When the winter cold hits we have to be prepared for anything. Taking care of our bodies in this season must be first on our lists so we won’t experience any discomfort for about three months. You all probably know how important it is to keep your skin moisturized by using every method possible, whether it is an over the counter product, or a homemade mixture.

In the following I will give you some suggestions regarding skin hydration in winter, starting with advising you not to take long hot baths, but short warm showers because the heat dries your skin. After any shower be sure to moisturize with oil-based creams, rather than with water-based lotions. You can try Indie Lee’s natural moisturizing oils that help soften your skin. Drink more water to stay healthy all year long, avoid strong heat because it cracks your skin easily.

Moisturize as often as possible, not only your skin, but also your lips with lip balms and wear gloves, hats, scarfs and hoodies for better protection from the cold. You also have to pay attention to what you eat because healthy food equals a healthy skin so you should eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Change your cleanser with one that has extra moisturizing ingredients and be protected 27/7 with SPF 30 and over sunscreen because the UV rays are dangerous all year long. It’s also imperative to apply moisturizer after you exfoliate. You might wonder why I recommend you to exfoliate, thinking that it could dry your skin even more. But know that a well-chosen product will kill the dead cells and soften the skin, especially if you apply the moisturizer after. You have noticed that I keep on repeating the line with the moisturizer, but it’s only because it’s the most important thing to do in the cold season.

Shaving in the winter can fasten the drying and irritating of the skin, and that is why you should do it after a shower when hair follicles are softer, making the process easier. You could also try to exercise a few times a week to keep your body in shape as it is known that through sweat you eliminate the toxins, therefore purifying your organs.

But back to skin hydration in winter, because I think I went off the rail a bit there. There are a few more things that you should do your best to avoid in the winter, things that can make you realize that all your efforts were in vain. Avoid alcohol-based astringents and wipes, caffeine and fried foods as much as you can, toners and long exposure, so to say, to heated systems more than one hour.

It’s highly important, in general, not to forget to take off your makeup before going to bed. Your skin needs to breathe and with all the foundation and powder and who knows what else lasts on your complexion all night long, it will be very difficult in the morning to cleanse. So do yourself a favor and remove all.

The best way to clean your complexion is by following a few steps: cleanse, treat, moisturize and protect. Cleanse with a cream-based cleanser, then use a serum that is known to contain vitamins and antioxidants, perfect to treat skin dryness. After that I’ll say it again, you have to moisturize and last but not least, the good old sunscreen that I have already mentioned above, can be SPF 30 and even higher.

All this information and advice will truly help you, you just have to really want your skin to shine during the winter, when everything tends to lose colour.