Some people forget that skincare not only means your face but your entire body. While our face is what is exposed 24/7, our body needs some tender loving care too. We all want to keep that soft skin and summer glow that blesses our skin during the warmer months. However, it can be quite a challenge during the winter but not impossible. Here are some tips on how you can keep your body glowing and soft all winter long.
Avoid Long, Hot Baths/Showers
While it's super tempting to take a hot shower/bath during the winter, it's not so great for our skin. During the winter, you want to keep your baths/showers shorter and use lukewarm water. According to Dr. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, founder and owner of The Dermatology & Laser Group in NYC, long showers can cause our skin to shed its natural oils.
Change your soap
Many people love the luxurious lathery feeling of soap but unfortunately, the more lather means the more we're stripping our skin of its moisture. It can also cause your skin to feel itchy and irritated. Aim for soaps that are sulfate and alcohol-free. These soaps are very creamy and milky in texture. Also, look for ceramides as an ingredient. Ceramides help reinforce your skin's natural barrier and prevent moisture loss.
During the winter, you can't just put on some lotion and call it a day. You want to make sure your moisturizer is being absorbed and that the moisture is being locked in. Therefore, it's important to moisturize immediately after taking a shower/bath. Applying a moisturizer or body oil to damp skin helps seal that moisture into the skin. Keeping a moisturizer, oil, body butter in your shower will help remind you to apply immediately after you wash.
You also want to pay attention to the ingredients in your moisturizer. Avoid petroleum-based ingredients because all they do is further dry out the skin. You want to choose a moisturizer with natural and nourishing ingredients. Opt for a moisturizer that's oil-based rather than water-based because it's better at retaining your body's moisture. You can even opt for a natural oil like coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil. Oils are not only great for sealing moisture but they also give you that beautiful glow.
For areas that tend to be drier such as feet, hands, and elbows, having an overnight moisturizing routine is key. Slathering a generous amount of body butter or oil on your hands and feet followed by covering them with gloves and socks is amazing for sealing the moisture.
It is still important to protect your skin during the winter. The winter sun is just as harmful as the summer sun. UV rays do not change depending on the season. They are still present during the cloudiest and coldest days of winter. SPF also keeps your skin looking radiant, glowing, and youthful.
Try Dry Brushing
If you find that your skin is flaky during the winter, dry brushing is your best friend. Dry brushing is another way to exfoliate the skin. It buffs all the dead skin cells from your skin leaving behind a new, smooth layer of radiant skin. Not only is it great for exfoliating but it also promotes circulation, detoxes the body and relieves stress.
Use a Humidifier
When it's cold outside, we naturally want to keep our homes as warm as possible. However, the dry, unforgiving heat in our homes can wreak havoc on our skin. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air. Placing a cool-mist humidifier right next to your bed while you sleep combats the loss of moisture.
Drink More Water
It may be hard to keep up with staying hydrated on the inside during the winter since we're not sweating profusely from the summer heat. However, we still need to drink our water. Hydrating your skin from the inside out is one of the easiest things you can do during the winter months. You can also eat foods high in water content such as watermelon, cantaloupe, celery, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
If you suffer from certain skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you want to make sure you're not irritating your skin. During the winter, your skin is more fragile and is easily irritated. So try your best to avoid fabrics like wool and synthetic fabrics (polyester, rayon, nylon, etc). Also, avoid harsh detergents on your clothes and bedsheets.