Winter is the most wonderful time of the year, except for our skin. As soon as the weather gets cold, I feel like I turn into an alligator. My skin becomes extremely dry to the point where it cracks and bleeds, especially my hands. Sounds gross, I know. The cold air combined with the heater constantly running sucks the moisture out of our skin. To keep your skin healthy and hydrated this winter, follow these tips:
1. Water: Nix the hot drinks and drink plenty of water! In order to hydrate our skin, we need to make sure we are drinking at least 6 cups of water a day. The cold temperatures may tempt us to drink a lot of coffee and tea, but that will only end up dehydrating our skin. Opt for a warm honey lemon water drink instead!
2. Humidifier: When the heat is on in my house, I can feel my skin dry up. Put a humidifier in your room to help bring moisture back in the air. This will also help with stuffy noses.
3. Warm showers: A hot shower may be tempting on a cold day, but that will only dry your skin out more. When taking showers, making wudu, or washing your hands, use lukewarm water. Also, don’t take a shower for longer than ten minutes!
4. Exfoliate: Use an exfoliating body wash or scrub when taking a shower and a gentler exfoliator for your face once a week. This will help get rid of the layers of dead skin so the moisturizer can penetrate better.
5. Mask: Apply a mask once a week. We love our Lush masks but you can also DIY it with these household items that have excellent hydrating properties:
- Half an avocado, half a banana, and an egg yolk
- 2 tbsp honey mixed with 1 tbsp olive oil. Apply warm.
- 1 tbsp yogurt, 1 tbsp honey, and 1/2 of an avocado/banana
Leave on for 10-15 min and rinse off with lukewarm water!
6.Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!: As soon as you step out of the shower, apply a moisturizer to your body. As soon as you are done making wudhu, apply a facial moisturizer. Making wudhu five times a day doesn’t help our hands and face in winter, but the key is to moisturize right away. Don’t forget your lips! For hands and feet, apply a thick moisturizer or coconut oil and sleep with gloves or socks on. This will help trap the moisture and your skin will feel as soft as a baby’s when you wake up!