1. Protect your skin from the elements. When you go outdoors,
wear gloves, a scarf and a hat to protect your sensitive skin from the elements.
Another good tip is to apply moisturizer to your hands before you put on your
gloves – it is almost like a mini-spa treatment for your hands that adds
an extra level of protection against dryness.
2. Keep showers short. Take shorter showers in the winter and
use warm water, not hot. Avoid soap and use a mild cleanser to cleanse your
skin. Pat your skin dry and don't rub it. Apply a thick moisturizer all over
while your skin is still damp to seal in additional moisture.
3. Drink enough water every day. Maintaining internal hydration
is essential for your skin's overall well-being. Drink at least six to eight
glasses of water each day for proper waste elimination and optimum skin health.
4. Gently exfoliate your skin. Removing dry surface skin cells
by exfoliating helps your skin by eliminating toxins and improving circulation.
For your body, you can take a soft, natural brush and rub it all over in gentle,
circular motions to remove dead skin cells and reveal healthier skin. To deeply
cleanse the pores on your face, try using steam. Boil a pot of hot water and
stand over the steam with a towel around the pot for around five or ten minutes
to open the pores and loosen oils and dead skin cells. After exfoliating your
body and face, gently cleanse your skin to wash away excess oils and skin cells.
5. Moisturize your skin. Use a moisturizer on your face and
body at least twice a day in the winter to protect and hydrate your skin. Moisturizers
with natural ingredients such as aloe, probiotics and panthenol are extremely
effective and non-irritating for most skin types.
6. Improve your circulation. Circulation carries essential nutrients
throughout the body to benefit all your organs, including the largest one of
all – your skin. You can improve your circulation through physical activity,
such as running, walking and stretching.
7. Avoid eating too much sugar. If you have excess sugar in
your body, it can actually damage your skin over time. Glucose molecules may
build up in your system and stick to the protein molecules in a process called
glycation. The molecules formed through glycation damage collagen and can make
your skin lose elasticity, resulting in wrinkles and sagging.