A cold front has swept through the nation and temps are below freezing here in Kentucky. This certainly doesn’t deter my children from playing outside in the fluffy white stuff, but During the winter, dry indoor heat and low humidity outdoors can combine to cause itchy, dry skin. Needless to say, skincare during winter can be a challenge!
To take care of your family’s skin this winter, try a combination of natural approaches and tried-and-true products to work inside and out on keeping your face, eyes, lips, body and hair moisturized through the winter months.
Eat healthy fats. You can’t expect your skin to be moist if it isn’t being nourished on the inside. Flax and fish oils are good for internal moisturizing. Eat nuts, too, and other foods high in “good” fats such as avocado. Dip your bread in olive oil or hummus and make salad dressing from safflower, almond, or olive oil for more healthy fats.
Drink water. Sometimes we get so busy hydrating our outsides that we forget about the inside. Skin needs water to be plump and smooth. Be sure to get your 6 to 8 glasses a day, even in the winter when you aren’t necessarily thirsty.
If you like to add a little extra flavor to your water but don’t want to pack on any calories or add sugar, Cool Gear has some handy water flavor infuser products. These BPA-free products like the Cool Gear 23-ounce Flavor Infusor Tumbler are perfect for adding sliced fruit, herbs or vegetables to your drink without fuss or mess in clean-up after. If you prefer a hot drink, the Cool Gear Tea Infuser (one of our favorites) helps you quickly brew up your favorite loose tea or herbal tea at home or on-the-go.
Humidify your home’s air. You can do this with a commercial humidifier, but there are other tips and tricks for increasing your home’s humidity. You can dry your laundry indoors on a line, for instance (this used to be called “drip-drying”). You can also leave a pot or kettle of hot water on your heater or wood stove (safety permitting), or even just open in the room. It will evaporate and increase the humidity even if there is no heat source near it.
Apply sweet almond oil or coconut oil to your skin after a bath or shower. These natural oils are wonderful for the skin, and they are completely natural. Children and even babies can usually tolerate sweet almond or coconut oil on their skin.
Cut back on soap. Most of us lather up and scrub in a hot shower or bath without really thinking about it. But your skin does not need to be scrubbed with harsh soap daily. Reserve deodorant soap for key areas of your body, such as under your arms and on the bottom of your feet, and use a mild cleanser on the rest of your skin.
Soaps that are olive or vegetable oil-based are moisturizing and cleansing. You don’t necessarily have to use any soap on your body for much of the week. Just a light loofa or net sponge in water is often enough to keep winter skin healthy. Use the mild cleanser on your body once or twice a week.
Use a variety of gentle products to help protect and hydrate your skin, hair, lips and body. The key is to moisturize and protect! Keep in mind that the sun can be harsh in the winter and choosing moisturizer with added SPF protection can help keep your skin protected against all the elements.
How do you combat the harsh effects of winter in your skincare routine?
|Cool Gear Flavor Infuser products including the Tea Infuser (lower left hand corner) may be found at www.coolgearinc.com|
Special thanks to Cool Gear for sending along samples of flavor infuser products. We are not obligated in any way to provide a review, simply sharing details of this product as we found it highly beneficial for supporting winter hydration. All thoughts and opinions are that of Rural Mom.