Taking care of your skin is an important task. There are millions of articles, blog posts, and Instagram videos that implore you to take good care of your skin, and for good reason. Your skin is the most ingenious part of the human body, it protects you, connects you, and heals you and often we neglect to care for it.
This neglect is particularly apparent during the winter season. Unlike summer, you spend most of your time covered up and without your skin on show to remind you to look out for it, your skin care routine passes you by. Out of sight, out of mind. This can have a number of damaging effects on your skin, some of which you might be currently unaware of.
During winter, there is less natural moisture in the air, which will lead to your skin drying out more quickly than in the summer months. If left un-moisturized, your skin can become cracked and sore, your face and lips will be particularly prone to this during winter.
In addition to the lack of moisture, the holidays come around and increase your stress levels, which in turn increases your body’s production of cortisol. Cortisol is responsible for causing premature aging in skin as it breaks down the skin’s natural collagen and elastin causing your skin to lose tone and texture.
Luckily, there are a few ways to help combat these signs of winter wear on your skin:
Turn Down your thermostat
This goes for in the shower as well. There isn’t much more pleasing than a hot shower on a cold winter’s morning, but the hot water in your shower will strip your skin of its natural oils, causing it to dry out.
The same will happen if your heating is too high, it will cause dry skin and frizzy hair. Try using a humidifier which will allow more moisture back into the air.
Moisturize Inside and Out
You can keep that scaly winter skin at bay by slathering a delicious smelling body butter on your body, but that will only go so far.
Your skin can only absorb so much water from the outside so it is important to give it a boost from the inside as well. Your body is made up of 60% water so staying hydrated is as important during the winter months as it is during the summer months.
Repair the Damage
You have done all you can to protect yourself from future damage but what about the damage that’s already been done? Combat aging skin with at home products such as NuFACE Microcurrent Devices which is thought to help repair the loss of skin tone caused by the stress of Christmas last year.
This may seem like a silly idea, but the winter sun can be just as damaging to your skin and often you are not prepared for it. Make applying a little sunscreen a part of your daily routine.
Keep your skin healthy this winter with these simple tips and remember to put a spa day on your Christmas list to give yourself and your skin time to recoup.