During the winter humidity levels drop because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. Forced air heating in your home also lowers the moisture levels. Ideal in home humidity levels should be around 45%. If it’s under 30% it’s too dry and anything over 50% is too high. All this dryness wreaks havoc on your skin and it needs your help to survive these dry winter months!
Below are 9 tips on how to alleviate dry winter skin:
a humidifier: Adding a humidifier can help raise humidity levels in your home
and offer your skin, and even your home itself including furniture, some
lots of water: We tend to choose warm drinks like coffee and tea in the winter
months, but forget to hydrate with water. Water is imperative to healthy skin.
with warm water: Even though it feels so good on a cold winter morning, hot
water strips the moisture from your skin very quickly. Shower with warm water
and help to stave off the dryness.
after your shower: After you get out of the shower, lightly towel dry and use a
good moisturizer like this body butter that will help seal in the moisture and
keep your skin supple all day!
before bed: Slather your hands and cracked feet with the same body butter mentioned above. Put cotton gloves on your hands and cotton footies on your
feet and let them drink in the body butter while you sleep! If you don’t have
cotton gloves, just put another pair of cotton footies on your hands! They will
probably fall off during the night, but by then it will all have soaked in.
When you have too many dead skin cells on your hands and body, moisture can’t
get in so a good exfoliate like Brown Sugar Body Scrub will not only exfoliate,
but will moisturize at the same time! Keep a plastic spoon in the shower and
after you’ve washed with soap, scoop out a spoonful of the brown sugar body
scrub and starting at your chest scrub your way down and rinse off! (I would
omit your private parts!)
a natural, high quality body soap: Many commercial soaps remove glycerin in
their soap making process. Glycerin helps to keep your skin hydrated and soft.
Using a natural soap like these will help keep your skin soft and supple as the
glycerin is not removed!
forget your lips: Your lips need moisture too! Make sure to use a natural blend
of waxes and oils like this one. Many commercial lip balms use petroleum which
actually dries your lips out. Ever wonder why you’re so addicted to your lip
balm and keep using it over and over again? It’s the drying petroleum and it
becomes a vicious cycle as you keep applying more and more on your lips. Stop
the madness and use an all-natural remedy!
- Lotion Sticks: Have you heard about lotion sticks? These cute little tubes that look like tiny deodorants are actually roll up lotion sticks! They have a beeswax base that help to protect your skin and are great to keep in your pocket or purse and use whenever you need to give your hands (or even your cracked feet) a little pick-me-up!
Do you have any tips on how to keep your skin looking great in the dry winter months? Join the conversation on Facebook and let us know! And ladies, make sure you join our Self-Care Sundays Facebook Group were we share tips on how to take time out of our busy lives to take care of ourselves!