As the ever so perpetual winter marches on, we all long for the natural softness our skin has in summer. With the dry heat of our homes making humidity levels seem like they are in the negative, we feel dry and leathery and for some of us, it is downright uncomfortable.
Although we will never achieve the true glowing summer hue while waiting for the winter to end, there are some great and easy ways to keep our skin nurtured and hydrated.
Drink Plenty of Water
Our skin generally gets dry from the inside out and the best way to keep from drying out is to keep hydrated. If you find it hard to drink as much water in winter, then pledge to drink warm drinks that are water based. Herbal teas and hot water with lemon and ginger can be wonderful additions to your evening ritual.
Eat Fruit and Vegetables
There are quite a few fruits and vegetables with high water content. Incorporating these vegetables in your diet will help keep you hydrated. Cucumber, watermelon, spinach, cauliflower, and grapefruit are just a few that are great hydrators.
Use a Humidifier
Keeping a small humidifier in your room is an ideal way to help with humidity and not only helps with your skin but can be beneficial to your health. Humidifiers keep your sinuses from drying out and can help keep you from catching those dreaded cold and flu viruses that run rampant in the cold weather.
Use Natural Oils on Your Skin
There is often the belief that using an oil based product on your skin will cause acne. This is not the case. Applying natural oils to your skin is an excellent way to moisturize. After you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp, apply the oil to your skin. This will trap the moisture and give you excellent results. Coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil and shea butter are all excellent options.
Coconut oil is one of the most economical options. Unfortunately, it can get quite hard in winter making it difficult to use as a lotion. Here is a little tip to make your own coconut oil body butter that is easy to apply:
- Place approx. 250 ml of coconut oil in a bowl. Do not melt it. It will only whip if it is in a solid form.
- Add approx. 50 – 75 ml of almond oil.
- Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
- Whip with a mixer for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Place in a jar.
This butter works as a natural barrier for wind too. Apply to your face before heading out on your spring run to keep for getting wind burned.