Around this time of year, we all crave sunshine and warm weather (oceanside with a cabana boy, please). The sun has disappeared, along with your desire to be outside. The February air is as cold as your mood and the wind is as brisk as your morning walk to the train. Not only has your energy dropped, but cloudy skies have dampened your mood and dried out your skin. Your hair craves moisture like your toes craves sand on the beach.
Despite the harsh elements (snow, sleet, ice, wind, below zero temps and waiting 10 minutes for your train to arrive), there are many ways to protect and nourish your skin. We know, we know…you’d rather Walk This Way toward brighter (and warmer!) days, but read on for some of our favorite winter skin care tips.
Consider Using a Humidifier
Dry air results in dry skin. By placing a humidifier in your bedroom, or the room you use the most, you will experience an increased moisture level which helps keep the skin hydrated.
The best time to apply moisturizer is as soon as you get out of the shower. By moisturizing damp akin, you’re able to seal in all that moisture. The product you apply acts as a barrier to keep your skin hydrated.
Well, not literally. Bananas are a great source of moisture for the skin. Mash one ripe banana and mix in a tablespoon of honey. Apply to clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse well, using warm water and a washcloth. When shopping for beauty products, look for those with other hydrating ingredients such as avocado and shea butter.
It sounds obvious, right? Drink water to keep your skin hydrated! However, in the winter months, when we don’t sweat as much and aren’t as hot, we may “forget” to drink water. However, water is essential for keeping your body and skin hydrated in dry weather. Aim for 8-10 8 oz. servings per day.
Hydrate from the Inside Out
Hungry for glowing skin? Look no further than your own kitchen! Spinach and dark, leafy greens contain fatty acids, vitamins, and folate that work to protect and hydrate the skin. Antioxidants found in eggs can lead to firm and moisturized skin while providing protection against UV damage. Love guac? Avocado is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and monounsaturated fats that help your skin to hold its moisture.
Whether you’re heading to the ski slopes, getting your hot yoga fixe, or running errands around town, the quilted, water-repellent Walk This Way duffel has plenty of room to store your gear and winter beauty products. The Walk This Way comes with a removable laundry bag to keep your sweaty clothes or dirty shoes separate, plus a yoga mat carrier to keep your mat nice and close. Show us how you overcome the wind and cold while keeping your skin soft and glowing, by tagging us at #solandselene.
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