Winter is a time when many people find the skin on their face becoming flaky and dry. Many people assume that this is an unavoidable hazard of the season, but these tips and tricks will help you keep your skin healthy and moisturized during the driest time of year.
Moisturize with Mineral Water
Mineral water serves the body in a variety of ways. To begin with, water itself is hydrating and rejuvenating. In addition, one of the causes of dry skin is an imbalance of minerals like zinc, copper and magnesium. When these minerals are lacking in the upper layers of skin it can cause skin to become unnaturally dry.
Simply drinking more mineral water helps with this imbalance. In addition, some dermatologists recommend spritzing with mineral water and then locking in the moisture by applying a biphasic moisturizer afterwards. This technique re-hydrates the skin and seals in the moisture for longer. Talk to companies like Nature's Energy to learn more about getting a supply of mineral water.
Avoid Hot Tap Water
Hot water is very drying to the skin, as are the deposits in mineral water. When washing your skin, use cool water, and ideally avoid using tap water which contains deposits that can be harmful to the skin. Avoid taking hot showers by regulating the temperature of your shower so that it feels warm enough, but not hot. If you wish to relax in warm water, try taking a bath but avoid submerging your face in water.
Use Natural Cleansers
Many synthetic cleansers (particularly antibacterial cleansers) contain harsh products that dry the skin. Switch to a natural, creamy cleanser in winter. Look for cleansers that contain natural oils like chamomile, lavendar and sandalwood, and avoid cleansers that contain hydrogenated oils.
Use Natural Face Masks
Face masks are available for sale at drug stores, but you can easily make your own with natural ingredients. Mash an avocado and mix it with a half teaspoon of lemon and a tablespoon of honey, then spread the mixture on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. When you're finished, gently wipe away the mask with a baby washcloth. Baby washcloths are softer and gentler than normal washcloths, and are better for your face as a result.
Moisturize During the Day
Use a hydrating face moisturizer during the middle of the day to restore your skin's healthy glow. Men who shave should moisturize after shaving as well.
Following these tips, you should be able to keep your skin healthy and beautiful throughout the winter. For more advice, speak with a dermatologist.