I could tell winter was coming just by the way my skin was feeling. The humid summer evenings seemed to turn to arid winter days that left my skin dry and parched.
The cool winter winds coupled with central heating is a double whammy, sucking the moisture from your skin. This often leaves your skin dry, itchy and flaky. If not protected from the drying effects of winter conditions, your skin may be permanently damaged.
To prevent excessive moisture loss and keep your youthful appearance try the following tips:
1. Drink plenty of water: Supply your body with adequate moisture by drinking eight 250 ml glasses of water per day. Moisture loss really can not be prevented, so, provide additional moisture for your skin to draw upon to prevent dryness.
2. Take short warm showers: Taking long hot showers will rob your skin of its natural oils. Not only will your skin thank you your electricity bill will thank you to!
3. Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers: Choose mild ones to avoid excessive drying and stripping of your natural oils.
4. Moisturize your skin: While it is still damp, once your shower is complete. This helps keep the succulence in the skin instead of permitting the water to evaporate from the surface. Use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. If you have problem areas extra attention with emollient cream can help provide much needed relief.
5. Use a sun screen: Just because summer is finished, do not over look the value of a sun screen. To protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, apply a block with a minimum SPF 15. Do not forget about your lips. Prevent chapped lips by using a SPF 15 on your lips as well!
6. Use a humidifier: Using a humidifier will put more moisture in to the air thereby slowing the moisture loss from your skin.
Protect your skin from harsh winter conditions. Taking care of your skin is important and an investment in the future. A simple routine can prevent damage and leave your skin care healthy and feeling hydrated throughout the arid Canadian winter.