With terrible cold, strong winds and gloomy rain, it’s hard to keep your skin under control during the winter. Cold weather can cause skin to be scaly, dry, red and inflamed. Not just on the face. Who hasn’t experienced dry skin on their hands or chapped lips? Rough finger joints are especially awful. However, we are here to tell you that it is very possible to keep your complexion healthy during the winter months. All you need is help and useful knowledge on how to properly care for your skin.
Despite the fact that it is cold and cloudy outside, you still have to wear sunscreen every day. Although there is slightly less UVB in winter, UVA levels are still significant enough to age our skin. Not to mention, UVB rays are the ones that stimulate vitamin D production, which means levels can drop in the winter months. If necessary, you can supplement with vitamin D3. In any case, just because it’s cloudy outside or not too sunny doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen. In fact, approximately 80% of UV rays pass through clouds.
Avoid odors and alcohol in products
When choosing a facial cleanser, make sure there are no odors or alcohol on the list of ingredients. These things can seriously irritate and dry out the skin. Of course, when your skin is already dry and red, this is the last thing you want. Choose a cleanser based on dry skin cream. If you have oily skin, use a stronger cleanser than in the summer, but don’t overdo it. Excessive use of heavy ingredients can be just as bad for the skin.
Drink lots of water
Since it is cold outside, we forget to drink as much water as we should during the day. However, winter is when low humidity most likely takes away our skin from moisture. Keep in mind to drink water all day and make sure you stay properly hydrated. If you want something more comforting, go for hot tea!
Eat healthy fats
If you happen to love avocados, you’ll be excited to hear this. In winter, eating healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil and walnuts has been shown to help maintain supple and healthy skin. Healthy fats are essential for maintaining a healthy looking face and hands and preventing them from drying out too much in the cold winter months.
We’ve all heard that vitamin C is key to keeping the immune system running smoothly, but it’s good for much more than that. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for maintaining the radiant appearance of the skin. It helps the skin grow new cells and heals, which is exactly what you need to look taut and radiant. When shopping for groceries, reach for foods such as kale, tomatoes, red peppers and oranges to make sure you are getting enough vitamin C on a daily basis.
Get a good sleep
One of the most important things for glowing skin is sleep. Deep sleep is one of the best things you can do for your skin and overall health. When you sleep, your body repairs all your systems – including your skin. As you probably know, the skin is the largest organ in the body. To really go more, eat a nut or two before bed. According to dermatologists, it could help improve sleep thanks to the antioxidants and omega nuts they contain.