Dry skin can affect people of all ages not only at winter time but at any time of the year. Your skin may be in trouble if you're noticing any of these conditions:
- Cracking or bleeding
- flaking or peeling
- roughness in texture
- tightness, especially after washing
What can you do to help manage these skin concerns?
1. Opt for quality, gentle, clean and safe, fragrance-free, no foaming cleanser to prevent skin irritation. Choose products with plant oils that help protect against water loss. Wash morning and night. Face Wipes are not a substitute for an effective cleaner. They do not remove debris from pores and can dehydrate and spread dirt. Use wipes as a temporary fix and be sure to buy those without alcohol. Both alcohol and foaming agents can strip the skin and contribute to dryness.
2. Hydrate inside and out. If you're not sure if you're getting enough water, check your skin's elasticity by pinching a small amount so it's tented up and hold for a few seconds. If it springs back quickly, you are well hydrated. If not, drink the recommended 8 cups a day, preferably filtered water to help protect against water loss. You can also add a good organic hydrosol spritzer, not alcohol-based, to your skincare routine to revive, refresh, nourish and hydrate skin any time of the day.
3. Moisturize your skin with an organic face serum or cream. Make sure it doesn't have any skin-irritating and dangerous ingredients. Read labels and look for hydrating ingredients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients from plants. Look for oils that are well known for their moisturizing properties like Shea Butter and Baobab Oil. These are not only good for your face but for chapped elbows, knees and scalp. Wrapping a scarf around your face and wearing a hat in the winter will help protect your skin from wind and snow and keep you much warmer.
4. Always carry a top-quality moisturizing and nongreasy hand cream with you to apply every time you wash your hands. Wearing gloves during the winter will help protect your hands against any harsh elements.
5. Refrain from licking chapped lips as it only makes them become drier. Use a natural lip product preferably without fragrance or flavor to avoid synthetic ingredients.
We hope these tips provide you some solutions and make your winter a little less frightful and a lot more delightful.
Rebecca Adams, CEO and Co-founder of My Alchemy Skin Care