The War on Wintertime Dryness

My skin loves the summertime but hates winter.  During the winter its itchy and sometimes red, and always looks dry and ashy.  So here’s what I do to fight dry skin and other wintertime body issues:

  1. Drink lots of water.  This works from the inside out and, yes, it does help! Also, eat foods rich in Omega-3s, which help your body replace natural skin oils.
  2. Moisturize daily.  I apply olive oil (EVOO) nightly before bed or after a shower when pores are open.  For some people olive oil may be too heavy. Almond and jojoba oil are popular alternatives.
  3. Use a fragrance/irritant-free soap.  I highly recommend Dr. Bronner’s organic castile soaps.
  4. Wear gloves when going outside or washing dishes, and apply lotion to your hands frequently.
  5. Use lip balm daily. Try Dr. Bronner’s organic lip or body balm.
  6. For your hair, use a leave-in conditioner at least once a wee, and stop washing your hair everyday.  I wash my hair every other day, and day #2 is usually an up-do or ponytail.  For guys with buzzed or short hair, I would try just rinsing your scalp and hair under warm water daily, and skip the shampoo.
  7. Run a humidifier in your bedroom, if possible.  Mariah Carey swears by this trick to protect her voice.

What tricks have you found work for you?

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