If you are like many people, the winter is particularly harsh on your skin. A combination of cold temperatures, low humidity, the wind, heater/furnace use and other conditions can cause the skin to become damaged, cracked and dry. In a previous blog post, we gave you tips on how you can protect your skin throughout the winter. However, despite your best efforts, you may now be noticing the impact that the winter season has had on your skin.
Now that it is spring, it’s time to get ready for warmer weather and clothing like shorts, tank tops and bathing suits that show off a little more skin. To get your skin in top condition, follow these tips on how to rejuvenate winter skin.
Exfoliation is the key to removing those dry, dead skin cells on the surface that make your skin look dull. Doing so will reveal brighter, youthful skin underneath. It’s important that you carefully choose your exfoliator because those that include scratchy and harsh materials can irritate your skin and damage it by causing micro-tears. Exfoliators that use natural ingredients like Dead Sea salt and coral powder work best. You can get these scrubs for your face and for your body.
Cleansing to Clear Pores
Another way you can rejuvenate winter skin is by clearing out all the dirt, debris, and oils that have built up in your pores over the winter. Like your exfoliator, it is important to choose a facial cleanser that is not harsh and will not dry out your skin. Although it sounds counterintuitive, the gentlest and most effective cleansers are oil-based. An oil-based facial cleanser can be worked into your pores to remove surface contaminants while also moisturizing to promote overall skin health.
Hydrate Using Essential Oils
Hydration is important in any season, but it is absolutely essential when you are rejuvenating your winter skin and getting ready for the spring and summer months. Experts recommend moisturizing your skin twice a day to boost hydration levels. One effective strategy is to use a body oil packed with essential oils right when you get out of the shower or the bath. Essential oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, and others are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that not only moisturize but also help protect your skin from aging.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
The sun is one of the main culprits of aging and unhealthy skin. It causes dryness as well as fine lines, wrinkles, and even skin diseases. It’s important to understand that the sun is ALWAYS emitting harmful UVA and UVB rays – in every season and every weather condition, even when it is hiding behind the clouds. Experts recommend using a sunscreen with SPF 30, which will block 97 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. SPF should be a part of your daily skin care routine.
A Skin-Friendly Diet
Finally, it’s important to mention that skin care products will only get you so far if you are not maintaining a skin-friendly diet. The skin is the largest organ of your body, and like other organs, it’s imperative that you feed it the right nutrients. You can help rejuvenate winter skin by eating a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known as “the good fats” which can boost your skin hydration levels and help your skin function more efficiently. You can find them in supplements as well as foods rich in Omega-3, including salmon and nuts. When maintaining a skin-friendly diet, also make sure that you drink plenty of water, which will help hydrate your skin and also cleanse your body of toxins.
Spring is here and it’s time to get your skin ready for the warmer weather. If winter skin has you feeling down, follow the tips listed above and you will rejuvenate your winter skin in no time.