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Baby, it’s cold outside...

Harsh, cold winds and temperatures with dry air tend to sap skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and stressed. Suddenly, that glowy complexion you worked so hard to maintain, is nothing but a distant memory. Your face and body are dry, rough, and irritated and depending on the severity of the weather outside, your skin can even flake, crack, or erupt into hives or eczema.

With the cold season here, this is the perfect time to begin changing your daily habits to prevent dry, chapped skin. While staples like a healthy diet and good quality sleep are crucial for a healthy skin, making a few skincare changes can help you manage the discomfort of dry skin and keeping your skin feeling silky smooth. Here are a few handy tips to help you prep for cold weather epidermal enemies.

 1. Change up your shower routine

We know, we know; hot water feels great during the cold weather and soaking in a hot bath can be absolutely blissful in the cold weather. Unfortunately, this will play havoc with your skin. Hot scalding water strips away natural oils and dilates your blood vessels causing your skin to lose moisture. To avoid sucking the moisture out of your skin, bathe or shower in lukewarm water. Taking shorter showers or baths will also allow just enough of moisture into your skin.

2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

When your skin is dry, itchy and irritated, the logical solution would be to moisturize. Use a moisturizer that hydrates your skin daily. Use moisturizers with natural, hydrating ingredients like coconut oil or jojoba oil to help soothe dry, itchy skin. Moisturize daily after taking your showers – while the skin is still damp – to help seal in moisture. 

Happy skin, happy life.

3. Exfoliate

It is pretty easy to overlook exfoliating during the cold weather because we spend most of the time covered up. However, not exfoliating can make a dry skin problem worse. Gentle exfoliation at least once a week will help you get rid of dry and dead skin from your cheeks and forehead. Exfoliate your face, hands and lips regularly during the cold season and this will allow your moisturizer to soak in better. However, do not go overboard; your skin takes a lot of damage from the weather outside, and scouring it too much, will increase wear and tear, doing more harm than good.

4. Invest in a humidifier

As the heat in your home, as well as your car or office, tends to dry out your already parched skin, investing in a humidifier will pump the much-needed moisture back into the air around you. A humidifier will replace some of that lost moisture in the air and prevent your skin from drying out.

5. Sunscreen for all seasons

As any modern lady, I think you already know the importance of daily sunscreen at this point. So when it comes to the cold weather, don’t skimp on it! The UV rays are just as strong during the cold weather as they are when it’s sunny. Always coat your complexion with a moisturizing sunscreen and remember to wear protective clothing. Just make sure the product offers at least, SPF 30 protection.

6. Keep cool and stay hydrated

Even though drinking water does not directly moisturize your skin, it helps in keeping your body cells in top working order. This, in turn, reflects on your skin. Staying hydrated will also help flush toxins out of your body thus preventing your skin from breaking out.

How do you prepare your skin for the cold weather? Share your tips with us…