5 Ways to Keep Skin Happy in the Winter

Winter is here! Check out these 5 ways to keep your skin at it's best when the weather isn't on your side...

1. Moisturize

This one should be obvious as the cold weather dries out skin quickly as seen with our chapped lips. Not moisturizing is what causes skin to look dull and lackluster, even leading to a peeling or flaky face. My recommendation? Using a moisturizer twice a day which does not contain any salicylic acid because this can suck the moisture out of the skin quickly. Yes, I know that it helps oily skin but trust me, I have oily skin too and it tends to hurt more than help. If you’re willing to go the extra mile invest in a little bit of vitamin E oil. It is cheap and a vitamin that many of us are missing.

2. Hydrate

Yet another obvious and something that you should be doing all year long. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day has many proven health benefits including giving you extra energy, keeping you full longer, and giving your skin that dewy glow that you deserve. The body is made up of 75% water so naturally water is something that you continuously need.

3. Exfoliate

But just a little bit! We tend to go a little over board with exfoliating especially with that apricot peach scrub. While it is important to exfoliate the dry, dead skin that inevitably accompanies winter, overdoing it can dry out the skin WAY TOO much. If you’re not sure what kind of exfoliator to use make a natural one at home out of honey and sugar. It can be used everywhere and gives you a natural glow. Bonus: You can lick it off of your lips afterwards!

4. Go Outside

Yes, I know you would rather be inside with a hot cup of pumpkin spice latte rewatching Supernatural but your skin is craving vitamin D. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day it is essential for your skin to get some sun plus you won’t look like a vampire. Vitamin D deficiencies are one of the most common causes of illness in the winter months. In addition to physical illness lack of Vitamin D has been found to lead to depression since there is less sun during this time to begin with.

5. Turn Down the Heat

I know you are literally shivering at the thought of turning down the heat right now but it is so essential and will help you cut down on your gas bill. First, turn down the heat in the shower to more of a lukewarm temperature just so it’s warm enough to tolerate. Temperatures that are too high can damage or even scar skin. Second, turn down your heater. The heat created can dry out skin quickly as well as the potential damage of infrared rays emitted by certain heaters. Instead, opt for an extra layer of blankets and hot tea to keep you cozy.

Georgia Cross is currently studying technical writing in Los Angeles. She currently has her associates degree in audio engineering, and is a freelance audio engineer when she isn't writing. You can follow her on Instagram @BlondeAndWhatnot.

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