|How to prevent dry skin in cold weather|
Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00Written by Freyda Tartak
With the heat and humidity of the warmer months behind us you are likely to start feeling the skin on your face feel a bit tighter.
Looking in the mirror you are embarrassed to see flakes on your nose and red splotches where there shouldn't be any. It is so easy to forget having to deal with dry skin when the weather is nicer. But, there are some ways to help deal with dry skin in cold weather.
Nothing feels better when it is cold outside than an extra long hot shower or bath. Unfortunately, this is a really great way to dry out your skin. Limiting drastic temperature changes is important in preventing the amount of stress placed on your skin. It is better to not luxuriate in the steamy warmth than to have to constantly fight off flakes. If you really want to pamper yourself, take a cat nap. You'd be surprised at how great they make your skin look.
Dry, dead skin acts makes it harder for healthy skin to stay healthy. Regular removal of dead skin off the top layer is an important way to make sure that the good skin can breath and get what little humidity in the air that there is. But, remember that when removing dead skin you are also removing healthy protective oils. Never leaver your skin naked without quickly replacing a protective layer in the form of a good moisturizer.
Probably the worst thing you can do is slap on moisturizer onto dry skin. Even though it may feel like you are helping yourself, in reality you are sealing in the dryness. It is far better to dampen your skin with some water and pat it dry before applying any moisturizer or lotion. This will improve the product's ability to do what it was designed to do.
Alcohol does not like water. It is extremely drying. Perfume should never be applied directly to the skin. Instead, spray the air and walk through the cloud, allowing your clothes to evenly absorb the scent.
Alcohol and caffeine are huge culprits when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated. So is anything with a high sugar or salt content. Limiting the intact of fluids that sap the body of its moisture will help keep the skin hydrated for longer periods of time.
Increasing fluid consumption is also an important aspect of keeping skin glowing instead of flaky and itchy. It doesn't have to be eight glasses of water if you don't like drinking all that much water. Soups, salads, fruit, vegetables and herbal teas are all great alternatives to just plain boring old water. Instead of reaching for that bag of potato chips, grab an apple. You'll be doing your skin and your waistline a favor.
There are certain vitamins and minerals that go a long way toward improving the overall look of hair and skin. Vitamin E and Aloe are just two examples of must includes. There are others. Do your homework and make sure that they work for your body. For instance, while Tea Tree oil is known to be very beneficial for the skin, too much can affect kidney function. Always consult your doctor or health care practitioner before making any drastic dietary or lifestyle changes.
Dry skin is manageable as long as you educate yourself on what works for your body and reduce known roadblocks such as lack of rest, too much alcohol and caffeine.