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Maintaining your healthy skin throughout winter

Maintaining your healthy skin throughout winter

With winter comes chilly winds, grey skies and getting pelted with rain every time you forget your umbrella. When you're cold, it's unlikely you'll feel too flash, let alone up to slathering frosty skin with lotions and creams on your face. All you want to do is to crawl into the warmth of your blanket cave and curl up.

Of course, that's the wrong way to tackle winter - you'll wake up in the morning having had an extra five minutes of cuddly warmth, but also dry skin to go along with it.

The winter weather is harsh on our skin. We are subjected to cold winds whipping not only our hair but exposed face and hands. Lips get chapped, cheeks get dry and hands get a little chafed - it's not a pretty sight.

So, what can we do to combat the effects of cold weather on our skin? We can't change the season, but we can take preventative and protective measures to look after our skin, hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle.

Does your skin have enough moisture?Does your skin have enough moisture?

Hydration, hydration, hydration

Ignore the location, focus on hydration! Your body produces the necessary oils to support your skin's moisture barrier where it's needed, and to help supplement the hydration in this matrix, you need to drink enough water on a regular basis. The universally recognised amount is around eight glasses a day, but to be honest, it highly depends on your metabolism, diet, health and body size. If you feel thirsty (not including times after exercise), then it's a key sign that you're already dehydrated.

Hydration doesn't just include drinking water, however. You need to consider your diet and environment, too. Does your diet contain enough green veggies and fruits? Many of these foods have high water content, and supplement your moisture levels without the need to chug down gallons of water. The air that you live in is also important. If your health allows it, get a humidifier in your room. It adds moisture to the dry air, but you have to be careful to allow for ample circulation, or excess moisture can lead to mould and other unwanted problems.

Don't crank the heaters up too high, rather, put on more clothes. This is not only a more economically savvy way to stay warm, but will prevent the hot air from drying out your skin.

Bottoms up

If you have trouble drinking water, there are many small tips and tricks you can implement to help. Firstly, cut out any other drinks you may have with meals, and replace them with water instead. You can still have your wine with your Sunday roast, but make sure you also have a few glasses of water. It's the best drink to complement food, and can easily wash down those peas you aren't too fond of.

A glass of water can complement any meal you have.A glass of water can complement any meal you have.

Having a regular routine will help you remember to consume water regularly. But, it can still be difficult if you're not a fan of drinking water, or rather, the metallic taste of water from the tap. Pop a few pieces of fruit to flavour the water - a few drops of concentrated juice cordial will work just as well.

Consider getting a tap or bottle filter too, as this can help to remove the acidic taste that some find in tap water.

While water exhibits physical benefits on your face and skin, it's also doing wonders for your internal system. You'll find that ample hydration helps with healthy bodily functions, and ensures your immune system is active and performing its best.

Slip, slop, slap

Just like prepping your skin with sun lotion before going out in summer, you'll still need to lotion up during the darker days of winter.

Don't forget sun protection - harmful UV rays can still penetrate through thick winter clouds.

This is because the chilly winds bring dryness, although the skies may be streaming rain constantly. Dry skin is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing, as it can create fine lines and wrinkles. Keep your face taught, plump and filled with moisture by using the right facial products - this applies to men too! Your skin health is just as important to any woman's.

Thicker creams are required at night, whilst you may employ the use of a lighter cream in the morning. Before and after you go outside, you'll also need to reapply, just to protect your skin from the elements.

Make sure the products are right for your skin - you could be oily, dry, sensitive, normal, or perhaps even a combination of all those. Most facial skin products will be labeled as such.

Lastly, don't forget about your hands and lips! A thick, non-greasy hand lotion and SPF protectant lip balm will be a staple during your cold days.

Sun protection is still important during winter.Sun protection is still important during winter.

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Maintaining your healthy skin throughout winter

With winter comes chilly winds, grey skies and getting pelted with rain every time you forget your umbrella. When you're cold, it's unlikely you'll feel too flash, let alone up to slathering frosty skin with lotions and creams on your face. All you want to do is to crawl into the warmth of your blanket cave and curl up.

Of course, that's the wrong way to tackle winter - you'll wake up in the morning having had an extra five minutes of cuddly warmth, but also dry skin to go along with it.

The winter weather is harsh on our skin. We are subjected to cold winds whipping not only our hair but exposed face and hands. Lips get chapped, cheeks get dry and hands get a little chafed - it's not a pretty sight.

So, what can we do to combat the effects of cold weather on our skin? We can't change the season, but we can take preventative and protective measures to look after our skin, hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle.

Does your skin have enough moisture?Does your skin have enough moisture?

Hydration, hydration, hydration

Ignore the location, focus on hydration! Your body produces the necessary oils to support your skin's moisture barrier where it's needed, and to help supplement the hydration in this matrix, you need to drink enough water on a regular basis. The universally recognised amount is around eight glasses a day, but to be honest, it highly depends on your metabolism, diet, health and body size. If you feel thirsty (not including times after exercise), then it's a key sign that you're already dehydrated.

Hydration doesn't just include drinking water, however. You need to consider your diet and environment, too. Does your diet contain enough green veggies and fruits? Many of these foods have high water content, and supplement your moisture levels without the need to chug down gallons of water. The air that you live in is also important. If your health allows it, get a humidifier in your room. It adds moisture to the dry air, but you have to be careful to allow for ample circulation, or excess moisture can lead to mould and other unwanted problems.

Don't crank the heaters up too high, rather, put on more clothes. This is not only a more economically savvy way to stay warm, but will prevent the hot air from drying out your skin.

Bottoms up

If you have trouble drinking water, there are many small tips and tricks you can implement to help. Firstly, cut out any other drinks you may have with meals, and replace them with water instead. You can still have your wine with your Sunday roast, but make sure you also have a few glasses of water. It's the best drink to complement food, and can easily wash down those peas you aren't too fond of.

A glass of water can complement any meal you have.A glass of water can complement any meal you have.

Having a regular routine will help you remember to consume water regularly. But, it can still be difficult if you're not a fan of drinking water, or rather, the metallic taste of water from the tap. Pop a few pieces of fruit to flavour the water - a few drops of concentrated juice cordial will work just as well.

Consider getting a tap or bottle filter too, as this can help to remove the acidic taste that some find in tap water.

While water exhibits physical benefits on your face and skin, it's also doing wonders for your internal system. You'll find that ample hydration helps with healthy bodily functions, and ensures your immune system is active and performing its best.

Slip, slop, slap

Just like prepping your skin with sun lotion before going out in summer, you'll still need to lotion up during the darker days of winter.

Don't forget sun protection - harmful UV rays can still penetrate through thick winter clouds.

This is because the chilly winds bring dryness, although the skies may be streaming rain constantly. Dry skin is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing, as it can create fine lines and wrinkles. Keep your face taught, plump and filled with moisture by using the right facial products - this applies to men too! Your skin health is just as important to any woman's.

Thicker creams are required at night, whilst you may employ the use of a lighter cream in the morning. Before and after you go outside, you'll also need to reapply, just to protect your skin from the elements.

Make sure the products are right for your skin - you could be oily, dry, sensitive, normal, or perhaps even a combination of all those. Most facial skin products will be labeled as such.

Lastly, don't forget about your hands and lips! A thick, non-greasy hand lotion and SPF protectant lip balm will be a staple during your cold days.

Sun protection is still important during winter.Sun protection is still important during winter.
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