We all know winter can be really tough on your skin! Dryness, cracks, and irritation really flare up in colder weather. Most articles will tell you the answer is to moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize again but the truth is; there's much more to it than that. Here's what you need to do if you want to solve it:
- Use a humidifier ‐ Most of the moisture your skin loses is through the air. During the winter months, indoor humidity levels typically drop to 10% or less, especially if you're using a furnace. You will notice that your skin retains its natural glow when you keep indoor moisture levels at or above 30%. For best results, use distilled water and regularly clean your humidifier to prevent mold or bacteria.
- Ditch the traditional soap ‐ Regular soap has a drying effect on your skin. In the summer, this is often offset by more skin-friendly environmental conditions but in the colder months, it's better to switch to a hydrating body wash.
- Ramp up the Omega-3s ‐ Adding foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are an excellent way to help your skin stay in top condition. Get them through natNew such as salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed oil or consider a fish oil supplement.
- Exfoliate ‐ While you may think this is a bad idea if your skin is already dry and irritated, it's actually beneficial to slough off dry and dead skin cells on the surface to promote skin cell turnover and allow new, healthy cells to come to the surface. Just don't overdo it, once or twice a week typically yields the best results.
- Try plant stem cells ‐ Studies have shown that plant stem cells have a positive impact on human skin cells and can promote healthier, youthful-looking skin. Adonia StemuTone serum is an excellent choice to restore hydration while firming wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Drink more water ‐ You can't expect your skin to stay hydrated if your body doesn't. Keep a steady supply of pure, filtered water nearby throughout the day.