If you live anywhere where it gets to under 40 degrees in the winter, you’ll understand the pain of your skin drying out. Dry patches and flakey skin aren’t a quick fix, so it’s important to take care of the problem before it happens. Here are a few ways to avoid dry skin:
1. Drink lots of water
.. duh. It’s always important to drink tons and tons of water. But cutting out sugary beverages and replacing them with water can do a lot for the texture and suppleness of your skin, especially in the winter. Try to cut back on coffee as much as you can as that dries out your skin too. Skincare is a lot more than what you put on your face, so be sure to hydrate from the inside out.
2. Eat the right food
Once again, hydrate from the inside out by eating these foods high in water content. Eat more cucumbers, celery, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, spinach, etc. If you’re not a big fruit/veggie fan, try juicing them or throwing them in a smoothie.
3. Take shorter and cooler showers
Doesn’t sound like fun, but instead of taking your time in a long steamy shower, turn the temperature down a little and keep it short! Hot showers will really dry out your entire body. Pharrell Williams takes cold showers and has the best skin ever so I think we all should start to.
4. Moisturize right after you shower
Applying your favorite moisturizing product right after you shower can prevent some of the water from evaportating off of your skin. Use a thicker moisturizer or a body butter on places that tend to get the most dry like your hands, knees, and elbows.
5. Use a humdifier
To add moisture back into the air that we lose when we blast the heat, get yourself a humidifier! They’re not too expensive and will also help your skin not dry out this winter. You can also put a few drops of your favorite essential oils in there and get the whole room smelling good.
6. Simplify your skincare
Don’t use any products that contain alcohol on your face or anything that contains antibacterial agents on your hands. Both of these can be super drying and are not necessary for your everyday routine.
Apply some of these tips in your daily routine and see how they work for you!