While you can protect the other organs of your body from cold, by simply putting on warmer clothes, your skin, as the largest organ, is the most exposed to the cruelty of harsh winter days. Cold air tends to hold less moisture, humidity and heating potential than warm air which can make dry skin and hair even drier. If you are not being precautious enough, you can end up with flaky and rough skin which appearance cannot be improved with makeup, on the contrary. Applying makeup on such skin will additionally burden it and cause even more damage. Here are a few tips on how to keep your skin smooth until spring.
Steaming + Aromatherapy
The indulgent practice of steaming dates back to the ancient Europe. It can help your skin get through the cold days in many ways. Warming up the surface of the skin is making it more receptive to treatments (serums, masks, etc.). Steaming enhances circulation, contributes to removing toxins, softens the debris inside the pores making it easier to remove and increases relaxation. Add lavender or some other essential oil into hot water, and your steaming is turned into aromatherapy.
Cleaning your face is extremely important. During the cold days you should reconsider your cleanser choice, though. Most of the products have alcohol as an ingredient, which can be very drying for the skin. Instead, opt for creamy texture cleanser without alcohol and harmful chemicals and with Vitamin E. Remember not to leave the skin bare for more than 30 seconds after cleaning as this can lead to increased dryness. Apply a moisturizer right away.
Moisturizing is the most important thing that will make the difference between rough skin and a soft and glowing skin, during the cold days. It is crucial to apply moisturizer right after washing and cleaning the skin. When choosing a moisturizer, opt for the one with natural ingredients which can sooth and soften dry skin, such as chamomile, lavender, jojoba, aloe vera, etc.
Use Organic Makeup
By using organic face makeup, you will prevent the potential skin damage and irritation that can be caused by combining the effects of cold weather and synthetic makeup. Many celebrities, including Miranda Kerr, Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gisele Bundchen, decided to switch to organic makeup, which says enough about its effectiveness. Just as the products should be natural, your face should also look natural and neutral. Opt for rosy cheeks and just a hint of eyeliner.
Beauty Comes from the Inside
It is no secret that the food we consume and the liquids we drink affect significantly on our skin’s appearance. That is why you should adapt your diet to the current conditions and have a healthy life. A diet rich in healthy fats is your secret weapon in the war against dry skin. So fill your plate with omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, nuts, chia seeds, sardine, cereals, spinach, etc.). Do not forget to hydrate your skin from the inside too. The minimum of recommended amount of water per day is 8 glasses, but you can increase that number during the winter days and add some teas into the mixture.
Do Not Forget Your Hands
Besides the face, hands are the most exposed to the harsh winter weather. Make sure you apply an appropriate hand moisturizer after every washing. Try to wear gloves whenever you go outside. The gloves should be made of some natural fabric that will not additionally dry out your skin.
Dress Up in Natural Fabrics
Avoid wearing synthetic materials during the cold days because it can lead to skin irritations. That is why you should opt for cotton and wool. Wool is a good insulator and can absorb large amounts of moisture, which are great features to have in winter.
Follow these tips and your skin will go through the entire winter soft and shiny.