Even though exercising in the winter can be hard on your skin, there are inexpensive ways to keep it protected and refreshed. Face and hands tend to suffer the most because they are usually the least protected from the elements. There is an array of products available to keep your warm glow, but many are expensive and contain harsh chemicals that can further dehydrate your skin. Many of the foods that are good for us on the inside are also good for us on the outside. Try using natural ingredients to exfoliate, moisturize and hydrate before and after your winter workouts.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, you should exfoliate in the cold months. Dead skin cells can reduce the amount of absorption from the moisturizers you are using. Be sure to use a gentle exfoliation mixture as to not damage your already stressed skin. Natural ingredients can be found in your pantry and work well. Try a gentle scrub made of: 1 ripe avocado; 2 Tbs. honey; 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal flakes. Make the ingredients into a paste and apply gently to your face and hands, letting it stay on your skin a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry.
After you exfoliate, it is important to moisturize before you head out for your run. The development of all the available moisturizers is based on science, but also the desire of consumers (i.e. the different smells and textures that different people prefer). Because skin conditions and personal preferences vary so greatly, it will be up to you to experiment with different oils and butters to determine which products work best for you in the colder months.
Diet plays a role in the health of your skin. Foods rich in fatty acids such as walnuts, salmon and olive oil can help skin stay hydrated. Drinking water also helps hydrate your skin throughout the day. While there is disagreement on how much water you should consume, many agree that you need between 4 -8 cups each day to stay hydrated.
Published On: January 28, 2015