There is so much to love about winter, snow-covered landscapes, cozy dark evenings, and plenty of holidays to celebrate. Unfortunately, along with all the good things it brings, winter weather brings drier air that pulls the moisture from your skin. Your skin loses over twenty-five percent of its ability to hold moisture in the cold winter months, so it is important to make a few changes to keep it from drying it out. We have you covered for all your winter skin needs, keep reading for your ultimate guide to winter skin.
Use a Humidifier
Turning up the heat may be an excellent way to keep you warm, but running indoor heating will remove moisture from the air and dry out your winter skin. A humidifier or essential oil diffuser will replenish the moisture in the air so it won’t pull the moisture from your skin. Try to have one running in commonly used living areas and one in your bedroom while you sleep.
Turn Down the Shower Heat
It might be tempting to turn the heat up in the shower, but that hot water will strip your skin of its surface oils. Keep showers to 10 minutes or less and aim for a lukewarm temperature. To avoid further winter skin irritation, skip the sponges and loofahs. When your showers over pat your skin with a towel instead of rubbing to dry off.
Drink Plenty of H20
It can be harder to remember to drink water when temperatures are cold, and we don’t feel as thirsty. Not drinking enough water will lead to dehydration, which will further dry out your skin (among other things). Feel better and hydrate your skin by making sure to drink plenty of water. If you have trouble remembering, try using an app like Aloe Bud or Daily Water to remind you.
Switch Out Your Soap
Bar soaps, especially those with fragrance, can strip your winter skin of its natural oils. Switch to an unscented, moisturizing body wash and during the dry winter months. Choose a cream-based or oil cleanser to wash your face, which will clean excess dirt and impurities without removing moisturizing oils.
Dress for Success
While spending time outside, bundle up, and protect your skin from harsh winter weather. Cover your face and hands in severe weather. Just make sure to avoid scratchy fabrics (like wool), which can irritate already stressed winter skin.
Eat Good Fats
Make sure to include plenty of omega 3 rich foods in your diet to help replenish your skin’s natural oils and moisturize from the inside. Foods like fish, tofu, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are all excellent sources of omega 3. Try to work them into your diet as often as possible.
When dry air is continually taking moisture from your skin, its important to add it back into your skin with a high-quality topical moisturizer. Try our Balancing CBD oil at night to restore moisture and balance your complexion, apply after cleansing so your skin can soak in the moisturizing oils as you sleep.
For extra dry skin, moisturize with our Calming CBD body creme. Massage into dry areas and increase the amount as needed to soothe and heal dehydrated skin.
Exfoliate for Brighter Skin
To make sure topical moisturizers are their most effective and your skin looks bright (and not dull) exfoliate once or twice a week. Choose a gentle enzyme exfoliator to remove dead skin cells without irritating already stressed winter skin.
Do you live in an area with harsh winter weather? We hope this helps!