We have all experienced the harsh, drying effects that winter has on our skin. Our summer skin thrives, bronzed, wonderfully golden and silky smooth, and than just a few short months later we find that our tans have faded and our skin is dry and chapped. So after a long, cold winter, what can you do to take care of your skin?
During the summer your skin is pampered by sunscreen, bronzers, moisturizers and more. Not to mention, the warmth also helps your skin produce more natural oils to moisturize and nourish itself. Then, during the colder months of the year, the combination of cold air and dry heat reduces the amount of natural oils that our skin produces and dries it out faster. This is why your skin care regimen should change with the seasons.
Getting the Moisture Back After Winter
After months of having the moisture sucked out of your skin by cold, dry air, your skin is going to need some special pampering. Try taking a warm bath with oatmeal and topping it off with a creamy, oil-based moisturizer while you’re still damp. You should avoid harsh soaps, scrubs and hard exfoliators. Instead, opt for a soft loofah, moisturizing body wash and soft exfoliators.
For dry facial skin, one of the most beneficial treatments is a hydrating facial mask with hyaluronic acid. Preferably one with a self-heating element to ensure that the nutrients go deep into the skin. For the trendy do-it-yourself type, Greek yogurt contains beneficial lactic acid and is the perfect solution for a homemade moisturizing mask that both nourishes and moisturizes.
Since your skin has been starved for moisture throughout the winter, it is important to try to replenish the nutrients and antioxidants that it needs. If you are not a big fish eater, then you may consider adding some omega-3 fatty acid supplements to your diet. This is also the perfect time for some soothing avocado essential oil, which is super absorbable and contains mega-amounts of vital nutrients and antioxidants. However, it is important to remember that the best way to treat dry winter skin is by taking care of it throughout the winter with a change in regimen.