When the temperature gets cooler and the heating is cranked up inside, your skin can feel the effects. In the winter, the humidity in the air decreases causing the moisture levels in your skin to drop. Windy weather and central heating also contribute to the dryness. In turn, your skin can look flaky and rough, rather than hydrated and smooth.
There are, however, fairly simple and swift ways to prevent and reverse dry skin in the winter and we have put together our top tips on how to do so…
Moisturising should be a year-round habit, but especially for anyone with dry, flaky skin. When winter does hit, moisturising should be even more of a priority and doing it more often can help the health and appearance of your skin.
Products made with plant oils and juices can help your skin to replenish hydration and helps keep its protective barrier strong, ensuring it holds up under the harsher winter weather.
Try an organic moisturiser like Odylique’s Timeless Rose, which includes nourishing plant juices like Aloe Vera and is suitable for all skin types. Or the Avocado 24-Hour Replenishing Cream if you need a richer day or night cream to help protect and repair.
It’s not just your skin that’s vulnerable to drying – cracked lips occur much more frequently in the winter and an organic lip balm is great for on-the-go protection.
When you’ve got dry skin, it can be tempting to try and cover it up as much as possible but as you may already know, this can prove tricky!
Flakiness can show through makeup and potentially make the issue worse.
The key is to moisturise well. Allow it to fully penetrate the skin before applying make up that is as natural as possible.
A lot of synthetic ingredients found in make up, such as synthetic solvents and fragrances, can cause irritation and dryness.
Using organic makeup, particularly organic lipsticks, can also help conserve moisture in the skin. With natural plant oils and butters, your lips can actually benefit from the ingredients and you can avoid dry, chapped lips.
3. Indoor and outdoor habits
With the decreasing humidity outside and the central heating on the inside we can begin to look less than radiant. Investing in a humidifier or indoor plants can help elevate the moisture in the atmosphere, which in turn will keep your skin happier.
Try your best not to warm up using your bath or shower! Hot water dries out the skin by stripping the naturally occurring oils from it. This is prevented by limiting your baths and showers to just a warm – not hot – temperature.
When you do have a bath, consider mixing genuine Dead Sea salt solution in it. A 2005 study found that this solution improved skin barrier function, enhanced skin hydration and reduced inflammation; let your bath do the work whilst you relax! Take care to buy genuine salts though as poor quality ones don’t have a beneficial effect.
When you do venture outside, wrap up warm! This will also protect your skin from any drying, cold winds. For the areas of your body that are exposed, applying a rich balm can help act as a protective shield against the elements.
What we eat and drink has a big impact on our appearance, including our skin. Try drinking more water or herbal teas; a good option would be to drink ginger tea, which is said to also have a warming effect on the body, making it perfect for the winter months.
Try to keep an eye on how much alcohol or coffee you drink – these act a diuretic (which means they cause frequent urination) that will end up making you lose more water than you’re gaining and contribute to dehydration, which means… parched skin!
6. Eat well
When it’s cold outside, we’re often tempted to eat more – especially around the holiday season. Whilst it’s good to enjoy some not-so-healthy food some of the time, just be mindful of what you’re eating the rest of the time.
Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables (organic when you can) will usually provide the vitamins and minerals our skin needs for healing and repair.
Some of the best things to eat for your skin health specifically include avocado, tomatoes, coconut oil, nuts and seeds as these can help restore your body’s natural oils.
Sometimes we just can’t get enough of what our body needs through our diet; with the continued depletion of vitamins and minerals in the soil, our food no longer provides as many nutrients as it used to.
Supplementing your diet with herbs and vitamins can give your skin an extra boost that your diet might not provide.
Some of the best supplements to take for dry skin include:
- Acidophilus (a probiotic)
- Starflower oil
- Evening primrose oil
We do recommend consulting with your doctor or dietician before adding supplements to your diet.
Our final tip is to relax!
When your mind is busied and you’re stressed out, your body suffers too (this includes your skin)! Remember to take some time for yourself and do what chills you out, whether it is exercising or cosying up indoors with a hot drink.
To be truly healthy, your mind and body need to be at ease.
If you would like to find out more, click here for a complete guide to dry skin.