May 05, 2017
With the warm weather on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about your skin, which during the winter months tends to dry out, causing all sorts of issues. Dry skin can lead to several forms of discomfort, including peeling, flaking, cracking, redness, and itching. In some cases, it can even lead to eczema flares. Fortunately, you can start doing damage control before bathing suit season. If you've suffered from dry skin this winter, here are a few tips to help you revive your complexion and soothe that dreaded winter itch.
The average adult human body is 50-65% water. You'd think this would leave us sufficiently hydrated, but that's rarely the case. Your body requires extra food and liquid to stay hydrated. Keeping your body hydrated can deliver several health benefits, including healthier skin.
Here are a few ways to help keep your body hydrated from the inside out:
After some very drying weather, we need to rebuild our skin and replenish the moisture that was lost. What exactly do you need to look for in a moisturizer? Keep an eye out for products that double as a moisturizer and a skin protectant. Sunflower oil and vitamin E work as emollients that trap moisture inside skin cells, plus they keep the skin hydrated. Look out for alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, which help replenish dry skin. Another moisturizer must-have is glycolic acid, which works to gently to remove dead skin cells and leave you with glowing skin. You may checkout an all natural ingredient moisturizer which can give you moisture + protection EmFACEize Fortified Daily Defense Cream.
Sometimes we feel like we have to give up one for the other as the season changes, but luckily, that’s not the case. Exfoliating works to help rid your skin of any dry, rough layers left over from the winter. When you’re looking for the best scrub, avoid walnut shells or apricot pits, which are rougher exfoliants and can therefore irritate or tear the skin. Instead look for ingredients like brown sugar, or scrubs that contain beta hydroxy acids. Try out an all-time exfoliator favorite from Protege Beauty XFOLI8 Enzyme Peel and Exfoliator- Dead Skin Remover, it contains mild formula but definitely does the wonders. Where exfoliating should really only happen once or twice a week, cleansing should ideally happen twice a day (morning and night). Using a mild, unscented cleanser will help to ensure your skin won’t be irritated.
It seems a little ironic that standing in a shower or soaking in a bath would dry out your skin, but it does. While bathing removes the day's germs, it also wicks away your body's natural oils, which it needs to stay moisturized.
Of course, you can't avoid bathing altogether, but you can limit its negative effects on your skin by doing the following:
SPF is a must-have year-round, but now that the weather is warmer, we’ll all likely be outside more and therefore, there’s more of an emphasis on sunscreen. Make sure you know which works for your face and which for the rest of your body, because sometimes the formula for your body can cause the skin on your face to break out. Always keep an eye out for non-chemical sunscreens with ingredients like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these do not react with skin the way more harsh chemicals do.
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