Ever wonder why your lips get so chapped in the winter you can hardly stand it? The average person lessens their consumption of water in the winter, which can cause dry, chapped lips. This is not the only reason to break out the lip balm, however. If you’ve noticed dry skin in other places, and especially if you’ve been keeping up with your hygiene routine, chances are you’re dealing with a case of the winter weather blues.
Skin takes a beating during the winter, as most cold-weather places frequently turn skin-friendly environments into your own, cozy little desert. Temperatures drop, which already causes a natural decrease in humidity outside, and can impact the indoors, as well. Cranking up the heat to combat the continually dropping temperatures? The increase in temperature can lead to moisture evaporation around the house and from your skin.
And all that dryness takes a toll on your skin — causing cracked, dry lips, an increase in wrinkles and a decrease in skin elasticity, glow, and vitality. Improving on your winter skincare regimen includes more than just amping up the moisturizer, however. Here are five ways you can change your moisturizing game to benefit your whole body as well as keeping your youthful glow.
1) Trick (Or Treat) Yourself into Drinking Water
For some, drinking water is not a problem. They love the taste of it, or they go to the gym and workout every day so its part of their wellness routine. But for many, drinking water either is the last thing on your to-do list or is the last beverage you want to be sipping at the end of the day.
If you struggle to stay hydrated, there are ways you can trick yourself into drinking water. Simple tricks include carrying a water bottle with your daily recommended doses of water in it, drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up and before each meal, and cutting up fruits and veggies to flavor the water if you’re averse to the taste. If you’re craving bubbly at the end of the night but have been dehydrated all day long, opt for some seltzer water. Seltzer should never replace regular water intake, but it can be a good, healthy filler when you need a little extra hydration.
Hydration not only improves the beauty and elasticity of the skin, but has been proven to lower blood pressure, lubricate joints, and allow organs to function correctly.
2) Run a Humidifier While You Relax
Running a humidifier all the time isn’t the best idea, but in the winter, it can be just the relief your skin and lungs need for getting through the dryness of the season. Purchasing a humidifier whose only purpose is to add moisture to the air can be a drag, but if you get one that utilizes essential oils for scents, it can turn an ordinary humidification tool into a spa-like experience. It also replaces the moisture that heat and weather take out of the air, which can significantly increase the dry skin relief your skin experiences. Alternately, you may choose to set a pot of citrus-scented water to simmer on a stove or woodstove slowly — just be sure to refill the water every few hours!
3) Go Easy on The Acne Treatments
It’s just a fact of life that some people are prone to acne even as an adult. That’s no reason to be ashamed, but often it leads to product misuse to combat adult acne. Dermatologists and skin experts recommend laying off the high amounts of acne medication, especially those who use benzoyl peroxide. There are a few reasons for this. For one, the time when those medications are most effective are during the times of year when it is both humid and hot. Humidity keeps sweat and impurities from evaporating from the skin, which can lead to clogged pores. Then, the heat can cause an increase in sweat, which if lingering can also cause pore clogs.
Instead, opt for more gentle cleansers as a staple of your winter routine. If you’re afraid this will cause a major breakout, try easing out of your daily benzoyl peroxide routine and into a less-dependent one over a period of weeks. Then, when you notice the temperatures rising, the humidity returning, and your acne creeping back, slowly raise your routine back to summer levels over a period of weeks.
4) Protect and Defend!
We’ve all seen ladies dressed to the nth walking down the street. With scarves up to their eyes, huge hats, coats, and mittens, we know you spent your teenage years wondering why people did that. But there is a method to their madness. Covering the skin not only creates a barrier from harsh, dry wind, but it also creates and traps your body’s moisture. Opting to cover sensitive skin, like the face and the hands, is critical to keeping it smooth and hydrated.
5) Treat Your Skin Like It Is Aging (Because it Probably Is)
After your mid-twenties, your skin scientifically begins to age. Therefore, starting on an anti-aging regimen, like the Genucel Plant Stem Cell Therapy, is beneficial as young as your twenties. Our Plant Stem Cell Therapy, Eyelid Treatment, Genucel XV, Immediate Effects, Jawline Treatment, and Deep Firming Serum combat the areas of your face and neck that have already met the effects of many winters before. In combination with a good, hydrating skin care routine as well as the use of anti-aging products as soon as you notice the impacts of age, you can have youthful, glowing, and hydrated skin year-round.
Winter is a time for celebrations, new beginnings, and cheer. Don’t let the pain and embarrassment of dry, flaky skin interrupt what would otherwise be a joyful time. Put some lip balm on your lips before stepping under the mistletoe, bundle up when you go out for New Year’s Eve, and drink plenty of water on top of the copious amounts of rummy eggnog. But most of all — use these hydration tips to stave off the impacts of winter-induced dry skin. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
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