It’s wintertime. That means cold, dry air and harsh winds that give our skin a beating. It can seem like it is impossible to keep our skin healthy during the long winter months. But don’t despair, you can keep your skin glowing, no matter what the weather outside (without heading to the local tanning salon).
Eat your veggies****. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but did you know that eating these foods can actually change your skin tone? Researchers have found that eating foods with orange-red pigments, called** carotenoids**, can improve your skin tone. These include carrots, apricots, oranges, mangoes and spinach.
Increase the “good fat” in your foods. The right fats can help moisturize and plump your skin from the inside out. Foods to look for include avocados, almonds, cashews, walnuts and salmon.
Exfoliate and moisturize. If your skin tends to dry out because of cold temperatures and indoor heat, exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dry skin cells and then moisturize your skin with a thick, creamy moisturizer.
Use a humidifier. Keep a cool mist humidifier in your bedroom to add moisture to the air. This helps offset the dryness from indoor heat and keeps your skin moist.
Use a moisturizing body wash. Put away soaps, which can dry your skin, especially if they are deodorizing soaps. Use body washes with added moisturizers instead.
Get plenty of rest. Sleep helps you stay healthy - inside and out. During rest, your body can regenerate leaving your skin looking refreshed and healthy.
Drink plenty of water. You might be tempted to put away the water bottle as the temperatures dip. Don’t Your body needs water year-round, and the best way to hydrate your skin is to do so from the outside in. Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day.
Lower the temperatures of baths and showers. While a hot shower or bath might feel good, especially on a cold winter day, hot water can strip your skin of natural oils. Opt instead to lower the temperature and decrease the amount of time you shower or bathe.
Use sunscreen. It might be winter but that doesn’t mean you should put away the sunscreen. Your skin can be damaged from the sun year-round. Apply sunscreen each morning and reapply later in the day.
Protect your skin from the elements. The cold air lacks moisture and the wind can further dry your skin, leaving it looking flaky. Use a ski-mask, scarf and gloves when outdoors to help protect the skin on your face, neck and hands.
_While the winter weather can be rough on your skin, with some precautions you can look glowing and radiant, despite the cold. _
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Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.