Happy Monday! Today, I am sharing with you how to care for your body and skin in winter. During the colder season, the skin tends to get more sensitive, dry, and dull and you tend to get tired more easily. So, in this post, I want to share with you how to stay at your best and keep your skin plumped and happy. I will also share recipe ideas and product recommendations!
Now, don’t forget to check out my previous post: HOW TO RECHARGE WHEN YOU FEEL DRAINED, and let’s get into it!
How To Care For Your Body And Skin In Winter
Eat Warm Nourishing Food
The first way you can nurture your body in the colder months is by eating warm nourishing food. There’s honestly nothing better than the comforting feeling of a soup or warm meal, with legumes rich in proteins and vegetables that are in season. I always feel extremely tired when I go out in the cold and food is the perfect way to keep your body healthy and full of energy!
The next way you can care for your body and skin is to stay hydrated by drinking more water. In the winter, we eat less watery food, like cucumbers or watermelons, so it’s essential to increase your water intake. I think everybody knows the health effects of not staying hydrated so I am not going to state them. But also, being dehydrated affects directly your skin’s moisture and barrier. Something to think about.
Optimize your skincare routine
The next way you can care for your skin is by optimizing your skincare routine with a rich moisturizer and a hydrating toner. The latter is perfect to add an extra layer of hydration, prevent water loss and rebalance dry skin. Moreover, I love to apply my skincare product while my skin is still damp, especially my face cream as it will lock in all the moisture and hydrating toners allow me to do that!
Another way to keep the skin hydrated is to use natural products that form a natural barrier, allowing you to avoid dryness in cold weather. Natural soaps and lotions can be a good choice for all types of skin. For instance, pour goat milk soaps contain lactic acid, which removes excess oil and keeps the skin microbiome healthy. I particularly like the Patchouli Goat Milk Soap because Patchouli is an essential oil known for its calming properties and helps with dry, cracked skin. For those who prefer vegan products, lotions and soaps that contain honey have a good chance to provide fresh and moisturized skin.
Now, if your skin gets extra dry like mine, I would recommend changing your treatment serum and going for one that is replenishing, containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, and oils such as safflower seed oil.
Incorporate an oil into your routine
In winter, I call for my staple skincare essential and that is oil. Generally, oils can be quite scary. They can clog pores and leave an uncomfortable oily residue. But, if you find the right one for your skin type, they do miraculous things. I love oils because they lock in the moisture and replenish the skin. They give this instant plumping effect and make your skin look so healthy! Also, depending on the oil, you can benefit from diverse effects and properties.
In terms of recommendation, for my body, I tend to use regular argan oil. I find it very rich, and fast-absorbing. For my skin, I am usually a little bit pickier and I like less to use DIY and organic products. For over a year, I’ve been using the Honey Grail Ultra-hydrating face oil by Farmacy. This one is extremely rich and nourishing, and a little bit goes a long way.
Apply body lotion religiously
As simple as it seems, applying body lotion religiously doesn’t seem to be very common and I do not understand why. It is the one thing my mum taught me in skincare. It’s a must in a body care routine, just like a face cream. It moisturizes your skin and keeps it soft and hydrated! So, one way you can care for your body in the colder season is by applying body lotion every time you shower, while your body is still damp (to lock in more moisture). I usually use in-bulk body cream but I’d highly recommend this one:
Don’t forget to exfoliate
Another must-do in the winter is to get rid of any dry patches, dead skins, and ingrown hair by gently exfoliating. While you should exfoliate every season, I find it necessary in the winter because I personally get more dry patches in some areas and I shave less often. For my body, I love using a bar soap exfoliator and a dry brush. For my face, I opt for a chemical exfoliator, which I apply twice per week. As I mentioned above, with the cold air, your skin becomes more dry and sensitive, so be gentle and don’t overdo it.
Use an oitment treatment
The last tip I have for you to care for your body and skin in the winter is using an ointment treatment, such as vaseline or Aquaphor. You can find either of them in any drugstore or pharmacy and they come in very big formats. In general, I love using them as lip balm and hand cream because they intensively relieve dry and itchy skin but you can also use them as a spot treatment to heal any area of your body or face.
How To Care for Your Body And Skin In Winter
Paying extra attention to your physical self in the winter is a must to stay at your best. So, I hope you find this post helpful and I will see you next time🤍!
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