The winter months are nearing and they are returning with a vengeance. The brisk wind along with central/gas heat in our homes both has a way of draining every ounce of moisture from our bodies, leaving us with the winter blues. Unfortunately, what we are about to face a season full of brittle nails, flushed faces, dry hair and dull skin. When the temperature drops and harsh air moves in, it is important to make provisions in your wardrobe as well as your daily skincare routine. African American skin is delicate. Therefore, when the weather is harsh, you must counteract with a soothing skincare regimen. Below are some helpful tips for conquering the winter blues.
Hydrate/moisturize your skin from the inside out
Just because it is winter does not mean that you are to consume less water. Continue to consume the suggested amount of water and make sure you hydrate your skin with a topical product as well. It is also suggested to use a heavier moisturizer in the winter instead of oil free moisturizers to ensure that your skin is properly hydrated throughout the day.
Food for thought
Diet and exercise are important elements in skincare. Be sure to maintain your exercise routine as well as a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. *Note: if you suffer from eczema (dry patches of skin) be mindful of your wheat and dairy intake, these foods can increase eczema inflammation.*
Exfoliate your skin but be gentle
Decreased moisture in your skin causes dry, flakey patches of skin. If you do not remove the dead skin cell buildup on your skin’s surface, you will experience dryness and dehydration. Use a body scrub, exfoliating gloves/loofa or a dry bristled brush and gently dry rub your body before entering the shower, making sure you brush toward the heart to promote circulation. Use a facial scrub or bristled brush for your face and lips. This will help your skin absorb and retain moisture.
Make the switch
Creamy cleansers add moisture to the skin instead of stripping away the natural oils that you need to stay protected. Unless you are extremely oily consider switching to this type of cleanser. Also consider rinsing your face with only water in the morning and saving your intense cleansing for the night.
Reduce acne medication
Treatment products such as acne treatments can increase dryness. Consider using acne medications only a few times a week versus every day to maintain an appropriate level of sebum.
Try bathing with milk (AHA used to exfoliate and sooth the skin) and honey (possessing anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties) to improve the appearance of the skin After cleansing consider air drying and apply your moisture while your skin is damp. This will exfoliate and moisture while make your significant other very happy.