Despite the pomp and pageantry that accompanies the holiday season, we all detest the drying effect the weather has on our skin and hair. I personally have more paper cuts this time of the year.
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It’s easy to say “Just moisturize,” but are you moisturizing the proper way. That’s why I will be sharing tips on how you can properly keep your skin, hands, and nails healthy.
1. Limit the use of alcohol-based products.
I have created the habit of reading the ingredients on skincare products before buying them. I generally avoid products that have alcohol in them, because they tend to be drying. Don’t get me wrong a combination of witch hazel and denatured alcohol makes a superb astringent. Other than for toning purposes, I don’t recommend lotions with alcohol.
2. Use a moisturizing facial mist at intervals during the day.
Moisturizing face mist with Aloe and Rosewater are my favorite. I spray them on my face, hands, and arms whenever they feel dry. Then I follow with a moisturizer or light oil.
3. Cuticle oils
Using cuticle oil at bedtime will prevent cracking. You can make yours with any light essential oil of choice. I personally make my cuticle oil with jojoba oil and grated lemon peel because it lightens and brightens my cuticles.
4. Use gloves when working with cleaning agents
Many of us get dry hands after doing dishes or cleaning the house. It is beneficial to use latex gloves to prevent your skin from drying out. Repeated drying can cause discoloration, darkening, and calluses on hands.
5. Do not over exfoliate
Exfoliating involves removing dead skin cells to reveal new and vibrant skin. Like everything too much is bad, so limit exfoliating to bi-weekly or once depending on the strength of your exfoliating agent.
6. Use mild cleansers and body washes.
Generally, cleansers are alkaline but I know better to get acidic cleansers with ph 5.5 or 6. They protect the acidic mantle on your skin, rather than stripping off your skin’s natural oils. Remember, according to recent research, the ph of a normal skin is acidic ranging from 5.5 to 6.
7. Drink plenty of fluids
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 7 to 8 glasses of water with electrolytes. I cannot overemphasize this tip. Imagine how a withering plant look robust days after it is watered, the same way our skin looks healthier when you hydrate.