Winter can be really drying for our skin. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, the cold dry air can make skin look dull and flaky.
The good news is that with a little extra care you can have healthy skin this winter. Here are 7 tips for healthy skin that will help you keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout the year.
1. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Make sure to drink enough water each day so you don’t ever feel thirsty. Once you’re thirsty, your body is starting to experience dehydration. To keep hydrated, carry a water bottle with you at all times. You can add a slice of lemon or lime for a little flavor.
2. Cut Back on Alcohol and Caffeine
Beverages containing alcohol and caffeine are dehydrating. They pull moisture from your body. This is not good if you’re trying to stay hydrated. If you have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, make sure you match those drinks with a glass of water to counter their effects.
3. Check Your Skin Products
Do your over-the-counter skin products contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinols? If so, these can cause dryness and irritation. If you use these products often, try cutting back a bit. For example, if you wash your face with salicylic acid in the morning and at night, try using it only in the morning.
4. Moisturize Twice a Day
Make sure to moisturize your skin twice a day. Consider using a day and night time moisturizer. Your night-time moisturizer can be heavier.
5. Wear Sunscreen Every Day, Even On Cloudy Days
Make sure your day moisturizer contains sunscreen. It should have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or more and protect against UVA and UVB rays.
6. Eat Fresh Fruits and Veggies Every Day
A healthy diet is the foundation for healthy skin. Any healthy diet starts with eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to have at least one serving of vegetables with every meal. You should try to consume 5-7 servings a day. And dark, leafy greens should be part of your diet every day.
7. Don’t Exfoliate Too Often
Exfoliating your skin does remove the dry skin but it can also cause irritation. Irritation leads to chapping and cracking. Evaluate how often you exfoliate. If you exfoliate more than once a week, consider cutting back.
Our daily habits, good or bad, can have either a positive or negative impact on our skin. With just a few changes in your daily routine, you can go a long way to having healthy skin all year long.