With all this wind and chilly weather your skin can become dry, itchy and uncomfortable in general therefore moisturising is a must for your daily skincare routine.
It’s important to understand how moisturising really works, as well as ensuring that the critical moisture balance within our skin cells is maintained. Without this balance, skin cells aren’t able to function properly – ultimately impacting elasticity, collagen, texture, skin tone and the overall well-being of your complexion.
Here are a few natural ways to keep your skin moisturised against the cold, dry air of winter.
1. Natural oil moisturisers: Avoid conventional lotions and creams that contain alcohol. The alcohol can dry out your skin cells. You should consider using natural oils that contain no alcohol and nourish your cells to keep them healthy and truly moisturised. The best natural oil moisturisers are coconut oil, jojoba oil and hemp seed oil. Coconut oil feeds your cells to keep them moisturised and healthy. Jojoba oil is a humectant and a natural thin wax. The humectant properties draw moisture to the top layers of your skin to keep your skin cells moisturised from within your body. The wax-like properties of jojoba oil create a thicker protective barrier against wind damage to your skin to keep it from becoming dehydrated. Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids that help keep your skin cells healthy and glowing.
2. Keep your body hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water, or watered-down fruit juices to keep your body hydrated. The skin is about 10-20 percent water, so internal hydration is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy in winter.
3. Don’t let your house get too dry. When you kick on the heater, the air in your home dries out, and the moisture in your skin evaporates quickly. Use a vaporizer or humidifier to keep indoor air moisturised to prevent your skin from drying out.
4. Facials: If your skin does appear dry, try a little steam facial or warm compresses to push moisture back into your skin cells. Make sure to apply a natural oil after your treatment to lock in the moisture so your skin looks and feels healthy. Steam treatments also increase circulation in the skin, so moisture is coming at your skin both internally and externally.
5. Avoid avoid avoid! Finally, avoid the baddies that dry out the skin, such as sun exposure (yes, even in winter you need to use a sunscreen) and pollution, stress, poor diet, and substances such as tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.