"My skin just gets like this during the winter..." Have you ever uttered these words? Is that the acceptance that you give for skin issue for your family? Yes it is true a change in the weather may cause skin issues. Soooo.. what are you going to do about it? Here are a few tips & tricks to plump and moisturize your skin during the Winter.
1) Bathing Behavior..
When you’re bathing or showering, make sure that your water is mild in temperature. Hot showers can dry out and irritate your skin. Schaffer says the hot water causes damage to the keratin cells that are located on the most outer layer of our skin — the epidermis. By disrupting these cells, it creates dry skin and prevents the cells from locking in moisture.
Also make sure you’re using a mild soap for your skin. The goal here is to be gentle, and not remove the many natural oils your skin wants to preserve. Our Raw African Black Soap will cleanse your skin without stripping it of it's natural oils.
2)Moisturization, Moisturization, Moisturization!
Ideally, you should first moisturize right after you get out of the shower, since it’s best to lock in that moisture immediately. If you don’t lock the moisture in shortly after bathing, it’ll evaporate quickly. This leaves no chance to preserve the moisture in your skin, which in turn leads to you feeling dry throughout the day. Our whipped body butter collection helps to lock in the moisture and yes it lasts all day.
What about those hard to reach areas like your back? For this, we recommend moisturizing while in the shower to help you cover your back, to prevent it drying out in the future. Towards the end of your shower, simply apply the moisturizer.
It will drip down your back, and when you’re drying off, just spread it around evenly with your towel!
3) Gentle Exfoliation
Once or twice a week, spare some time in the morning to exfoliate your skin. As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that it takes a longer time to shed skin cells and produce new ones. Exfoliation ensures that the dead skin cells are constantly being removed and not accumulated, which can lead to dull and dry-looking skin. It also allows your skincare products to better penetrate into your skin, giving you the full effects and benefits of your products.
4) Good Diet & Green Tea
Consuming fatty fish like salmon and mackerel can help with plumping your skin. These fishes are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are important for keeping your skin supple and moisturized. Another food that you can incorporate into your diet for plump skin are avocados. The healthy fats found in them are key for maintaining the elasticity in your skin.
Besides drinking your 8 cups of water a day.... Studies have also shown that catechins found in green tea aid in protecting your skin against sun damage – the number one cause for premature ageing. The antioxidant compound is also great for improving thickness and elasticity of the skin. Our Green Tea Moisturizer (November 2020) will work wonders on the outside.
These small tips will help you to lock in moisture and keep dry skin at bay. Change your behavior to see change. Make a concerted effort to do these small things year round and you will see results.