Winter weather gives me dull, dry and itchy skin. It also leaves me itching for Spring. I have a few tips and tricks that will help you beat the winter blues. Don’t worry Spring is around the corner.
Long hot showers or baths may seem ideal when the weather is dreary but do damage to your skin. Try to keep the showers short and use lukewarm water. Skipping shaving everyday will also help against dry skin. Shaving everyday will lead to itchy and flakey skin. Try to go every other day or I go as long as I can stand it. You can also use a moisturizing shave cream but make sure it does not contain alcohol which will dry out your skin. When toweling off after a shower pat don’t rub yourself dry. Put lotion on right after showering will help the lotion absorb into skin and leave you silky soft.
It is good to exfoliate your face your skin at least once week. You will get off the dead skin and leave you skin soft. It will also help your moisturizer absorb better, and besides who wants a flakey face. There are great exfoliating scrubs out there, but you can also make your own. For the face I use lemon and sugar to exfoliate. For a hydrating mask I use oatmeal and honey or yogurt and honey. Another homemade scrub this time for the lips is salt and olive oil. You can also use your toothbrush and exfoliate that way.
Exfoliation is also good for your whole body. You can buy body wash with exfoliating beads or exfolating scrubs for the whole body. Just make sure they are free of alcohol. What I use is my homemade body scrub. I just take sugar and baby oil. It leaves my skin soft but not too greasy, but be careful the baby oil in the shower makes it slippery.
Just because the skin is hiding in the clouds doesn’t mean you should skip the SPF. The sun rays will still find a way to get to your skin. SPF will help you in the long run..trust me.
For my dry skin I only wash my face once a day. I wash it at night to take off all my makeup and in the morning I don’t wash it I just add my moisturizer and do my makeup like normal. Washing it more will strip my skin of its natural oil. When it comes to face wash avoid alcohol which will strip your skin of its natural oil.
Don’t forget to drink your 8 glasses of water a day. Alcohol and caffeine will dehydrate your body so drink in moderation.