5 Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Glowing All Winter

Most people look forward to this time of the year because of the wonderful holiday season. However, many people may begin to dread all the of season's social events if their skin is looking less than stellar.

The winter season can be very harsh on our skin with low humidity and cold, dry air. Without proper care, your skin can begin to peel, crack, and even bleed. Here are some great tips to help you maintain your "summer glow" all winter long.

1. Wash your face and body with warm water

Sure, a nice hot bath or shower feels great, but it can also deplete your skin of natural oils that help to keep the skin healthy. Opt for lukewarm water - especially when washing your face - to help hold in some of your natural moisture.

2. Moisturize directly after washing

While lathering your body from head to toe with a good moisturizing lotion may seem like a pain, it is well worth the extra couple of minutes to help lock out the dry air and lock in the moisture. Forgetting to moisturize even once can wreak havoc on certain skin types.

If you have especially dry skin, or if you have a skin irritation such as eczema, keep a bottle of lotion right by your tub or shower so that you can apply it while your skin is still damp. This one step alone may be the most important part of your daily skincare routine in the winter.

3. Use a humidifier

The heater in your home will most definitely dry out the air. If you start to notice the inside of your nose feeling overly dry, your skin starting to itch, or that your skin feels dry to the touch, it would be a good idea to turn on a humidifier or two. This will add much needed moisture to the air.

4. Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliating your skin will help slough off dead skin cells, but it is a step we often neglect. Moisture can't penetrate the skin if you have too many dead skin cells. Finding a good exfoliating mask for your face and hands will go a long way in helping the most visible parts of your body. For the less visible areas - and often the most itchy and dry areas - a good loofah exfoliating scrubber is key. You can pair it with a nice exfoliating body wash as well.

5. Put the good stuff in

Hydrating your body with water is essential for maintaining your body's moisture levels. You should be drinking half of your body's weight in water daily. Also, choose foods that have higher water content such as watermelon, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges and apples.

It's also important to remember foods and supplements that help keep the skin healthy such as omega-3 and omega-6 supplements or fatty fish, flaxseeds, nuts and avocados. These foods and supplements will give your body the building blocks it needs to build healthy cells and a healthy skin barrier. These types of foods can help prevent certain types of dry skin conditions.

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