In the winter months we bundle up in layers to stay warm, but our faces and lips are constantly exposed to the cold air and heat. Chapped lips, dull skin and dry hair are some of the most common problems in the winter, due to the dropping temperatures, cold winds and steamy showers. In order to have flawless skin and keep those faces “naturally” beat we’ve composed a list of solutions to help ease of those winter, dry skin woes.
Here are some tips for healthy skin and lips in the winter:
1. Moisturize more.
You probably had a moisturizer that did wonders in the spring and summer. But just as the seasons change so should your moisturizer too. During the winter months find a moisturizer that is oil-based, rather than water based. The oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
Tip: If you don’t want to invest in a new moisturizer next time you’re lathering up just add a couple of drops of argan oil, jojoba or grapeseed oil for some additional love for your skin.
2. Pace the peels.
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks and alcohol-based toners. These can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead use mild cleansers or toners with no alcohol content, these products tend to draw moisture out of the face.
3. Heal chapped lips.
Chapped lips can be a painful problem. Not to mention how un-kissable they look! Using a rich moisturizing lip balm with Vitamin E and Coconut oil will do the trick. Some lip balms even contain tea tree oil and can help to heal painful cracks. Also be sure to resist the urge to lick your lips, the moisture will only make it worse.
4. Hook up the humidifier.
Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps to prevent your skin from drying out. If you can, place several small humidifiers around your home and even have one at work. Sleeping with a humidifier is also a great idea. Too much heat from central heating systems will dry out your skin and lips.
5. Drink more water.
During the winter, you might not feel as thirsty as you would in the summer. But it’s crucial that you drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Water will bolster your beauty inside and out. Teas and clear soups are also a creative way to keep your body nourished and will flush out any harmful toxins.
Who doesn’t want flawless skin? Just know it’s possible, even in the winter.