Ever since we moved to Wisconsin last year, I’ve been looking forward to the winter. I’m one of those crazy people who literally loves the snow and colder weather! But one thing I don’t particularly love about winter is how harsh it can be on my skin. This is especially true because I have sensitive skin and am prone to eczema, dry skin (thank you, thyroid issues!), and redness flair-ups. Add in the masks, wind and negative temperatures and man alive, it’s so rough on skin. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite winter skin tips from my dermatologist!
Taking care of our skin doesn’t only refer to looks, our skin is one of the most important parts of our body. And did you know the skin is actually our biggest organ? It protects us from the environmental elements that could prove harmful to the rest of the parts of the body. Having said that, skin-care goals have always been synonymous with anti-aging or youthful glow so it’s no surprise why people are putting justifiable importance on their skin and its health. Here are some tips to keep your skin’s youthful glow and health:
Keeping your skin well hydrated can help in maintaining its health and youthful glow. It can be troublesome when you deal with red, irritated, scaly, and dry skin like me. Your skin’s lipid barrier is responsible for locking in moisture which prevents the sensitive skin layers from getting damaged. There are simple changes or tweaks in your lifestyle that can reverse the effects of dry skin, here are some of them:
First things first, drink plenty of water. This means, avoiding coffee, alcohol, or any beverage that’s not water. Your skin is made up of 30 percent water, so it’s important that you replenish some of it back. I drink coffee because it is magic bean juice that makes the momma engine work, but I also make sure to drink water throughout the day. In fact, it’s part of my pre-surgical plan for weight loss, too!
You may want to check your skincare products, particularly your cleansers. Some of these cleansers remove essential oil when you wash your face so it leaves your skin exposed to the elements. You may want to switch to oil-based cleansers to maintain moisturization even if you’re washing dirt and pollutants off your skin.
One thing my dermatologist pointed out to me was that using skin products with essential oils can actually do more damage than solve, too. It might make it smell good – but it can actually cause more irritation. He recommended I switch my skin products to CeraVe, and it’s made a huge difference!
Applying hydration products to your skin is also an effective way to keep your skin getting adequate moisture for its needs. You can use hydrating sleep masks or whip something up using basic ingredients found in the kitchen. Using plant-based oils and other naturally-occurring products is better than their chemical counterparts.
When you feel like your skin is getting dry or dull, then you know it’s time for some much-needed TLC. Drive up to your nearest wellness spa and skin clinic to consult with your specialists on maintaining your skin’s health and youth. Advanced technology and optimized methods have shown promise in recent years in helping people take a positive journey for their skin. I have not done this myself since moving to Wisconsin, but it’s definitely one of the winter skin tips that every woman should consider! If you’ve got a recommendation for a place to go in southeastern Wisconsin, let me know!
What you eat, how much sleep you’re getting, and coping up with stress play a major factor in having healthy and youthful skin. Research suggests that a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables helps stave off premature aging and repair damages to the skin. Also, reduced calorie-intake, particularly sugar, can reduce the aging process.
In the last few weeks, I’ve cut out meat from our family diet and have drastically reduced the amount of cheese we have been eating (which is really the only dairy we have, aside from the occasional Greek yogurt or cottage cheese). I’ve noticed my skin clearing up and looking brighter. Now to just cut out the sugar … gulp!
Aside from food, getting enough rest and exercise, which many of us tend to take for granted, is a major factor in your skin’s health. Have you seen sleep-deprived people? Their lack of sleep is clearly shown in their faces and their skin (hello dark circles under the eyes!).
Exercise also helps with coping up with stress, which consequently gives you a good night’s sleep and improves your overall immunity. What you do in your day-to-day life affects how healthy your skin becomes. I’ll be honest – my exercise right now consists of chasing after pigs and chickens or snowplowing my driveway. But! We just cleared out a space in our basement for a home gym, so, I’m excited to put that together.
This is one of the most important winter skin tips I can pass on: wear sunscreen! Everyone needs to go outdoors, especially during this crazy pandemic. And while you’re there, don’t forget to put on sunscreen. Even if we do find shade under the trees or some coverings, invisible UV rays can still damage your skin as it bounces off surfaces – especially like white snow. That is why, aside from wearing clothes with sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat, adequate amounts of sunscreen is necessary to protect your skin from accelerated aging and significant damages. I put a daily CeraVe moisturizing sunscreen on every day!
Even if you’ve already sustained premature aging and damages, you can still turn things around by doing simple changes in your life. Protect your skin, as it protects you, and keep it healthy by giving it a chance to repair itself.