Njaanuary weather is not fun for skin. Most times of the day the environment is super dry and windy which steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh dry wind makes the problem worse.
Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.
1. Wash in Lukewarm Water
Cold showers and baths always feel good in the dry season, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.You see that cold water cannot remove that oilyness from skin.
Some studies have shown that by regularly exposing yourself to cooler temperatures, your immune system produces more white blood cells and increases antioxidant response.
2. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards
Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
3. Choose Moisturizer Carefully
Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the dry months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Try moisturizers from Jumia shops which are a little bit expensive (not less than 1,000/=)which help soothe dry, itchy skin.
Get used to long sleeved shirts and blouses to protect skin from dry winds & dust, scorching sun. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. For me when I was in my Grandpa’s place during the early parts of Njaanuary I used to have my heavy jacket on 24/7.Just to protect my skin from the Ushago sweltering sun.
Just as I vividly remember my Form 1 Geography,Dyr months result into very cold nights.So you can try some artificial heating systems.Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
This is a problem with most folks,we tend to drink only 4 glasses of water in a day for others they drink only 2 glasses, don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.Remember the health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.
7. Overnight Moisturize
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm Skin Food by Weleda at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.For some its a bit uncomfortable,let discretion be your middle name.
8. Don’t skimp on sleep
Have lots of summer fun, but don’t skimp on sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of stress hormones, which may slow the production of collagen in the skin. When our skin stops producing collagen, it begins to lose elasticity and starts looking tired and worn.
9. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants
Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Njaanuary skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin.
10. Hydrate From the Inside Out
Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi (goes for 100/= per fruit), and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.Remember inclusion of vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant.
11. Use DIY Masks
Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
Do you have other tips for pampering winter skin? Please share them with our readers.