When the temperature drops to freezing, our skin pays the price. Ashy elbows and knees, cracked cuticles, and dull, flaky skin are just some of the problems we suffer through in the winter season.
But it doesnt have to be that way. Here are 6 ways to keep your body hydrated in the winter months, inside and out.
1. Eat foods rich in Omega Fatty Acids. Omega Fatty Acids, known as the good kind of fat, have a variety of health benefits. Some of these include lowering the risks of heart disease, arthritis, memory loss and depression (see ya winter blues!), but did you know they also help to lubricate your skin cells? You can find Fatty Acids in a variety of fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, and avocados. Want an extra boost of Omegas? Try adding a spoonful of ground flaxseed to your morning cereal or oatmeal or blend it into your favorite smoothie!
2. Skip hand sanitizers. They are basically pure alcohol and will strip your already parched hands from whatever moisture they still have. While were on the subject of clean hands, I would avoid any hand wash that includes sulfates, though when we're out and about this can be a challenge. In these cases, make sure to keep some hand lotion or salve (like my Skin Saviour) with you at all times.
3. Avoid hot showers and baths. I know after a blisteringly cold day the only thing you want to do is draw a hot bath, but keep it on the warm to lukewarm side. When water is too hot, it disrupts the lipid barrier of our skin, which will dry it out.
4. Use moisturizer everywhere. Hydrating serums and face creams, body lotions, hand salves, and lip balms. Always apply moisturizer after washing. You can never be too hydrated!
5. Hydrate internally too! Hot teas, plenty of warm soups, and drink your weight in water. Getting plenty of liquids in our systems is key to not only a healthy you, but healthy, plump skin cells, keeping us both hydrated and youthful, and who doesn't want that? If you're a coffee drinker try limiting yourself to 1 cup a day.
6. Use a humidifier. Indoor heating can really strip our hydration from the inside out. Humidifiers work by adding moisture to the air, not only keeping skin hydrated, but also helps to prevent cracked lips, nosebleeds, and alleviates cold systems. Trust me, this is a must have in winter!
Hope this information will help you stay happy and hydrated all winter long!