Seven Tips for Keeping Your Skin Hydrated This Winter

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Winter is notoriously hard on skin. Even if you have an oily complexion, the cold dry air can make it look dull and flaky. With a little advanced preparation you can keep your skin hydrated and healthy this winter.

#1 Drink Plenty of Fluids

While water is the best thing you can drink, you don’t have to drink eight glasses a day to stay hydrated. However, you do have to make sure that you drink enough during the day that you don’t ever feel thirsty. Once you feel thirsty, your body is starting to experience dehydration. One trick is to carry a water bottle with you at all times. Add a slice of lemon or lime for a little refreshing flavor.

#2 Cut Back on Alcohol and Caffeine

Alcohol and beverages containing caffeine (yes, that means coffee!) are dehydrating. They pull moisture from your body. Not good if you’re trying to stay hydrated. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t have a cup of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night. Just make sure you match those drinks with a glass of water to counter their effects.

#3 Check Your Medications

Some medications including topical medications can actually dry out your skin. Take a look at your over-the-counter skin cleansing products. Do they contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinols? If so, they can cause dryness and irritation. If you use these products often, try cutting back a bit. For example, if you wash your face with salicylic acid in the morning and at night, try using it in the morning only.

#4 Moisturize Twice a Day

It should go without saying, but it’s essential to moisturize your skin twice a day. Consider using two different moisturizers. Your night-time moisturizer can be heavier.

#5 Wear Sunscreen Every Day, Even When It Is Cloudy

Sunscreen should be part of your morning routine. One way to make sure you wear it every day is to combine your sunscreen with your moisturizer. It should have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or more and protect against UVA and UVB rays.

#6 Fresh Fruits and Veggies

There’s really nothing better for your skin than a healthy diet. Any healthy diet starts with eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to get at least one serving of vegetables with every meal. Aim to consume 5-7 servings a day. And dark, leafy greens should be part of every day.

#7 Don’t Over Exfoliate

When people have dry skin they’re tempted to exfoliate. Sure, it removes the dry skin but it can also cause irritation. Irritation leads to chapping and cracking. Evaluate how often you exfoliate. If you exfoliate more than once a week, consider cutting back.

Evaluate your existing habits and pay attention to your skin. A little advance preparation can go a long way to helping you have healthy skin all year long.

Category: Skin Care, Winter Weather Tips

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