You know that.
Winter means Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve and somehow these holidays equals vast amounts of food (not that I’m complaining!) and a much colder weather, both of which cause dull, dry skin.
And I don’t know about you, but I hate the feeling of dry skin during winter.
But if you’re in the same situation, fear not!
Here are 5 easy ways to naturally make your skin glow (even) during the winter months.
1. TRY DRY BRUSHING
Ever heard of dry brushing? It’s an ancient Indian practice that consists of (literally) brushing your skin in order to remove toxins and dead cells.
Especially during the winter, our dead skin cells tend to build up and this means that moisture can’t get in. So, when you get rid of these dead cells on the surface, it makes room for bright, new ones to take their place.
An alternative to dry brushing is to use a gentle exfoliant, found in most face washes. Also, you could add sea salt to your favorite oil or face wash to do the trick, instead.
2. AVOID HOT WATER
I know, I’m a big fan of hot showers during the cold months myself (which is why I really hate saying this) but hot water dries out the skin, removing our natural oils in the process.
Unfortunately, this leaves the skin feeling tight and dehydrated. What we can do to prevent this is washing – especially our face – with lukewarm or even cool water before moisturizing.
3. MOISTURIZE WITH OILS
It seems counterintuitive for all of us who have skin that airs on the oily side but using oils to moisturize actually rebalances the pH of our skin.
Using a facial oil – versus creams or lotions – actually helps create a protective layer on your skin that traps in moisture, giving you that dewy look we all love.
So moisturize as often as you can especially on damp skin and before going to bed!
4. CREATE A HOMEMADE FACE MASK (USING NATURAL PRODUCTS FROM YOUR KITCHEN)
I’m a huge fan of facemasks and I try to have one once a week or once every two weeks, but it’s really important to think about the ingredients that are in your face masks – especially as the weather changes.
Here are some ingredients directly from your kitchen that actually have benefits for your skin:
- Honey and Extra Virgin Olive Oil – these are products that naturally add moisture to your skin
- Lemon – it’s a natural brightener and it’s gentle enough to be put on your skin every night!
Mix these ingredients together to make a face mask, and apply for 15/20 minutes to see the results yourself!
Related post: “My everyday skincare routine”
5. TAKE CARE OF THE INSIDE
I wanted to keep this last because I kinda feel it’s obvious.
Your skin – and your entire body – is a reflection of what you eat. And it’s tough to give up those Christmas candies, but they will eventually make an appearance through our skin at some point.
It’s important to keep in mind that certain foods, like those filled with healthy fats (notice the word healthy!), are most likely to keep the skin looking hydrated and fresh.
So try to focus on foods like salmon, eggs, nuts, avocado, and oils like coconut or extra virgin olive oil after (or during) those holiday parties.
Do you know other ways to help your skin glow during the holiday season? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below!