.
Hydrating masks can also provide the needed moisture during the winter months. There are hundreds of moisturizing masks available in the market however, they are a bit expensive and it would be a trouble if you run out at the last minute. No worries, you can create your own solution from stuffs you can find in your kitchen. You can use natural ingredients like avocado, honey, coconut and olive oil, bananas and yogurt are just some. Mix whichever you like together to create a cream or paste, apply to your skin evenly and leave for about 15-30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Not only these home-made natural moisturizers are essential during winter season but also for those who loves having a tan whether under the sun or those using self-tanners.