Freezing temperatures and dry air can leave your skin flaky, fragile, and dull. But don't despair: follow these simple skin care tips to get your skin healthy and glowing in no time.
1. Moisturize more
Icy air outdoors and dry heat indoors can leave skin dry and flaky. Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream every morning and evening, after bathing or showering, or whenever you notice your skin becoming dry. It's best to moisturize when your skin is slightly damp, because this locks in the moisture. If you're acne-prone, make sure to use an oil-free moisturizer. If your skin is normally dry, switch to a richer moisturizing cream in the winter.
When the weather's colder, it can be hard to remember to drink enough fluids, but staying hydrated is essential to keeping your skin firm and healthy. Aim for at least 6-8 glasses of water per day. If you don't enjoy drinking plain water, try tea (full of health-boosting antioxidants) or coconut water (rich in hydrating electrolytes and minerals).
3. Eat for your skin
Holiday stress and chilly temperatures have all of us reaching for rich comfort foods and sugary holiday treats. But indulging in these foods at every meal isn't the best choice for your health-- and the simple sugars and carbohydrates in these foods can actually make your skin worse. Instead, try eating a varied diet rich in fruits and veggies, healthy fats, whole grains and fiber. Pay special attention to foods containing these skin-boosting nutrients:
Vitamin A: sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, dark leafy greens. Healthy fats: walnuts, flax seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, tuna, salmon.
Antioxidants: beans, blueberries, cranberries, apples, dark leafy greens, tea, dark chocolate, grapes, fish.
In addition, try avoiding excess salt, which can leave your skin puffy and bloated, and dairy, which studies have shown can result in inflammation.
4. Get some ZZZs
Sleep is essential to giving your body time to renew and detoxify itself and replenish your skin. Skimping on sleep can leave your skin without adequate time to heal and replenish itself. If you have trouble falling asleep, try keeping electronics out of the bedroom (the excess noise and light are distracting) or skip coffee in the afternoon.
5. Exercise smart
Exercise can help your skin in a number of ways-- but it can also sabotage your skin care. A good sweat session can boost circulation, reduce stress, improve organ function and help you sleep better, all of which lead to better skin. Try walking, running, yoga, dance, biking, or whatever you love to do. Just make sure to clean your face thoroughly right after your exercise session; otherwise your sweat can cause acne and block your pores.