Why does yours skin dry out when its cold?
The colder temperatures and reduced humidity of the winter period is terrible for your skin which will get dry and often itchy as a result, even if you don’t have a skin condition. The harsh weather depletes your skin of moisture which needs to be replaced if you are to continue looking healthy and radiant. This is a particular problem where there is snow and biting cold.
You should avoid using petrolatum based moisturizers and mineral oils, as they will block the pores in your skin and prevent natural respiration from taking place. Your skin does need looking after however. You should think of it as your largest organ (which it is) which needs to be cared for. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural remedies that you can make use of to keep your skin tight, bright and healthy.
The first thing you should do is check your hands. Are they smooth and soft or are they hard and flaky? If they are the latter then you probably aren’t getting quite enough omega 3. Animal based fats such as krill oil, which can be taken through a simple capsule, can help in this regard.
Here are a few hints to help keep your skin feeling smooth during those cold winter months.
Make sure to have a healthy diet
A healthy diet is one of the best ways of ensuring healthy skin. In the winter time, when there are fewer fresh fruits around seasonally, is traditionally the time when skin struggles. It is therefore even more important to make a conscious effort to eat well. Firstly, you should eat vegetables that are fresh and preferably local and organic. Next, you should avoid sugars and processed foods. If you eliminate sugars from your diet you will rapidly notice an improvement in your complexion. The trans fats found in processed foods have a detrimental effect on your skin.
Use coconut oil
You should apply plenty of coconut oil as a moisturizer. It is a powerful anti-ager and restores the tissues in skin. It also helps to exfoliate outer layers of dead skin cells and is also an antioxidant, due to its resistance to oxidation and formation of free radicals.
Avoid using soap
Soap will dry your skin even more. Try to limit the amount you use.
It is vital that you keep drinking plenty of water through the winter months to keep your skin hydrated.
Some options for natural body butters
In addition to coconut oil, the following would do really well as a natural body butter to renew your skin:
- Cocoa Butter
- Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Jojoba Oil
Try to focus principally on your face and hands but you should make sure to look after your whole body. Winter can be harsh. Wrap up warm but also, don’t forget about your skin!