How to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter
Dry winter skin isn’t inevitable. By making some changes to your skin care regimen and habits, using the right products, and trusting chiropractic care, you may be able to keep your skin looking soft, smooth, and vibrant all winter long.
Let’s take a closer look at 7 tips that may help you boost the health of your skin during the colder months of the year.
1. Moisturize right after washing
Each time you wash your face, hands, or body, you strip your skin of its natural oils. These oils help to lock in moisture, and it’s important to replace them. That’s why it’s important to use a moisturizer any time you wash your skin, especially in winter.
Also, try keeping the water temperature closer to lukewarm to help keep your skin nourished.
2. Apply sunscreen daily
Even though it’s cold…the sun is still out! If you plan on spending time outside to partake in winter activities such as shoveling snow, skiing, hiking, ice skating, etc., put on some SPF. And don’t be fooled by dark, dreary days in winter either. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage.
3. Adjust your skin care routine
If your skin seems to be especially sensitive or irritated due to the dry winter air, you may want to consider simplifying your skin care routine for the time being. Try to avoid irritants such as fragrances and alcohol and consider using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer.
4. Use a humidifier
Using a humidifier in your living space will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom.
5. Dial down the temperature
When it’s chilly outside, the first thing you want to do is crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat to a cool, yet comfortable setting of 68°F to 72°F to maintain healthy skin. This will also help keep those gas bills down.
6. Hydrate from the inside
Drink water. Poor hydration might cause skin to appear duller. Additionally, wrinkles, scars, and pores become more prominent. Because the skin loses some of its elasticity when dehydrated, it’s more likely to crack and experience irritations and blemishes, such as pimples or acne.
Experts recommend a general daily H2O intake of about a 1/2 to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. So, a 150-pound person should drink between 75 and 150 ounces of water every day. Drink water throughout the day, and definitely during or after exercise or other more rigorous activities.
7. See your Chiropractor
While many at-home remedies can help combat dry skin, you can also reach out to your chiropractor if your dry skin symptoms become worse or don’t improve. They will have recommendations for treatments meant just for your symptoms.
Among the skin ailments that chiropractors treat in their clinics:
- Eczema (including in children)
- Acne, pimples, and other inflammation
- Rashes caused by allergies
- Cosmetic conditions, such as cellulite, spider veins, and scar tissue
With its unique emphasis on vertebral alignment, chiropractic care contributes to a stronger immune system and, therefore, overall healthier skin.
Spinal manipulation improves the function of your nervous system. This ensures that nerves and hormonal glands do not experience interruptions that might result in acne, eczema, or other skin problems.
Many chiropractors also employ a technique called lymphatic massage to increase lymph circulation. Lymph contains white blood cells and helps to flush toxins and fluid waste from the body, supplying cells with the nutrition they require for healthy skin.
Discover clearer, healthier skin
If you are searching for a solution to maintain your skin’s radiant glow throughout the long Midwest winter months, call Strelcheck Chiropractic Clinic.