We can tend to be very conscious of our facial skincare in winter, but what about our bodies? The skin on our exposed legs, arms and hands can really suffer this time of year, and even the areas that are unexposed to the elements can bear the brunt of the changing temperatures from cold – to – hot as we navigate through our day.
Here are 5 Winter Skin Remedies to help your body feel at its best!
1. Avoid hot showers
Hot water might be tempting when you want to feel warm and cosy in the shower or bath this time of year, but if the temperature of the water is too hot, the water will strip the natural oils from your skin, and leave it feeling tight, dry and more susceptible to flaking.
2. Moisturise skin whilst damp
Always gently pat skin dry after showering, rather than rubbing the surface of the skin. Applying your body oil or body lotion to slightly damp skin will help retain more moisture and leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed!
3. Check ingredients
Some ingredients are more hydrating than others – and some, in fact, will dry out your skin! So look for ingredients that will help boost moisture and nourish the skin such as Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Shea Butter or Sunflower Seed Oil. If your skin is particularly dry and very sensitive, try avoiding fragranced products to avoid itching or irritation. Don’t forget to check the ingredients in your shower gel too!
4. Don’t forget hands and lips
We are all a bit guilty of forgetting to protect the exposed bits at this time of year, and our hands and lips are always on the front line. Protect hands by regularly using hand lotion, even try to include as part of your hand-washing routine throughout the day. Choose a specific formula for hands and you will find that it doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy or overly damp, and you can then get on with your day. For the lips, regular use of a lip balm will keep dry skin at bay and protect skin on the lips from chapping or flaking, allowing you to wear your favourite lipstick or lip balm with ease, without having to worry about extra dry lips.
5. Drink lots of water
It might seem like a typical New-year-new you mantra, but keeping your body hydrated from the inside out is a proven tried and trusted way to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Think of it as topping up your body’s hydration levels regularly, especially in winter when our skin can’t retain as much moisture. It also helps with energy levels, and overall wellbeing!
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