It is not uncommon for people to develop pervasive rashes and areas of dry, chapped skin when the weather grows cold. Throughout winter, the dermis is often at its most vulnerable. Fortunately, there is a lot that you can do to keep this important covering soft, supple and optimally healthy. Following is everything you need to know about how to protect skin from cold weather.
Throughout the summer, most people are careful to keep themselves from getting thoroughly dehydrated. Thirst is one of the first signs of mild dehydration and thus, thirsty people are always filling themselves with cold water, lemonade and other beverages. During the winter, however, the average individual is more predisposed to reaching for a cup of hot cocoa, coffee or tea than a glass of water.
Stay hydrated throughout the winter months, even if this means carrying around a water bottle and consuming water while it’s at room temperature. You might not feel like gulping down an icy drink when the weather is already frosty outside and so warmer water, may prove more appealing. Another trick is to make sure that you are eating a lot of water-dense fruits and vegetables. Oranges are usually abundant in the winter and fall and they are filled with lots of water.
Keep your skin covered when going out. Put a natural lip balm on your lips so that these aren’t being dried out by harsh winds. Look for a thicker, heavier moisturizer and be sure to apply it liberally, even around the eyes. This will seal moisture in so that it isn’t being lost in the dry air.
If your hands and feet become unusually dry during this time of year, apply a thick lotion or cream to these before going to bed and then don a pair of gloves or socks. You can even rub your feet down with coconut oil before putting your socks on, which has antimicrobial properties. Finally, switch to a mild, nourishing soap and try to make exfoliation a regular part of your beauty routine.