When you think winters, it’s usually Christmas cakes, wine, mistletoe, gifts, snowflakes, knee-high boots, hot chocolates and all things warm and fuzzy. Well, let’s play spoiler! Winters also mean welcome dry skin, frizzy hair, dandruff, brittle nails, and a dozen ailments. With the temperatures dropping, your body undergoes many changes. It becomes very important to take care of your body and give it the right nutrition and TLC.
Here are some tips to stay in your best shape this winter and keep looking, and feeling great through out the festive times.
1. Keep Up Your Water and Vitamin C Content
You may not feel very thirsty during the winter months, but it is absolutely essential that you stay hydrated during this period. Your skin is not just an element that adds to your looks, but it is an important organ that protects you from a lot of external damage. The skin overall tends to get dry and flaky during winters. Prevent this from happening by taking care of your skin inside out. Eat foods high in water content like watermelon, apples, cantaloupes and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and carrots.
Keep your Vitamin C levels in check by eating foods laden with Vitamin C like oranges, and kiwi. Vitamin C aids the production of collagen and elastin thus keeping your skin healthy. Eat a lot of fatty fish and flaxseeds in winter to give your skin the nutrition it needs in these cold months, to stay supple and smooth. An Omega-3 supplement is also recommended.
2. Keep it Warm, Not Hot
The natural response of the body during winters is to move towards all things hot and fuzzy, starting from hot chocolate, to long hot baths. However, the trick is to steer clear of hot and opt for watrm instead. The long hot baths may feel oh-so-good, but they strip your skin and hair off the oils, and leave it dry, itchy and fragile. Tone down the temperature from hot to warm.
When it comes to indoor heating systems, they dry out the air extensively. Consider installing a humidifier in your house, so that some amount of moisture is put back into the air. And, while all the cocoa and chocolate is a definite pick-me-up in the winters, your skin needs to be kept hydrated from within as well. To make that happen, sip up on your teas. Keep having warm water and lemon so that you stay energetic and rejuvenated through the winters.
3. Moisturize Extensively
To prevent harsh skin, cracked feet and rough hair becoming the order of the day, moisturize yourself thoroughly and regularly. Stock up on body butters, creams and balms. Buy a variety of moisturizers, essential oils and the mandatory petroleum jelly to protect and restore your skin. Since you will be buying quite a few products, it’s advisable to do your research, check a few reliable Price Comparison Sites Like Idealo and then stock up on your cosmetics for the season.
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Apply natural moisturizers like olive oil and almond oil on your face, arms, elbows and heels to prevent them from drying and cracking up. Give your face and chest the same treatment as you reserve for your face. These are exposed to the external elements just as much. Oil your hair a minimum of three times a week, half an hour prior to your shower. Always remember to condition, after washing your hair with shampoo.
4. Cover and Layer Yourself Up
Exposure to the cold air can leave your skin and hair weak and brittle, and you more prone to illness. Keeping yourself covered is the right way to go. Invest in proper headgear and gloves to stay protected and warm and prevent your hair and skin from drying out. Always wear socks. Wear slippers or socks even while you are at home to prevent getting cold feet and swollen toes. Always keep your fingers, feet, and head properly covered. Wear woolen scarves or mufflers as the temperatures start dropping.
5. Exercise in the Outdoors with Caution
For some of us, winters mean, bidding goodbye to the outdoors. Open air yoga or running in the the park becomes a thing of the past. But, there are a few resilient among us who don’t give up on the outdoors, no matter how cold it gets. For those of you out there windburn And Winter Sunburn can be very damaging to your skin. Use a sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin.
However, if you face a case of windburn, and get red patches on your skin, apply a mild hydrocortisone cream on the irritated and sensitive spots. This medicated cream will help in reducing the inflammation and stop the itching.
6. Your Eyes Need Protection Too!
Eyes are one of the most delicate parts of our body. Dropping temperatures, snow, and cold air are not a good combination for sensitive eyes. It can irritate your eyes and give you various eye infections. Wear goggles to protect your eyes. Keep a bottle of non-medicated eye drops handy to refresh and soothe your eyes, whenever needed. Also keep moisturized hands and fingers away from your eyes.
7. Your Lips Need Extra Attention During Winters
One of the earliest signs of arrival of winter are chapped lips. The cold drys out your lips and causes them to crack, bleed, and look dry and unattractive. Take Care Of Your Lips this winter. Keep them moisturized. Gently exfoliate your lips to remove the dead and flaky skin. Then rinse your lips first with a sugar syrup and then some warm water. Move on to apply a generous amount of Vaseline to your lips. Repeat this procedure daily to get full, moisturized and smooth lips throughout winters.
With the above tips we have got you covered for the winter chills and thrills. Stay hydrated, eat healthy, exfoliate, and moisturize extensively to enjoy the winters and the festivities that it brings! Here’s to a happy and healthy winter!
Korie Cantor is a writer who writes about living and lifestyle. She possesses a great sense of style and loves to share her thoughts about fashion and it’s latest trends. Follow her @koriecantor