Keeping Your Skin Naturally Moisturized During Winter
It can be hard to look after our skin at the best of times, and the cold weather can make it even harder. If you find that your skin is struggling during the winter months, here are some handy tips to keep your skin fresh and dewy…
The more water you drink, the happier your skin will be. We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but a lot of us forget to make it a priority. Drinking water helps boost our brains as well as look after our skin, hair and internal organs.
Watermelon, cucumber, and grapefruit all have naturally-high levels of water in them, so make a great alternative if you’re struggling to drink enough water. Aim for at least two liters of water each day – ideally, this will be through drinking plain water, but herbal tea makes a nice change.
You can also make yourself water infusions by leaving water in a jug or bottle with fresh fruits or mint leaves. Store these in the fridge for an extra boost! Citrus fruits work really nicely, too, and make a really refreshing drink on hot days.
Nourish your body
Eating a balanced diet is also key to looking after our skin, so opt for plenty of healthy greens and fresh fruits. The darker the green, the better the veg is for you – see for kale and spinach, which you can add into morning shakes or evening stir-fries.
Our skin needs various vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and hydrated, and there are heaps of foods you can easily incorporate into your diet to help with this.
Vitamin E is one of the best things you can put into your body, and is found in leafy greens, nuts and, hurrah, avocados! This vitamin prevents dry skin, and is also really good for your body if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the sunshine (lucky you!).
We all know how good Vitamin C is for us, and that we can find it in oranges. What you may not know is that Vitamin C works to repair skin damage, as well as keeping it hydrated and nourished. Broccoli is an excellent source of this vitamin, as are all citrus fruits.
Pretty simple, but moisturizing our bodies with various lotions and potions helps to keep it in excellent condition. Look for a moisturizer designed for your skin type (e.g., oily, dry, acne-prone) and work from there. Most face moisturizers contain Vitamin E, amongst other goodies, and keep an eye out for oils such as coconut, jojoba, and almond. These all look after your skin and keep you healthy.
Full-body moisturizing is also essential! Coconut oil makes a great all-rounder here and helps heal any cuts and scrapes, as well as hydrating your skin. Opt for a virgin, unrefined coconut oil to get the best results. It doubles up as a handy hair-mask too, so makes the perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet…
Keep a lip-balm helpful, also, and apply throughout the day. There’s no point having glowing skin if you have chapped lips! Coconut oil works well here, too (is there anything it can’t fix?!), or choose something organic and natural.
I know, during the cold months, the thought of a hot shower is all that gets you through the day. Much as I love sinking into a hot tub or steaming up the bathroom mirror with a piping hot shower, it’s best avoided if you want to look after your skin.
Annoyingly, hot showers actually prevent your skin from staying moisturized and can cause dry skin and itchiness. While steam can be great for your skin during inhalations and when vaporizing essential oils, it’s actually detrimental to your skin if you hop in hot water. Try and stick to warm showers instead of burning hot ones and your skin should improve.
Exfoliate a few times a week, too. This helps remove any dead skin cells and make way for new, healthy skin. You can either buy an organic, chemical-free product or make one yourself. Coconut oil (melted down) mixed in with brown sugar and charcoal capsules makes a great DIY body scrub. Getting rid of dead skin cells will leave your skin glowing and feeling lovely and soft, as well as healthier and happier.
There is so many chemicals in our daily lives that we just cannot escape from – pollution being one of the leading culprits. While you can’t control that, you can control what you’re putting on your skin.
Avoid beauty and skincare products that contain chemicals and find a natural alternative instead. There are so many skincare lines now that are all aimed at keeping it organic – they may feel a little bit pricey, but they’re well worth it!
So many products contain alcohol, which is incredibly drying to the skin. Makeup removers, toners, and wipes are some of the leading offenders here, so rethink your skincare routine. Again, coconut oil makes a fantastic alternative – use it as a natural makeup remover. You can also create your own toner using apple cider vinegar, water, and fresh mint – super easy and replenishing to dry skin.
Essential oils can work wonders on your skin, as well as your body and mood in general. Sandalwood is a little miracle-worker for dry skin, and lavender is known as being an excellent natural antibacterial that will clear up any red patches or mild infections.
You can diffuse it in your bathroom while you shower and perform a mini steam-inhalation. You can also mix this one with a carrier oil and apply the mixture to your skin. Each essential oil works differently, but many are too strong to be applied directly to the skin. Mix with coconut oil before applying to your skin – the ratios are typically listed on the essential oil bottles!
It all really boils down to being more mindful and aware of your lifestyle choices. Looking after your skin isn’t hard work, but it does take a little while to get into a healthy routine. Be purposeful and think about what you’re putting onto your skin, and into your body! The better you treat your body, the better you’ll feel…
Hi, I’m Lucy and I’m currently traveling around South East Asia with my trusty yoga mat and a constant craving for the ocean. I love finding healthy, eco-friendly ways to improve my well-being, even more of a challenge whilst on the road.