Winter Skin Remedies

Winter weather is great for bundling up in cozy pajamas and sipping hot cocoa by the fire but it does wreak havoc on our skin.

During these months, our skin tends to get dry, itchy, and dull.

Some of us usually slather on the good cold creams and body butters to moisturize dry skin and we often overlook ways enhance our skin care routine for the winter months.

Here are some winter skin remedies that will have you glowing and hydrated in no time!

WASH IN LUKEWARM WATER

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the cool winter months but to avoid stripping away natural oils in the skin, choose lukewarm water to wash your hands, face and body.

SWITCH UP YOUR CLEANSER

Look for a moisturizing cleanser rather than a soap.
Try to avoid formulas labelled as antibacterial as these tend to contain alcohol which can dry out the skin even more.
A great fragrance-free and soap-free cleanser is Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.
It cleanses without irritation, protects the skin’s natural protective oils and natural pH level to moisturize and soothe sensitive skin and it’s gentle enough to be used as a makeup remover.

EAT RIGHT

Winter means cold season, and when your immunity drops so does your skin’s healthy glow.
Take care of yourself internally with immunity building foods rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Zinc - foods like berries, spinach and nuts.
Not only will these ingredients boost your immunity but they will also give your skin the necessary nutrients to function and look great.

OIL UP

If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know I say this all the time, don’t be afraid to use oils on your face! The right facial oils can have a beneficial healing effect on your skin internally and externally.
When choosing an oil to use on the face, look for “minimally processed”, “cold pressed”, “organic” oils.
These can help heal scars, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and allow your skin to seal in moisture to prevent dehydration.
Whether you are oily, dry or dealing with acne, facial oils will benefit you tremendously. 
For Oily, acne-prone skin, use coconut oil, or grapeseed blended with essential oils like tea tree or lavender.
For Dry skin, use jojoba, olive oil and rose essential oil.
For Irritated or sensitive skin, try Jojoba Oil with essential oils like chamomile or calendula.

EXFOLIATE

In the winter months, skin can get especially dry and dull.
It is extremely important to exfoliate the skin.
Sloughing off dead skin cells sends a message for the skin to produce more collagen and regenerate new skin cells.
Skin will look bright and fresh after exfoliating, and it will feel better too.
They key with exfoliating is not to be too harsh.
You want to gently rub product into your face in circular motion then rinse with lukewarm water.

IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

Winter weather usually includes low humidity levels and this can leave your skin feeling tight and itchy. Bringing a humidifier into your home is a great way to bring moisture back into your environment and you can add your favorite essential oils!


How do you keep your skin hydrated in the winter months?


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~Jennifer


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