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We’re right in the middle of the cold weather and a lot of us have less than perfect skin to show for it. The cold weather is a time when our skin experiences two extremes – extreme cold and extreme hot. This is so because after being in the cold all day, we get home craving hot showers to warm up our chilled-to-the-bone bodies. Unfortunately, hot water is extremely drying to skin and it does not help matters that we want to stay under the shower for as long as possible. You cannot rule out hot showers but you can limit them to under 5 minutes for the sake of your skin and then find other ways of warming yourself after. Like dressing extra warm and sipping on hot tea, chocolate or soups. You have that one skin for a lifetime and so it only makes sense that you give skincare your best efforts.

Other than limiting unnecessary contact with hot water, how else can you managed weather ravaged skin and keep it healthy and glowing? Here are reminders of some things that you should be doing and are probably not.

Moisturize moisturize moisturize

Cold weather dries out your skin, robbing it of essential moisture that would normally keep it healthy and glowing. Clean and moisturize skin twice a day without fail. Do this for a few weeks in a row and you’re sure to see results. Then keep it up. Oils that will do your skin lots of good are high quality natural oils like coconut oil, Jojoba oil, apricot oil, sweet almond, avocado and shea butter among others.

Load up on high nutrition

Aversion to fruits, vegetables and powerful minerals will sooner or later catch up with your general health including your skin. Super nutrition will not come from your desk lunch of oily fries and over processed meat. Pack up on fruits, vegetables and foods rich in minerals. Feed your skin from inside out long enough and the result will be evident in no time.

For cracked lips

In the first place avoid harsh drying glosses and balms. Do not forget to cleanse and exfoliate your lips every once in a while. A sugar scrub or gently brushing with a soft toothbrush will work quite well. When choosing oils to use, not that not all are good to use. “Only if it’s the right balm. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly) creates an artificial film on your lips, signaling your skin to stop producing lipids, while funky flavors, perfumes, and colors can also dry out skin. King suggests seeking natural-oil-infused balms or those with shea and cocoa butter”. Source.

Sunscreen

As much as black don’t crack, it is important to use sunscreen every day to protect skin from harmful rays and to prevent hyper pigmentation. Incorporating UV protection into your skincare should be an all year round affair and luckily, it can be made easy by using a broad spectrum daily moisturizer that has sunscreen properties.

Feet

Give your feet some TLC especially with home or spa pedicures, foot soaks and treating them to intense moisturizing. Regardless of their state, there’s one easy treatment that will always do them loads of good. Wash your feet, slather them with high moisture lotion, wear socks and sleep in them. Do these for several days and your feet will thank you for it.

Water

Optimum hydration will quickly get your skin from weather damaged to soft and glowing. The water drinking story is everywhere you look and it works. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day will not only help your skin but your overall health too.

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