Explore these natural tips for preventing & healing dryness:
1. Avoid hot showers
Contradicting the pleasure of hot water in cold temperatures, hot water dries out skin and will even create irritations, causing redness. Try to shower once a day, for shorter periods of time, or with warm to luke water to protect your skin from dehydration. Extreme temperatures from hot to cold both damage skin and hair. Rinse hair with only cool water to lock moisture and shine within the hair particles.
2. Shower Water Filters
Consider investing in a shower water filter to eliminate bodily exposure to the harsh chemicals and substances commonly found in tap water.
3. Layer Up & Protect Outside
In chilling, cold weather try to protect skin from exposure to harsh elements with extra layers, scarves, gloves, etc. This approach will also help skin retain hydration, blocking dry cold air from absorbing moisture. Apply a long-lasting face cream and lip balm to avoid chapped feelings in areas exposed to chilling air and wind.
4. Use Only Natural Products
Apply natural products or useful simple ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and more, at least once a day. Common lotions and soaps contain harmful chemical product fillers (parabens, SLS, SLES, diethyl phthalate, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, etc.) which over dry skin causing irritations and compromising the product label claims. Use raw honey to deeply nourish cracked and irritated lips.
After showering is a perfect time to restore lost skin moisture. At this time the air is warm from the bath, your pores are expanded, and your skin is ready to absorb nutrients the cleansers and hot water removed. For deep skin conditioning of hands and feet, at bedtime apply a generous amount to these areas and wear socks/gloves overnight.
Gently scrub away dry, flaky skin from your body to stay smooth and free of brittleness. Exfoliate at least one a week or every two days, ultimately depending on skin type. For a simple and easy scrub, mix 2 parts sugar and 1 part carrier oil to smooth rough skin and lips before or after cleansing.
7. Humidify Your Space
Add a humidifier to your bedroom or space to add moisture to a dry atmosphere. Dry air tends to dehydrate skin and even cause sore throats. If you cannot come across a humidifier, place large containers of water in your room, mist water in your space, or hang your towel to dry in your room to resolve the lack of air moisture.
8. Hydrate Skin, Not Just Moisturize!
There’s a difference between hydration and moisture. Hydration derives from water and moisture comes from oil. It’s necessary for all types of skin to receive a healthy balance of both. The easiest way to do this is find a “moisturizer” which contains both oil-based ingredients (butters/oils) and water-based ingredients (aloe vera/flax seed gel). To restore hydration throughout the day, face mists are wonderful options. Checkout the Flawless Face Mist in our shop.
9. Hydrate From Within
Drink more water! The maintenance of skin moisture and hydration is greatly reflected by the amount of water one consumes. Drink lots of water, tea, fruit infused water, herb infused water, etc. Add sliced lemons, oranges, strawberries, mint leaves, dried chamomile flowers and more to enhance the benefits of your hydrative beverages.