Cold days have officially arrived, and the weather will only get colder from here. Before your skin has a chance to dry out in the wind, boost your skincare routine with some natural tips to help you keep your skin soft, hydrated, and healthy.
Here are a few ways you can naturally improve your skin throughout the chillier half of the year.
Drink plenty of water
Approximately 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This isn’t because we’re not drinking anything but rather that we’re drinking anything but water.
Just like kids, we prefer beverages like juice, soda, and coffee drinks over flavorless water. In 2015 alone, Americans consumed 6.6 gallons of juice per capita.
But when you keep your body hydrated, your skin will be hydrated too. Consider making a daily habit out of drinking more water. Experts typically recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, or roughly half a gallon.
What’s more, staying hydrated can also keep your hair looking and feeling great, too, not just your skin. The average person sheds 50 to 100 hairs a day, but dehydration can make your hair thin, brittle, and dry. That said, make sure to drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body healthy and happy.
Keep your skin covered
Just because it isn’t hot outside anymore doesn’t mean the sun doesn’t impact your skin anymore. Grass, soil, and water reflect less than 10% of the sun’s UV radiation while fresh snow reflects 80%.
Sunscreen and sunglasses can help to protect you from UV radiation and snow glare, but it’s important to keep your skin covered, too. Some people wear thermal winter face masks to protect their skin from the icy wind in winter, but if you don’t have one you can use a scarf. Tie a scarf securely around your neck and wrap it slightly over your face to prevent the cold wind from drying out your skin.
Eat foods fortified with vitamin D
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it only takes between 20 to 30 minutes to absorb the vitamin D your body needs from the sun. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium. It also contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism.
Unfortunately, it can be challenging to get the vitamin D you need from the sun during the colder seasons. In fact, the average person can gain two to four pounds every year in autumn and winter because of the lack of vitamin D, which helps with fat breakdown.
To get the vitamin D you need during those icy days when you can’t make it outside, eat foods that are fortified with vitamin D. These foods include:
- Egg yolks
- Orange juice
- Soy milk
- Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel
It can be challenging to keep your skin in great shape during the colder time of the year. The chilly air can easily dry out your skin and leave you feeling chapped and uncomfortable. By following the tips above, you can naturally make your skin glow this season and keep dry skin at bay.