It is that time of the year when our noses and lips start to peel, our fingers get chapped, and our skin revolts, getting drier and itchier as the days get colder!
These winter months can wreak havoc on even the most beautiful skin. Most of us know how important hydration is to our bodies and that hydration therapy for skin is absolutely essential; but how many of us know how much more important hydration becomes in the winter. This is especially true for those of us living in colder climates Of course, the fastest and most intense way is to visit the nearest IV lounge to reap IV infusion benefits but in between hydration therapy IV treatments, what’s the best way to maintain our supple skin during the cold harsh winter months?
First, hydration starts from the inside. Making sure that you are drinking enough fluids throughout the course of the day is of the utmost importance.
Next, know what your skin needs. Are you oily, dry, or a combination of both? Being able to determine what nutrients your skin wants will definitely help with creating a good skin care regiment. If you can, avoid luxuriating in a piping hot shower or an extra, long bath. Hot water only dries out your skin. Also, adding a few drops of a relaxing or moisturizing essential oil to your bath will help relieve any dryness and associated inflammation. Chamomile and Ylang-Ylang are two commonly used oils this purpose. It is also wise to avoid any harsh skin care products like those with an excessive amount of alcohol or fragrance. These chemicals will not be kind to winter skin. Instead, opt for natural moisturizers like Shea butter and cocoa butter or even avocado and almond oils if you prefer a lighter feeling.
Lastly, remember to eat your water too! Water-rich foods like cucumbers, tomatoes, and celery as well as foods high in omega fatty acids like walnuts and flaxseeds, (which can be added to smoothies for amazing added health benefits), will boost your skin’s ability to maintain its own moisture. Just like that, you’ve created your own hydration therapy for skin. Don’t let the winter steal your glow! Stay hydrated.