Here are a few tips to survive the elements both indoors and out:
Avoid Long Showers and Baths
Nothing feels better on a cold day then a long, steamy, hot bath. But long exposure to hot water can further dehydrate your skin by stripping the oils from the surface. So, keep them short and on the cooler side, if possible. Use only moisturising bubble baths, soaps or shower gels, preferably those containing moisturising ingredients like Aloe Vera.
Top Tip: Don’t rub your skin dry—pat it down with a soft, fluffy towel. Rubbing your skin can be too harsh and lead to flaky skin on the surface.
Double Down On Moisturiser
Double down and be incredibly diligent with your moisturising products. You many also need to reapply throughout the day. Remember to apply, apply and reapply to keep skin hydrated and elastic.
Top Tip: Always apply your moisturising products immediately after your shower or bath when your skin is still damp. Look for skin moisturising ingredients like Aloe, Shea butter, olive and coconut oils.
No matter what, it’s important to stay hydrated 365 days a year. Water, tea and other hydration drinks are great for the entire body. Our bodies need water and it’s important to avoid dehydration at all costs. So, drink up.
Top Tip: Add a squeeze of fresh lemon, lime or orange juice to your water. It’ll taste better, and citrus fruits are known for containing vitamins.
Love Your Lips
Boy, oh boy, do our lips suffer in the wintertime. The most important thing you can do is to apply an emollient lip balm to moisturise and soften the delicate skin of your lips. Choose a product with SPF protection for daytime use. And remember to reapply throughout the day and especially at bedtime.
Top Tip: Be sure to exfoliate the skin on your lips. This will help remove the dead and dry skin, leaving them looking and feeling soft and smooth.
Put the Moisture Back into Your Home
You can add moisture back into the air in your home by using a humidifier or two. There are many humidifiers to choose from, including small personal humidifiers that you can keep on your nightstand or desk at work.
Top Tip: If you don’t have a humidifier, heat a large pot of water on your stovetop and let it simmer throughout the day.
Take Advantage of the Night
At night and before bed, slather on your favourite hand cream, and be sure to rub it into your cuticles and elbows, too. Do the same with your feet. Cover your feet with a pair of cotton socks and sleep well.
Top Tip: Keep hand cream next to every sink in your house and office, and make sure to apply after you wash your hands every single time.
Reach for a Non-Fragrant Dryer Sheet
The quickest way to tame static in your hair and your clothing is with a dryer sheet. Swipe one quickly across your hair and the flyways will immediately calm down. A quick swipe on your clinging dress with your favourite dryer sheet and no more static cling!
Top Tip: Keep a dryer sheet in your handbag, gym bag or even in your glove compartment.