As the days become cold and the nights even colder, old man winter bears his not so wanted gifts of itchy skin, ashy elbows, and chapped lips upon his children of the world.
We have put together a short list of essential steps to take in order to battle old man winter and his not so great gifts…
Need I say more, exfoliation promotes healthy skin by cleaning dead skin cells and other debris from the pores. As the temperature drops, there’s less need to wash away the skin’s natural oils and when you don’t wash your face/skin, the pores become clogged and irritated.
No need to over exfoliate, as it removes healthy skin cells in addition to the dead ones. It is recommended to limit exfoliation to once a week immediately after a shower.
Psst…Here’s a great article on 10 DIY Exfoliators and Sugar Scrubs – So Good You Could Eat Them!
2. Quick warm showers
Although there is benefit to warm showers, long ones are a no no.
“Hot showers and baths can inflame the skin, causing redness, itching, and even peeling — similar to a sunburn — and can disrupt the skin’s natural balance of moisture, robbing you of the natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep skin healthy. Dry skin can increase your chances of infection and actually lead to an over production of oils in an effort to compensate for the lack of moisture.” –UPMC Department of Dermatology
The most common skin problem during winter is excessively dry and flaky skin. There are a number of factors that contribute to dry skin during the colder seasons due to lack of moisturization. According to American Skin Association here are a few Tips:
- Apply moisturizing creams, emollients, or ointment moisturizers several times a day. They are fundamental in treating dry skin because they reconstitute cutaneous hydro-lipidic film holding water in the skin. Cream moisturizers dissapear when applied and when rubbed into the skin and are the most popular of treatments. They protect damaged and sensitive skin while making the skin softer and smoother in addition to preserving natural skin lipids while limiting dehydration/ trapping and sealing water in the stratum corneum.
- Choose a non-alcohol-based moisturizer.
Here is a List of The 13 Best Vegan Moisturizers For Every Skin Type
Regular use of lip oil or lip balm can help keep your lips soft and moist. You should also avoid licking your lips to keep them hydrated.
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