During this time, our skin tends to loose a lot of moisture and dry up significantly. Because of the cold weather, harsh winds, and lack of moisture in the air, your skin is also suffering. But not to worry, with just a little TLC, I'll show you how to keep your skin moisturized in the winter! Not only that, but you can prevent it from ever drying up again. Here's how:
Best Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturized In The Winter
First off, it's important to know how your skin reacts in the winter. Because there is barely any moisture in the air, the dry air can wreak havoc on your skin, possibly making it crack as well! If you don't take proper care of your skin in the winter time, it can lead to some serious skin damage in the long run. But follow the steps below, and you'll be on your way to silky, smooth skin in no time!
You can pile on all the moisturizer you want if your skin isn't exfoliated. All that will happen is that you'll clog your pores and risk breaking out. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells that lay on our skin. If they are not removed, you're not doing anything at all when you apply moisturizer. So start by exfoliating once a week! You can make your own exfoliator, or buy one (but making your own is so much better and cheaper!). While in the shower, scoop up a small amount of exfoliant and rub in slow, circular motions against your skin. Rinse off, pat dry, and apply a thick “winter” lotion…not one of those cheap, runny ones.
#2. Invest in a Good Moisturizer
Usually in the winter I like to switch up my moisturizer for a body butter. You can learn how to make your own body butter, or purchase one. But the bottom line is this: body butters are much thicker and therefore, work much better in the dry winter air. So save your thin moisturizer for the summer days, and stock up on body butter in the winter!
#3. Save Your Heels
If you have dry, cracked heels, have I got a solution for you! First, start by using a pumice stone on your feet to remove all those dead skin cells. Then, pat dry, and apply a really thick moisturizer. Put socks on immediately and sleep with them on! Do this every day for a week, and you'll notice a major difference! Alternatively, you can click here and see other heel saving solutions too!
#4. Avoid Hot Water
There is nothing like a really hot bath or shower in the cold winter months, but unfortunately, all that hot water is making your skin even drier. Instead, go for warm as much as possible. Your skin doesn't like the intense difference between super cold and super hot, so try to keep that in mind. Plus, you're removing all the healthy, moisturizing oils that are on your skin.
#5. Protect Your Skin
You may not always feel it, but your skin does! Next time you get out of the house, make sure you're wearing gloves and a scarf. Basically, try to have as much skin covered up as possible, It's super important to protect your skin from the elements, and the more you do that, the more your skin will thank you in the end!
#6. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Apply a thick moisturizer or body butter to your entire body after every shower…especially after exfoliating! If you don't do this, there is absolutely no way that your skin will stay nice and soft. In the winter, your skin simply NEEDS extra help from you.
And, that's all there is to it! Exfoliate once a week, use a good body butter, stay away from hot water, and protect your skin whenever possible. Follow these 6 golden rules and you'll never have dry skin again!
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