Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day so be careful from cold. A little effort can go a long way in getting soft, healthy skin.  Before your skin has a chance to feel the effects of the cold bolster your skin care routine with these natural tips that will keep it feeling invigorated, fresh and soft skin. These personal takes on different health topics can make advice a little relatable to people.

1. Wash in Lukewarm Water

Taking hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face. and avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.  Once you have taken a lukewarm shower, apply a moisturizer. This will keep the moisture barrier dryness.

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2. Choose Moisturizer Carefully

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a good moisturizer. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution.

 

 

3. Stay Hydrated 

Be it inside your home or outside, the air is drier in winter. And as a result, water evaporates from your body easily. Hence, you need to keep your skin hydrated. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home. We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

 

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4. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards

Your skin not only needs more moisture but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.

 

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6. Change Your Cleanser

Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.

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7. Use DIY Masks

Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.

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