• Tue, Nov 16 2010

Dry, Cracked, and Cold: How to Keep Your Skin Healthy This Winter

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Is anyone else’s skin very different right now than it was in the summer? Our delicate skin just can’t get used to the dry indoor heat and the harsh winds outside. But rather than buy into the beauty myth that the winter months require an arsenal of new skincare products, GOOD has got seven ways to make sure your skin looks and feels good during the coming winter months.

1. Moisturize: While this one seems like a no-brainer, your skin can dry out quickly in the winter. Moisturize daily and bring a travel size tube of lotion whenever you’re going to be outside for a while.

2. Wash less often: This is going to be a hard piece of advice to follow for all you shower addicts, but over washing your skin takes away the protective oils and good bacteria that your skin needs. It also just generally aggravates it. Since you’ll be sweating in the sun a lot less often in the coming months, see that as a reason to skip the tub.

3. Skip the acids: This winter, kiss beta hydroxy acid, alpha hydroxy acid, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and intense scrub-sessions goodbye. Losing your top layer of skin makes you more vulnerable to cracking and drying, which speeds up the aging process in the long run.

4. Get fat: Well, don’t actually become overweight. But in the winter your body will crave fats, and you should indulge yourself (with healthy fats like omega-3s). Eating foods like salmon, sardines, olive oil, and walnuts will keep your skin hydrated.

5. Boost your digestion: Eating raw may work in the summer, but in the winter your body needs warm, calming foods (and those fats up there). Otherwise, you may be seeing the side effects in your face.

6. Get your vitamin D: You might want to start taking a vitamin D supplement this winter since we won’t be in the sun as much. Among it’s many other health benefits, vitamin D is an antioxidant which only means good things for your skin.

7. Buy a humidifier: Banish dry air with a humidifier. Put one in your bedroom, and turn it on while you sleep. Your skin will be moist and happy in the morning.

via GOOD

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