ACHIEVING JUST ENOUGH MOISTURISATION FOR YOUR SKIN

During winter and low humidity levels, there is decrease in air moisture which may lead to cracking and bleeding of skin. Application of additional moisturizer helps, but some practices should be adopted to counteract the effects of low humidity and keep skin looking supple.

BATH IN LUKEWARM WATER

As enticing as it sounds to have a hot bath during winter, it is not always a good idea as hot baths rid the skin of its natural oil. As permissible as possible, baths should be taken with lukewarm water and a mild soap.

MOISTURIZE IMMEDIATELY AFTER A BATH

After a nice bath, a moisturizer should be applied almost immediately afterwards to the damp skin, this goes a long way to seal in skin moisture.

CHOOSE APPROPRIATE MOISTURIZER

During winter, avoid petroleum based moisturizers. This is because they can further dry your skin .rather choose a smart formula that  is oil based and has natural, nourishing ingredients.

 SKIN LAYERING

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Wear gloves made of rubber or a similar material when washing dishes, since hot water and soap contribute to dry skin.

USE HUMIDIFIERS NOT OPEN FLAME

Heating systems dry out the air and is the fastest way to dry out your skin. While a campfire may be fun in colder temperatures, make sure you are not too close to a dry heat sources like this. Consider installing a humidifier or similar appliance in your home, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

HYDRATE

We tend to drink less water in the winter because perspiration is low, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. Staying hydrated with water is key. Drink at least 2 liters of water every day also eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Examples are watermelon, oranges, tomatoes and cucumbers.

OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZE ROUTINE

Consider applying a deep moisturizing balm to the extremities {hands and legs} then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

 EXFOLIATE          

Exfoliate often to get rid of dead skin cells in the winter. Absence of dead skin cells increases the chances of moisture permeating into the skin. A bath should follow after exfoliation then moisturizing done lastly to seal in skin moisture.

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