Wintertime brings along with it a number of problems along with the cold weather. The one I will discuss in this post is dry skin. Lets face it, as one gets higher in years the skin we wear starts to lose elasticity and the ability to retain moisture. Our diet and daily grooming habits have an impact on our skin.
While hot showers are especially comforting in the wintertime, they also are a factor in causing dry skin. Taking hot showers causes our skin pores to open wide which results in the skin oil being more easily washed off, the end result is dry skin. So rather than taking the long hot shower, a quicker cooler temperature shower will result in lower complaints of dry skin.
The soaps we use to bathe and wash our hands are also culprits in the battle against dry skin. Harsh soaps that contain glycolic acid are particularly rough on the skin and will cause dryness. In higher strengths glycolic acid is used by dermatologists to perform chemical skin peels. While soaps have a weaker concentration of glycolic acid it is still not something one should use for everyday bathing purposes. Instead seek out natural soaps with fewer ingredients and ones that include items such as cocoa butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, or glycerin.
Look for skin moisturizers that do not contain parabens, pthalates, or sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates as these ingredients come with the possibility of other potential side effects from their use. As the same with the soap look for natural moisturizers containing cocoa butter, coconut oil, or aloe vera. Best time to apply moisturizers is right after taking a bath and on a regular basis if (2 or more times per day) to maintain your skins moisture levels.
Diet is also a consideration for preventing dry skin. Excess consumption of alcohol and caffeine can lead to a dehydrated body, which causes dry skin. So in addition to laying off the alcohol and coffee drinking plenty of water helps with preventing dry skin. Another way to prevent dry skin is by eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Foods like certain fish, avocadoes and walnuts all contain omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil supplements can be taken as well to obtain omega-3 fatty acids. Foods consumed which are rich in zinc, vitamin A and E like broccoli, carrots, beans and certain meats also are beneficial for your skin.
So while the warmer humid air of summer are a number of months away, eating right, bathing right and moisturizing your skin will retains a healthy glow during the winter months.