Fight the “Burr”: Treating Winter Skin

julia-1568557-1279x852It’s the time of the season where your fall skin fades away and is replaced by drier, tighter and a more irritated substitute.

What gives? Dry skin usually occurs during the seasons of November through February (depending on your location these months could be different) and is signified by the presence of flaking, scaling, less visible pores, dull skin and roughness.  It involves the process of dehydrated skin from cold air and lack of humidity.   Although an unpleasant nuisance, there are some tips and options you can integrate into your beauty regimen until the season blows over:

  1. Invest in different moisturizers.  The type of moisturizers you want on board for your skincare routine are ones that contain no fragrances and ones that are packed with hydroxyl acids. Hydroxyl acids, despite the vile sounding name, gently clear away dead skin in order to leave room for your skin to retain more moisture.  Contrarily, fragrances should be avoided in order to avoid unwarranted periods of dryness and irritation.
  2. Switch out your soaps.  Antibacterial and deodorant soaps are harsh on skin and can dehydrate skin as well – especially for those with sensitive skin.  Brands such as Dove and Aveeno offer gentle options that can also be fragrance free and formulated to hydrate.  Be sure to switch out all of your soaps- hand soaps, bath soaps, etc.
  3. Mind your diet.  There can be a plethora of different ways to ensure that externally your body receives all the moisture it needs, but it will never be to par with internally hydrating your body starting with your diet.  This starts with consuming the good kind of fats- the type that reside in oils, nuts and fish.  These are the types of foods that bears consume in order to stay plump throughout winter, and so you can use them in somewhat of a similar matter.  These types of fats will keep your skin looking supple and slightly plump all winter long instead of gaunt.  Unsaturated fats are fruitful, but drinking water is equally as crucial.  Drinking eight glasses of water a day or more can help you stay hydrated from the inside and out.  
  4. Invest in a humidifier.  A humidifier is cheating the environment a little, but that’s alright.  As opposed to other central heating systems that blow hot streams of air at you consistently, humidifiers inject moisture, dispersing more water molecules that your skin can be receptive to.  

Don’t forget during this season to avoid getting any cotton clothing wet while outdoors.  This can cause severe irritation that can dry out your skin.  Additionally, as the holiday seasons take a toll, may sure to take a breather as stress increases inflammation.