It’s winter. It’s dry. Chances are, you are trying your hardest to keep your skin from looking rough and scaly. Moisturizing with lotion and cream is the go to product for keeping your skin from going flakey in the winter. But, if you want your skin to go the distance this winter try these five tips.
Why Is My Skin S0 Dry?
It’s normal for your skin to feel drier during the winter months. The main culprit is the lack of water in the atmosphere. There is a relatively low humidity percentage during the winter months compared to warmer months. When the humidity is high, water is in the atmosphere. That water acts as a weight on your skin, slowing down the evaporation of water from deep inside your skin (this water reserve keeps the skin dewy and healthy) . However, when the winter comes and the humidity drops below 40%, the skin and lips tend to suffer. Thus, these five tricks can help you combat dry skin during cold weather.
Cut Back On Excessive Amounts Of Caffeine, Alcohol
Staying true to my skin care style, we are going to start from what you are putting in your body to address what may be contributing to your skin’s dryness. Starting with caffeine and alcohol, which are two major dehydrating elements that pull water from your skin and cause dryness.
Although coffee has it’s perks, aka beneficial antioxidant properties, consuming more than 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day can really muck up your hydration levels and fluid balance. Here is how it happens. The consumption of 6mg of caffeine a day stimulates the output of urine causing you to lose water. With that said, if you’re consuming 1 cup of coffee day, studies show that you’re not going to be negatively effected.
Alcohol has the same effects on the skin. It stimulates urine output causing an acute loss of water. Alcohol also has the added effect of damaging the liver, so I would really try to limit alcohol intake if your wanting to maintain glowing healthy skin.
Get Off Diuretic Types of Medication
Medication is a tough element to cut back on. Clearly, if you need medication to address an important health issue within your body. Do not get off your meds in return for beautiful skin. It’s not worth it. Last year I caught a staph infection on my lips. It was painful and looked awful. After trying every type of antibacterial homeopathic method, the infection persisted and I had to get an antibiotic prescription as well as a steroid. Within two days on the meds, I have never felt my skin feel so dry. I was applying creams and butters to my skin two to three times a day. Nothing really helped. My skin returned to its natural state a few days after I completed my course of antibiotics. Although I am a big proponent of healing and staying balanced the natural way, if you have an acute medical issue that needs pharma assistance, just get the meds. Inform yourself of the side effects. Do your best to help heal yourself in the process.
Kick the “Fat Free” Diet Fad to The Curb
Fats are good for you. Fats are really good for your skin. Many years ago women, especially menopausal women, had eliminated fats from their diets altogether to stay trim. Was it a smart move? In some respects it was. Eliminating saturated fats from your diet was a heart healthy choice. Unfortunately, with the elimination of saturated fats came the elimination of essential fatty acids. We need essential fatty acids in our diet because our bodies can not function without them, especially the essential fatty acid, Omega 3. Fats are oily. Oil lays on top of water. So, getting enough essential fatty acids into your diet will help keep hydration levels stable. If your over 40, you probably need to maintain healthy, hydrated skin. Organic pumpkin seeds, sardines and organic flax seed oil are good sources of essential fatty acids.
Just Say No To Surfactants In Facial Cleansers
That foaming up of skin cleanser we have all become used to is drying out your skin. The overuse of surfactants strip your skin of its natural oil supply causing an imbalance. Your skins response is usually dryness and or over production of oil. Try using a balm or an oil during the winter months. I usually, apply a nut butter like shea mixed with manuka essential oil for anti bacterial properties, massage it into my skin and then wipe it off with a really warm cloth. My skin feels soft, moisturized and not dry and tight.
Add A Drop Or Two Of Organic Omega 3 Oil To Your Facial Lotion Or Creme
Supplementing your lotion and creme with an organic viscus oil works super well. I prefer staying in the Omega 3 oil category because they do not cause skin breakouts. But, if you are really suffering, a nice organic avocado oil or carrot oil works super well too. I usually put a drop or two in my hand and mix it with my lotion.
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Low Humidity Percentage: When air at a certain temperature can contain only half the water vapor it is capable of holding at that temperature, low humidity is considered 40 percent or below.
Diuretic: any substance that increases the occurrence of urine
Surfactant: a substance used to remove dirt from the skin. It breaks down the interface between water and oils and/or dirt.
Essential Fatty Acid: Fatty acids that cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained through food; linoleic and alpha-linolenic