Winter has definitely arrived, at least here in Norway, and it’s important to take extra good care of your skin during the winter months. Winter weather causes stress to the skin, and the changes between cold outdoor climate and dry indoor air cause the skin to have problems retaining moisture.
The first thing you have to do is stay warm. Forget what’s in fashion, and put some clothes on. Cover your ears, neck and hands with a hat, scarf, and gloves. Use natural materials that keep the skin dry and warm. Cotton helps to reduce moisture loss from the skin and is convenient to use as the layer closest to the skin. Wool keeps you warm and works great as an outer layer.
Dry skin is dependent on humidity and fat. Since it is difficult to protect the face from the cold temperatures, it’s important to use a fatty cream with low or no water content. But don’t put on that moisturizer just before going out the door. You have to give it time to absorb first. Going outside with water on your skin, no matter how little, is not a good idea in these temperatures. Remember those lips as well, and your hands. They also take a beating at this time of year.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and allows the moisturizer to absorb more easily. Scrub your body and your face and apply a good layer of lotion or body butter. Don’t forget your lips; they tend to become dry and cracked. Scrub and finish with a rich ChapStick or lip ointment.
Healthy from the inside
Help your skin from within by eating the right foods. Make sure to eat enough healthy sources of fat daily. This can be fish, avocados or nuts. A good tip is to add healthy oil when cooking meat or in salads, like a good olive oil. If you want to try your hand at making your own products from herbs, here are a few links to recipes you can use: Nourishing cream with Avocado Hand Cream Strawberry Lip Ointment
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