Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and therefore, one of the most important for looks and for overall health! When it comes to harsh winter months, the skin can turn into an unattractive mass of scales and flakes if not taken care of properly.
Winter Skin Care Tips and Tricks
It is almost winter time, a seasonal time for good food, family gatherings and if you are lucky, snowman building and snowball fights. For many, though, winter is also a time for dry, itchy and flaky skin.
At this time of year, your body is trying to get used to the dryness in the air and the cold temperatures. In most cases, the skin is the main part that suffers the most, and, unfortunately, the damage is very hard to hide.
The good news is that you can prevent this winter skin damage from happening in the first place by using some of these easy tips and a little know how when it comes to taking care of your skin during the winter.
Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin
This is common sense to most of you, but sometimes it is quite hard to do, especially with a tight grocery budget. It seems like that the more healthy the food that you would like to buy, the more expensive it is.
Fortunately, fish is a somewhat an inexpensive food product at most grocery stores and can be consumed by most of the general population. What is so special about fish, especially salmon, is that they contain what is called Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
You can also get Omega 3’s from eating:
- soy nuts
- flaxseed (ground) and
- olive oil.
The Omega 3 Fatty Acids in these foods help your skin look and feel younger over a period of continued consumption. You will notice a glow in your cheeks and a smooth texture if you balance your diet with a consistent amount of these foods.
Is Water That Important for My Skin?
It is a common belief that drinking water will give you soft, supple skin over time. As said before, your skin, or epidermis, is the largest organ that is part of your body, and like any organ, if not lubricated properly by water, it will not function the way that it should when it is lubricated.
Water is essential for the overall well-being of every organ inside and outside of your body, and is, therefore, very important to your health. Did you know that water makes up more than half of your body weight? If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated which will lead to fatigue, dizziness and often time headaches. It is recommended to drink at least 6-8 8-ounce glasses of water each day in order to keep your health balanced and your overall appearance looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Hot Baths and Why You Should Not Take Them
An occasional, nice hot bath or shower after having a snow fight with your family outside may not seem harmful to you after coming inside from the freezing cold. It may feel good to you at the time, but afterward, don’t be surprised if you are itching all over from the excruciating dryness of your now stripped skin.
Hot water is just not a good thing for your skin to experience, especially when soap is involved. This combination will open your pores and strip your skin of its natural oils, which will cause greater damage when exposed to the winter elements afterwards.
Instead, take lukewarm or warm water baths or showers, pat dry and then lather on cream, lotion or body oil onto your damp skin. This will protect your vulnerable skin from getting dried out and itchy.
When it all comes down to it, moisturizing from the inside out is essential to creating and maintaining beautiful skin during the harsh winter months. If suffering from unusually dry or cracked skin from eczema or psoriasis, it may be a good idea to consult a medical professional.