Tips to Winterize Skin

Introduction:You winterize your car; you winterize your home, but how do you take care of your winter skin? What can you do about dry, cracked or chapped winter skin? Read the following tips to winterize your skin!

  • 01

    Water

    In step-study group, we learn there are two times you need to attend a meeting: when you want to and when you don't. Now, apply this knowledge to water - there are two times you need to drink water - when you want to and when you don't. Your skin needs daily watering to remain supple and moist. Water makes up about 70% of your skin. Even if you have to set a timer to remember, drink enough water every day to winterize your skin.

  • 02

    Holistic Skin Care

    You may wish to try healing herbs. Gota kola is excellent, as it increases blood supply to the tissue and increases formation of skin components, necessary to treat itchy, scaly skin. Victoria Edwards, an aromatherapist in Fair Oaks, CA suggests mixing 10 drops of: Rosemary, carrot seed, chamomile, neroli and rosemary essential oils into two ounces of almond or sesame carrier oil. Apply following your bath or shower.

  • 03

    Humidify

    To offset drying issues from central heat a home humidifier is necessary. If at all affordable, consider installing a whole-house humidifier. Use clean tap water or distilled water, whichever the manufacturer recommends.

  • 04

    Good Moisturizer

    Even if you drink your daily water, use healing herbs and humidify, you still need a good moisturizer to combat winter skin. Either rely on your favorite moisturizer or try the herbal mixture above. The best time to apply moisturizer is immediately following your shower while your skin is still damp

  • 05

    Prevention

    As with any health challenge, prevention of winter skin is always better than attempting a cure. One of our worst winter skin enemies is abruptly changing temperatures. We go from a warm house to a frigid outdoors, get into a cold car and crank up the heater. Then we reverse the procedure; get out of the warm car where an arctic blast hits us in the face and go into a warm office. If you can stand it, set the central heating to a lower temperature to help prevent dry winter skin


Final Thoughts

All the above tips should be safe unless you are allergic to any of the herbs. It's always wise to check with your doctor when starting a new health regime. A healthy diet, exercise and the above tips to winterize skin should minimize most of your skin discomforts.


Comments

  • PriscillaBenfield 1/23/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent tips for taking care of your skin in the winter. Follow these and you will not suffer from the effects of winter.

  • MonikaWeise 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    As I get older, I need to winterize my skin more and more. Thanks for the tips!

  • clewand550 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list of ways to winterize your skin.

  • jseven 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent tips! I drink water all day long and use pure butters for my skin. High 5~

  • goodselfme 1/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wonderful skin care tips to which I fully agree.

  • Amylaine 1/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great advice to keeping the skin healthy in the winter. I really try to drink a lot of water and apply lotion as much as possible. I have found baby oil works great a couple times a week also.

  • IzzyDuncan 1/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent advice. I'm a transplant to the Midwest and had no idea how the skin dries out over time in snowy climates.

  • penelope7 1/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list of ways to winterize skin. People used to laugh at how much water I drank but it kept my skin moist and kind of clear, even in my reproductive years. Thanks. H5

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