Winter can have an influx of harsh and unpredictable weather. The temperatures and humidity levels drop and it can be brutal on our skin. Dry, itchy, flaky, chapped, irritated, cracked and even bleeding skin is a sure thing during the winter season, but there are steps we can take to lessen the impact.
Get a Humidifier
A humidifier will disperse a water mist throughout your home adding the needed moisture our body needs. Dry air outside and artificial heat inside the home can significantly affect our skin, throat and sinuses. A scratchy, itchy throat and a running, bleeding congested nose can be avoided just by using a humidifier during the evening. Our skin will also feel softer and smoother with this extra moisture permeating our homes. Just like humans, pets can also be affected by dry air. The extra moisture will alleviate their dry itchy skin as well.
Use Lukewarm Water
Steamy hot showers and baths feel soothing and cozy on cold days, but they will also dry your skin out. Hot water removes our skins natural oils, making it look tired, rough and aged. Lukewarm water, on the other hand, is hydrating and warming to the body.
Most of us do not drink enough water during the winter. Dehydration will have a huge impact on our skin and even our health. Drinking the necessary 8 – 10 daily glasses of water will moisturize and add a healthy glow to our skin. It also improves digestion and circulation, prevents constipation and removes toxins.
Eating a healthy diet rich with moisture content foods are going to have a positive effect on our skin and your body. Some of the highest water content foods are strawberries, celery, apples, watermelon, oranges, pineapple, berries, cucumber, peaches and lettuce. You’ll feel better, have smoother bowel movements and your skin will be supple.
A steaming hot bowl of soup on a frosty day is very welcoming. Brothy soups filled with lots of hearty nourishing vegetables will hydrate your body, keep you warm and full. It’s also a great way to get your family to eat more veggies.
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We all have our skin care regime down pact, but during the winter we may want to modify it. It’s suggested we use cream based cleansers and discontinue using any astringents and products that contain alcohol or fragrance.
The dry weather demands we apply a rich moisturizer often, especially on our hands. A good quality organic moisturizer will lock in skin’s natural moisture, fight dryness and protect your skin from the environment.
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