It’s winter time in the Northern Hemisphere, which in many places means that it’s cold outside and dry inside due to heating, both leading to skin dehydration. Many people also take long hot showers to warm up from the cold outside, which dehydrates the skin because of osmosis and the removal of skin oils that keep your skin healthy. As you can tell, winter is not the best time for our skin. Luckily however, there are some natural cures for dry skin that can help keep your skin smooth and beautiful throughout the winter. Let’s have a look at how you can keep you skin glowing this winter using natural remedies.
Drink Ample Water
Skin hydration starts from inside your body. If you don’t consume enough water, your skin will more easily suffer from dehydration. While you might not feel as thirsty as on a hot summer day, your body still needs a lot of water (1.5 to 2 liters) to stay hydrated during winter.
Eat Fatty Foods Containing Omega-3
When we say eat fatty foods, we don’t mean you should rush off to McDonald’s. You want to consume a lot of omega-3 fatty acids because these are very healthy for your skin and body. Foods that include high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids include sardines, flax seeds, grass-fed beef, wild rice, walnuts and different types of fish. Make sure to add some of these foods to your diet during winter time.
Besides adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet, you should try to maintain an overall healthy diet. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits and avoid any foods that contain a lot of sugars and refined grains.
Moisturize With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil works great as a natural moisturizer for many people. Just apply some coconut oil to any dry spots you have on your skin a few times a day. Be careful if you want to apply it to your face however, because it might make you break out if you are prone to acne. Other oils such as olive oil and avocado oil are also great for your skin when applied topically.
Get Some Exercise
Getting regular exercise has numerous health benefits, including improving your complexion. Consider going for a run or to the gym during your lunch break, or walk to work instead of driving to get some daily exercise.
Take Shorter Showers
As mentioned before, long hot showers make your skin dry out, so try to keep your showers short and don’t turn up the heat too much. We know this might be tough, especially if you’ve been out in the cold, but this will help your skin look so much better.
There you go, some all natural ways to keep your skin in good shape throughout the winter. If you are suffering from more serious skin problems, or these natural remedies don’t solve your dry skin problem, you might want to see a dermatologist for professional advice on how to deal with your dry skin.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, a Sugar Land dental office. Zane thinks his skin gets way too dry in the winter.
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