dry skin during winter, looking after your skin

Looking after your skin during the harsh winter months

During the summer months plenty of lecturing goes on about looking after your skin by wearing an SPF lotion and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. The result, for most of us, is that we look pretty darn good all summer. Later on when the plummeting temperatures and harsh winds of winter settle in, many of us aren't so well prepared and spend months suffering with chapped lips and dry skin. I know that by February my legs start to take on the appearance of a scaly fish, and are also often itchy and sore.

dry skin during winter, looking after your skin

There is no reason, however, why your skin can't look as good in the winter as it does in the summer -- as long as you're prepared to look after it, that is. This piece recommends concentrating on what you put in your body, as what you eat will be reflected by how you look on the outside. According to the article, a diet full of fish, beans, nuts, whole grains, leafy green veggies and flax seed oil (which is full of Omega-3 fatty acids), will help ensure your face -- and the rest of your body -- continues to look fresh during weeks of nasty weather.

Naturally though, there are a number of ways to take care of you skin that have nothing to do with what you're eating. Some of the tips on winter skincare listed here include:

  1. Dress in layers when it's cold out so that as you heat up from physical activity or finding a warm spot indoors, you can peel off unnecessary clothing and maintain a comfortable temperature. If you're too hot, you will sweat, and that sweat will end up trapped close to your skin, making you itchy and red.
  2. As appealing as it may be to come out of the cold into a steaming hot shower or bath, excessive hot water will dry out your skin even further. It's best to stick to a shorter, warm-water bathing routine. The piece also recommends applying body lotion all over while you're still a bit damp, in order to keep away the scaly look.
  3. Continue to wear a lotion or moisturizer with SPF. Just because it's cold doesn't mean the sun can't still do some serious damage to your skin, so it's important to remember to put on sunscreen before you leave the house even when the weather is chilly. It's also a good idea to buy a lip balm with SPF to soothe chapped lips.
  4. Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Your face and hands will take the brunt of the nasty weather as they're most often exposed to it. Applying lotion to your face and hands only once or twice a day will likely not be enough to keep both from getting dry, chapped and itchy. If you tend to break out, it may be a good idea to see a dermatologist who can recommend the best type of moisturizer for your skin.

These are just some of the various tips on keeping skin looking great in winter that are listed in the article, which you can see in its entirety here. The piece also lists what to look for when it comes to finding the best winter lotions, creams and moisturizers, as well as hand, foot and lip treatments. If you really want to have fabulous skin throughout the winter months, follow these suggestions for both your inside as well as your outside and I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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