You can’t glow your way through winter if your skin is dull and dry and your cracked lips are affecting your smile. Low temperatures, heaters and a lack of moisture in the air all contribute to dry skin, but there’s a lot you can do to prevent this. Here are three easy ways to overcome dry skin this winter and look your best.
- Start with your diet
Healthy, glowing skin begins with what you’re eating and drinking. To combat dry skin, you need to make sure you’re getting enough essential fatty acids because they form the basis for every cell in your body.
Get Omega 3 from avocados, walnuts, chia seeds and oily fish like salmon, sardines and anchovies. You’ll get Omega 6 from nuts, seeds and whole grains. Eat up – your skin will love you for it.
Then you need to drink up – water, that is, because alcohol dehydrates the skin. Make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glass of water a day to keep your body hydrated.
- Adjust your skin care regime
Dry skin isn’t a good look on anyone, so you need to exfoliate gently at least once a week to remove the dead cells that are dulling your skin. Once the dewy skin is revealed, you need to keep it moisturised.
Winter calls for hardcore moisture, so swap your gel moisturiser for an oil-based or more nutrient-rich one to give your skin the hydration it needs. Put your cream body lotion away until summer and opt for an oil-based lotion to lock in the moisture. And remember:
- Keep hand cream in your bag and reapply often
- Never leave home without lip balm.
- Spring for a hydrating facial now and then
While you’re waiting for that moisture-rich face mask to do its work, apply some Vaseline to your lips and scrub gently to remove the dry flakes. Apply a heavy-duty balm to revitalise your lips.
- Check your environment
Okay, so you’ve got the diet and skin care regime right, now you need to address your environment, which plays a big part in the health of your skin. Here’s what to look out for:
- Steaming hot showers and baths. Yes, it’s cold outside, but if your shower is turning your skin bright red, it’s too hot and is drying out your skin.
- Heaters. If you are using a heater, invest in a humidifier or go the DIY option and place a small bowl of water in each corner of the room to keep the air from being too dry.
- Outdoors. Don’t walk out your front door without SPF. Harmful UVA and UVB rays don’t hibernate in winter, so, protect your skin.
If you need an extra hand to get your skin in great condition, visit a professional dermal clinic for a range of effective treatments, including skin rejuvenation, chemical face peels, micro needling and the revolutionary Clear & Brilliant treatment.
Invest in regular skin care treatments to keep your skin looking its best year round. Book an appointment at Victorian Dermal Group today and show winter who’s boss.
Related Tag: Melbourne Skin Treatment Clinic