When It’s Cold and Dry, Moisturize

Emily DaSilve, Staff Writer

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In the winter, a teenager’s skin tends to get really dry and flaky, especially in New England. There are many natural and inexpensive remedies that one can either make or find on the kitchen shelf. Use some of these methods to have moisturized and healthy skin through the winter.

Olive Oil

People looking to save money and keep skin moisturized can use some natural oils from off the kitchen shelf, such as olive oil. Olive oil is a great natural oil.  According to EcoWatch, it can be used to “soften skin or condition your fly-away, winter-ravaged hair. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe reddened skin and some types of outbreaks and rashes.”

Shea Butter

Shea butter is very popular. Most people have heard of it before. EcoWatch reports that shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the shea tree found primarily in Africa where it’s long been used to treat dry, sore skin. Shea butter melts at skin temperature.  It’s easily absorbed, and it contains vitamin A, which helps repair dry, cracked skin. When shopping for it, make sure to look carefully.  Shea butter is used as the base in most beauty products we use today, but many chemicals can be added to it. Consumers would want to get the most natural version as possible with no artificial fragrance or color.

Edible Remedies

To stay healthy and moisturized in the winter, it’s not always what people pass on the outside, but it’s also what they eat, for example strawberries.  Strawberries have anti-aging vitamin C per serving.  Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have less wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t. This one’s for those guacamole lovers.  One of the main benefits of avocados comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of the skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated according to the Healthy Foods website.

Water

Yes, water is known to be important, but many tend to forget about it. Water helps the skin get enough moisture inside and out. While people might not feel as thirsty as they did in the summer because it’s freezing cold,  they must not slack off from drinking plenty of water.  Dehydration makes people’s skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration.  So don’t forget about water!

Tips for keeping the little things moisturized

  • Always moisturize the lips so they don’t get chapped and dry.
  • After getting out of the shower, moisture the body with body lotion. I recommend Neutrogena body lotion.  If you’re looking to buy a specific one that works well, then it might be difficult to find in stores, so I recommend a site like Amazon.  The full name of this body lotion is Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Moisture Wrap Body Lotion.  This lotion is great for the winter and summer. It’s great for both seasons because always having something to keep the skin moisturized gets the skin used to it, so it protects the skin.
  • Get used to wearing gloves, heavy jackets, and scarfs because it’ll help you stay warm.
  • In the winter, it’s really cold, and people just want to take hot showers, but people should wash the more sensitive areas,  such as the face and hands, in cooler water because hot water is bad for the skin and often causes redness.
  • Keep in mind that if a person doesn’t really have dry or sensitive skin, then he/she shouldn’t use lotion because it’s just adding something to your skin that you don’t need, so it’ll make your skin drier.  However, every once and awhile it is alright.

DIY Face Masks/Scrub

Avocado face mask from Bustle.com

Ingredients:

½ avocado (make sure to crush it)

1 teaspoon of aloe vera

1 teaspoon of olive oil

When making this mask, it’s very important to crush up the avocado as much as possible because this mask gets very messy. This is a very moisturizing mask because avocados have a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. Aloe vera brightens the skin, and the olive olive hydrates and prevents aging of the skin.

Oatmeal face mask from Bustle.com

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1 egg white

1 handful of oats

Oatmeal? It sounds a bit strange, but it works. This mask fights dry dull skin. People with dry skin will understand how hard it is to get the skin to glow.  The egg white tightens and brightens the skin while the coconut oil sinks into the deepest layers of the skin for moisture.  The oats hold all of the ingredients together.  Oats help the skin retain moisture.

Lemon Face Scrub

Ingredients:

1 lemon

white sugar

Olive oil

For this face scrub, cut the lemon in half and and take out the seeds.  Apply the sugar to the half lemon, and rub it in.  Sugar can exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.  Adding the olive oil enhances exfoliation, soothes your skin, and adds moisture to skin. After that scrub the lemon with all the added on ingredients on the face! Rinse with water.

Keeping Hair Healthy in the Winter

It feels great to take a nice hot shower in the winter because of the cold, but it’s neither healthy nor good for your hair and skin because it doesn’t allow conditioner to do its job. It is better for you to take a shower with warm water to wash your hair and then rinse it with cold towards the end because cold helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner, which helps your hair look shiny and healthy.

If dry skin in the winter is an issue,  then try these methods because I guarantee that there will be a difference in the skin. Taking good care of the skin, especially in the winter, is very important. Always keeping it hydrated and healthy will bring less problems. So stay moisturized kids 😉

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When It’s Cold and Dry, Moisturize