5 Easy Ways to Prevent Dry Winter Skin
Does your skin respond to the changing seasons? If so, you probably noticed that your skin often seems to get drier and flakier in the colder winter months. That's because our skin can become dry, red, chapped, easily irritated and portray visible signs of ageing as the temperature changes. And it's not just the skin on your face, but also your hands, feet, and other areas exposed to the elements.
But it doesn't mean you need to surrender your skin and wait for the warmer months to arrive. Instead, you can take easy steps to help your skin retain sufficient moisture and keep it feeling and looking healthy, even when the temperature plummets and there's no escape from winter's dry, cold air.
But first, a short explanation about our skin:
Our skin has three layers, each with a distinct role.
The most inner layer, the subcutaneous fat, provides insulation, energy storage, and shock absorption.
The middle layer is the dermis, which contains blood vessels, nerves, sweat, oil glands, and hair follicles.
The top layer, the epidermis, is the skin's main protective barrier and is the layer where drying occurs. Our epidermal skin cells are like an arrangement of roof shingles held together by our natural oils that keep our skin cells flat, smooth, and in place. In winter, the cold, dry wind, low humidity and drying effects of indoor heat pull water from the surface of our skin, leaving the "shingles" loose and unstable. The drying of the skin accelerates when our natural oils are removed by over-cleansing and scrubbing using soap and hot water. This can lead to roughness, flaking, itching, burning sensation, cracking, and sometimes bleeding.
So what can you do to maintain skin health?
1. Keep baths and showers short and lukewarm, avoid vigorous scrubbing and replace drying soaps with oil cleansers.
We all love a good, long, hot shower or bath, as well as a scrub that makes us feel rejuvenated and super clean. But we need to remember that the combination of hot water, soap and vigorous scrubbing is excellent for removing dirt and fat from our dishes but not so great for our skin.
For your body-
Use lukewarm water and keep your bathing time to a minimum.
Avoid luffas, scrub brushes, commercial exfoliators or generic soaps, and use an oil cleanser instead. Yes, we were taught to use soap to remove dirt from our skin. But replacing soap with a soft damp washcloth soaked with a bit of body oil and using only a light touch will trap dirt and dead skin cells, allowing them to be rinsed without disrupting our natural oil barrier.
After a bath or shower, pat your skin dry with a towel to prevent mechanical damage to the skin.
For your face-
For healthy and well-balanced skin, you only need to cleanse your face in two steps:
First - wipe your face clean using the 'It's All Good' Micellar Water and a damp reusable bamboo/cotton pad. Micellar water is a gentle face product made of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. The micelles in the water are attracted to dirt and oil; therefore, they will draw out impurities and leave your skin clean, toned and hydrated.
Second - gently cleanse your face with a wet Konjac Sponge.
Konjac sponges are made out of vegetable fibres and are very soft and spongy to the touch when you add water to them. Konjac sponges gently glide on your skin, removing impurities and helping your skin retain its natural oils and moisture levels. This product is so gentle and safe that in Korea, it's used for bathing babies.
2. Moisturise your skin immediately after bathing.
Apply face oil/cream and body oil/cream immediately after bathing and washing your hands. It will help plug the spaces between your skin cells and seal in moisture while your skin is still damp.
If you are over 30 years old, consider using Hyaluronic Acid serums according to your skin type for extra face hydration and healthy glowing skin.
3. Protect your lips
Our lips are exposed to your surrounding elements year-round. But unlike most other areas of our skin, the lips contain no oil glands and cannot generate their own hydration. As a result, lips can become dehydrated and chapped more quickly than the rest of our skin. Supplying your lips with regular hydration using the 'It's All Good' Hemp & Tulsi Nourishing Lip Balm For Weather Protection will improve the skin's barrier function while creating a natural shield that protects your lips from the elements. In addition, this product keeps the moisture locked in and helps maintain soft and well-hydrated lips.
4. Hydrate from the inside
Did you know that even if you drink enough water during winter, it doesn't mean your body knows how to absorb it sufficiently? That can affect your metabolism and overall health, therefore affecting the appearance of your skin, making it appear dryer and wrinklier.
Your body needs more than just water for hydration. For your drink to be easily absorbed within the gut and to spread into the cells that need it most, it needs to have the right mix of water and electrolytes. The best electrolytes you can drink are 100% nature created NZ Fulvic acid. Fulvic acids are water-based electrolytes. Their chelating ability demonstrates that they can bond essential minerals and enhance the minerals for use by living organisms. Fulvic Acid Benefits and help regulate every system in our body. Skin wise, it generates many benefits, including promoting water absorption into the cells and protecting the collagen and elastin cells in the skin. This keeps the cells plump, bright, and hydrated. As a result, it prevents wrinkles and maintains a bright, smooth, youthful look. Protecting the collagen and elastin also retains strength in the skin, which will make it harder for wrinkles to form.
5. Eat natural fats
A Japanese study of 716 women found that those who ate a diet rich in saturated fat had significantly fewer wrinkles and better skin elasticity.
Saturated fats make up the cell membranes of every single cell in your body, including your skin. Healthy and robust cell membranes contain plenty of cholesterol and saturated fats, which helps your skin retain water and stay plump and beautiful. In addition, omega 3 fatty acids increase the skin's moisture retention and firmness, improving dry skin, acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Natural fats you can eat are tallow, lard, avocado and coconut, and foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids are, for example, oily fish.
So if you want to keep your skin healthy and hydrated year-round, eat plenty of natural fats and omega 3 fatty acids. In addition, drink enough water with electrolytes, protect your skin from the elements, and be gentle with your skincare routines.
Enjoy winter and healthy glowing skin!