Easy Tips for Keeping Your Skin Fresh and Protected During Winter
Vegetarians are known for being healthy and looking youthful. Having fresh, healthy-looking skin helps you preserve overall youthfulness. And who wouldn’t enjoy looking a few years younger?
Cold winter weather is typically dry and can take a toll on a woman’s skin. The low humidity of winter can leave skin dry and itchy.
Fortunately, there are several easy ways to guard against the effects of winter weather and keep your skin feeling moist and youthful all season long. Use these skin-care tips to keep your skin fresh, healthy, and protected so you too, can enjoy that healthy glow:
- Protect your skin. We start by getting your winter skin protection strategy in place.
- Moisturize your skin often with creams or ointments. Switch to moisturizing soaps and avoid deodorant soap. Use hand creams each time after washing hands.
- Dress warm but wear breathable materials against your skin and apply layers that can be removed as you move indoors. Make sure you wear gloves when outdoors.
Keep hydrated. Winter weather is dry and being indoors with the heater on or the fireplace going makes the air even drier. Staying hydrated is a key element for fresh and youthful-looking skin. Water is very effective at flushing the system of free radicals that can cause your skin to look dull and unhealthy.
- Drink the recommended 6-8 glasses of water per day.
- Consume lots of fresh fruits. Besides hydration from the fruit’s natural juice, another skin-enhancing benefit of fruit is its Vitamin C.
- Use a humidifier. A humidifier helps replace the moisture that evaporates in the dry winter air. Use a humidifier in rooms you spend the most time in, like your bedroom or the family room. If you use a wood burning stove to heat your home, keep a kettle full of water on top. The hot water will release steam and help keep the air moist.
- Get proper rest and relaxation. Getting enough sleep and taking a break from the day to day hustle and bustle protects your skin in several ways. Tension and stress show up on your face, causing strained expressions. In addition, when you’re stressed, your skin is more sensitive, leading to acne breakouts and other skin challenges.
- Aim for eight hours of sleep. There’s a direct correlation between how much sleep you get on a regular basis and how healthy your skin is. When you sleep, your body has a chance to heal from the day’s wear and tear. Depriving your body of this necessity interferes with its natural daily maintenance and ages you more quickly.
- Take weekends off if you can. Use your days off to unwind instead of running errands.
- Allocate a budget and a few weeks each year for a vacation.
- Meditate daily or partake regularly in yoga.
- Use sun block. In winter? Yes! On clear days, even if it’s cold, the sun’s rays can still do damage to your skin. If you’re in an area with snow the effect is multiplied as the rays reflect off the white snow. And don’t forget the lip balm!
- Stock up on antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential in banishing damaging free radicals from your system and improving the healthy appearance of your skin.
- Take vitamin supplements that are rich in antioxidants.
- Eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants, like watermelon, berries, spinach, kale, broccoli, and many more.
- If you’re not a fulltime vegetarian, here’s one more reason to become one: meat, saturated fats and highly processed foods with preservatives can contribute to the free radical build up in your body.
These simple, yet effective, tips will help protect your skin and keep it looking fresh, healthy, and youthful. Plus, you can adapt them with very little cost or effort.
How great it is to know that more youthful skin is within reach! Give these techniques a try and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to realize how easily you can achieve – and maintain – the enviable skin you’ve always wanted.