Winterizing Your Skin Care Routine: Part 1 – Body Care
Posted Dec 08 2011 3:53pm
As the temperatures outside are getting colder and the air in our homes and offices is getting drier, our skin may start feeling dry, itchy, flaky and uncomfortable. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With just a few changes in your body care routine, you can dramatically improve the health of your skin during winter.
Here are 8 ways to winterizing you body care routine as well as some fun DIY skin care ideas:
Exfoliation removes the outer layer of dead cells from the skin and leaves it feeling smoother and fresher looking. Gently dry brushing your skin with a dry brush before taking a shower is the easiest way to exfoliate the skin on your body. You can also make a body scrub yourself – see the recipe below. However, make sure to not over-exfoliate or over- scrub your skin!
Hot water strips the natural oils from your skin and as a result your skin dries out. You don’t need to eliminate the bath altogether – keep your showers and baths short and use lukewarm water instead of hot.
Bubble bath products (even the once that are made for kids) often contain harsh chemicals that dry out skin. So, unless you are 100% sure that the bubble bath product you are using is free from irritating ingredients, just skip it and use the DIY Milk Bath instead – see the recipe below.
Rubbing irritates the skin and strips away the natural oils from your skin. Gently pat dry your skin and leave it a little bit damp.
The moisturizer will lock in the moister in your skin. Apply it within 3 minutes of stepping out of the shower. Use a moisturizer that is free from parabens, harsh chemicals, essential oils and heavy perfumes.
Essential fatty acids nourish your skin from the inside out. They improve the natural protective oil layer of your skin and help to retain more water in your skin. Choose a high quality Omega 3 supplement.
Water provides hydration of the skin from inside out. In winter, we tend to drink less water then in summer because it’s cold and we don’t feel like drinking. Make an effort to drink at least 2 litres (8 cups) of water every day. If you think that water is too bland, add in some lemon, cucumber, or a splash of fruit juice to boost the flavor.
An air humidifier adds back moister into the air and therefore helps improve the symptoms of dry skin. There are many different types of air humidifiers, so do your research before you buy. You can also start by placing bowls of water throughout your home.
Important! Always use up all of your homemade skin care products as soon as you prepare them. Never store them (even in the fridge) as they can grow harmful bacteria.
You will need:
¼ cup of sugar
¼ cup of honey
1 Tbsp of olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
Mix together all the ingredients. Add more sugar if needed. Gently rub on your body and rinse with water.
You will need:
1 cup of powdered milk
½ cup of instant oatmeal
Put the powdered milk into the bathtub filled with water. Make sure it dissolves. Put instant oatmeal on a piece of cheese cloth; close it up with an elastic band and place it into the bathtub. Leave it for about 30 minutes. Soak in the bath for 20 minutes.