Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and how you take care of it determines how good you look, feel and gives you a positive outlook towards life. We are now in our cold season, and while we are freezing and trying to make sure we keep warm, we may forget to take care of our skin.
The cold and wind can dry out your skin. If you don’t take care of your skin, your skin can get itchy, or chap or even crack. By taking care of your skin, even in the cold season, you can keep your skin looking good even in the cold. Here are tips you can use all year around. Also, make sure to use these skin care tips that compliment the tips below, and some of them which overlap the tips here.
1. Take healthy fats and Omega 3s
Your skin needs fat to be healthy, supple and flexible so you need to eat foods with natural fats. Eat whole foods which naturally are filled with fats, things like eggs, lean meats like fish or omena, turkey or beef, avocados, nuts, chia seeds, and yoghurt and cheese. You can also use fats like olive oil, and coconut oil, and you can also take supplements for cod liver oil or flaxseed oil. Generally, eat a lot of healthy fats and make sure you are getting enough Omega 3 in your diet.
2. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits
For your skin to stay healthy and moisturized, your skin needs vitamins and minerals, like vitamin A, C and E, Zinc and selenium. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which help fight free radical damage and ageing, and salts which help you retain water, and stay more hydrated. But you need to be careful about sugar in fruit as it can create inflammation and be hard on your body and skin.
3. Use Bio Oil as a moisturizer
Bio oil is hypoallergenic and non-acnegenetic, which makes it suitable for all skin types. Bio Oil will replenish the skin’s natural oils that have been stripped away by the chilly weather and it contains PurCellin Oil, vitamin A, vitamin E, lavender, calendula, rosemary oil and chamomile. You can add a few hydrating drops to your daily lotion as a booster. It is very easy for dry skin to get scars. Using Bio Oil regularly not only ensures that your skin is never dry but also reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes. Also, make sure you moisturize your lips. Bio Oil is also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block your pores and lead to more annoying spots. Product Review: Can Bio Oil Improve Skin Health?
People don’t drink a lot of water when it is cold because they think it is not necessary. When it is cold you pee a lot and it is important to drink enough water to stay hydrated. Here are tips on staying hydrated during cold weather – The Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Exercise is important as it increases your circulation which is important for your skin as it delivers nutrients, clears your pores and helps to warm you up as well.
6. Don’t leave your skin exposed
Make sure you cover up your skin, as it protects you from elements that sap moisture from your skin.
7. Use mild soap
A lot of soaps, especially deodorant and antibacterial soaps, can irritate your skin and make it break out as it compromises your natural moisture barrier. Use coconut oil, palm oil or olive oil soaps, that doesn’t have other ingredients. Wash your face with water and don’t use soap on your face unless you must remove sunscreen or makeup, and if you have to cleanse your skin, use coconut oil.
8. Protect your skin from the sun
Because it’s cold doesn’t mean that the sun can’t damage your skin. UVA rays still penetrate through and age your skin. You should still use sunscreen to protect your skin.
Synthetic fibres can irritate dry, cold-sensitive skin. Wear natural fibres. Also sleep with socks if the skin on your feet is damaged or cold. Before you put on the socks, you should moisturize your skin. This protects them from moisture loss and rubbing against the sheets. Fashion: How To Stay Warm And Still Look Stylish
10. Limit your exfoliation and avoid alcohol-based skincare products
Don’t over-exfoliate your skin during the cold season and don’t use products that have alcohol as it can really dry out your skin.
If your skin is dry, you should use a hydrating mask or use a homemade mask. Use ingredients that add moisturizing ingredients like egg yolk, avocado, coconut, olive oil, and yoghurt. Skincare: The Homemade Face Mask That Will Change Your Life
12. Don’t bath with hot water.
You need to shower with lukewarm water. Hot water dries out skin, even if it makes you feel so much better. If you must, make sure you moisturize immediately after.