Ah, the cool, crisp air of the North American winter. Now that October has passed we’ve got our eyes on the upcoming holiday season.
Whether you plan to hit the holiday party circuit, or you’ve found a cave full of knit blankets and warm drinks to keep you safe and warm as you hibernate away the winter months — extremely cold temperatures, drier than normal air, and artificial heat all play a role in your dull, flaky, itchy skin.
Why is dry skin such a bummer?
Here’s an excerpt from the good folks at Healthline.On its own, dry skin may not seem like a big deal. But it’s associated with several health problems that could interfere with your daily activities. Dry skin may lead to:
- areas of thickened, rough skin
- painful cracks in your skin
- dermatitis, which involves red, inflamed, and scaly skin
- eczema, which can appear as round, scaly, itchy, and red patches on your skin
- bacterial infection
Since a move to the Southern Hemisphere probably isn’t in the budget, here are a few ways you can keep your skin feeling supple and looking fabulous this winter.
Watch That Thermostat
While the cooler temps may bait you to turn up the old thermostat and crank the heat from all vents on high, control the urge. Artificial heat makes the air in your home drier than usual and can contribute to your dry, itchy skin.
Set your heat 1-2 degrees lower and keep warm with cozy blankets – perfect for encouraging a cuddle with a willing loved one.
Humidify Your Life
Combat dry heat with an in-home humidifier to put soothing moisture back into the air in your home. Also great for those with allergies or breathing issues, these machines can also purify.
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Eat More Fats
Now that growing season is over for many of us and fresh fruit and vegetables are less available, swap out berries and avocado for more healthy fats to ensure you remain a Smooth Operator inside and out.
Additional fats in your diet will help keep your gut healthy and active removing toxins from your body and meaning clearer skin for you.
Naturally, we tend to drink less water during the winter months. An ice cold glass of water doesn’t seem quite so refreshing with snow on the ground, and so we tend for warm drinks like coffee, and we’re more likely to drink alcohol (socially and as a coping mechanism), both of which can contribute to dehydration and dry skin.
Make sure you get lots of H2O with the help of tasty herbal teas.
No matter how much tea you drink, you’ll still shed dry, dead skin on the daily. Slough off roughness and ensure your skin stays clean and clear with a gentle, chemical-free exfoliant.
Steer clear of chemical-laden products – which can irritate – and opt for a good old mechanical exfoliant, like Geti’s Wake Me Up Coffee Scrub, a dry brush, and wet washcloth for a luxurious spa-like experience.
Dry skin really can leave you feeling chapped and with all the excitement of the season who’s got time for that?
Take is from Queen-B herself and always use a moisturizer.
Help protect your skin from damage, which accelerates aging and increases your risk of bacterial infections with a creamy moisturizer.
Check out Geti’s Smooth Operator Buddha Butter + Night Cream — soothing moisture that’s completely natural in 5 scents aimed to help you find your zen.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Geti’s Winter Skin Guide. Have a question? Leave a comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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