With winter creeping up on us, the effects of the dry air (and even drier heat!) are about to wreak havoc on our skin! The result: dull, dry, ashy skin and even more breakouts, since dry skin both puts our skin in oil-making overdrive and clogs pores, too!
To ensure your skin looks and feels soft, supple and moisturized all winter long, these are the four things you need to do…
1. Drink more water.
You’ve likely heard this before, but it bears repeating: your skin’s health starts from the inside out. As the temperature drops and you start spending more time in the drying elements, be sure to drink just as much water as you would on a swelteringly hot day. You may not crave a tall glass of water, but your skin sure does — and, as your body’s largest organ, it’s one of the first places to show the signs of dehydration.
2. Eat more fat.
Winter weather often has us naturally craving heavier foods; it’s part of how our bodies naturally gear up for harsh winters! But in addition to digging into grounding root vegetables and warming soups, add more healthy fats to your diet. Avocados, coconut oil and nuts are all great ways to ensure skin stays supple from the inside out.
Dull winter skin is most often the result of dead, dull skin cells sticking to the surface of your skin. The key to soft, supple, moisturized skin: exfoliating them away! For three all-natural DIY beauty recipes to exfoliate your face, body and lips, click here!
4. Use coconut oil.
It’s not just great for eating, it’s also one of the best all-natural skin care secrets. With lauric acid to gently exfoliate skin while deeply hydrating, coconut oil is one of the best ways to moisturize dry skin. Plus, it’s all natural! Apply to damp skin after a shower or bath for hydrated skin immediately!
What are some of your all-natural beauty secrets for dry winter skin?
by Alexis Wolfer, founder and editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean.com, an online women’s magazine founded in January of 2010 to bring women their beauty, fashion, fitness and wellness fix in a way designed to make them feel better about themselves.