Dry skin hacks
Health and Beauty Jun 18, 2019
Dry skin hacks
One of the worst things about our Joburg winters is the toll it takes on our skin. Well, there’s no need to suffer. We’ve got some solutions for you to make it through the season relatively unscathed.
Keep it tropical not topical.
Topical solutions like moisturising cream on your face at night can actually be a bad idea. For instance, you could end up clogging your pores. This will just lead to all kinds of skin issues, like acne. Far better to have a humidifier in the room. Just as those in sub-tropical Durban don’t have the skin issues, we Joburgers have to deal with because of the humidity there, even in winter.
The humidifier will naturally keep your skin moisturised, no matter how dry the air outside gets.
Some like it hot. Your skin doesn’t.
Careful when showering. You may really want to have a steaming hot shower, but it will just strip essential oils from your face, making it drier during the day. Try find a happy medium when it comes to shower temperature. All your body wants is a consistent heat. You could rather take a hot bath and wash your face at the basin instead.
(The only problem with baths is the strong desire not to leave them. It’s hard when the air is so cold!)
Bathing is better for washing your hair too, if you insist on hot showers, because it will be difficult keeping your face from getting wet in the shower while washing your hair.
Water, not a cup of coffee.
Sure, we feel your pain when it comes to waking up in the dark hours. The sun rising later means we rise to a world of darkness. One understands the strong desire to crawl to the coffeemaker and get a cup of java to get you onto your feet.
But coffee dehydrates you. And the first thing to suffer will be your skin. Get into a healthier habit. Drink water throughout the day and keep your body well moisturised. Experts suggest three to four litres of water a day, or eight full glasses, is optimal for our bodies.
Just don’t drink it all at once. Water over hydration can be bad for you too because there’s only a certain speed that your kidneys can process water. And you certainly don’t want to drink a lot of water before you go to sleep. It’ll lead to a midnight run – a beeline for the bathroom.
Don’t drink and de-moisturise.
Another big thing to avoid is drinking alcohol. Or at least an overly amount of it. Perhaps a glass of red wine with dinner is fine. Provided you’re hydrating. But anything with an alcohol content of over 10% (which includes just about all wines) dehydrates you. Drinking in excess in general will result in your skin aging faster, and that’s partly due to the dehydration factor. Alcohol also has the effect of killing the vitamin count in your system, especially Vitamin B1.
A great dry skin hack is a spritz bottle with rosewater in it. Why is this so helpful? We’re not 100% sure, except that Rose makes for a good moisturising agent, especially when mixed with water. So, carry a bottle of this magic stuff with you, in your bag, ready to be deployed regularly. It’s delightfully refreshing too to spritz on your face, so it’ll help to feel a bit more awake. And that’s better than coffee in our book.
Finally, a food dry skin hack.
There are bad fats and good fats. The good fats can be found in fish and in fruit like avocado. So, ensure you regularly have fish for dinner (and lunch!) with a nice salad that contains avo and flax.
Then top off the salad with olive oil. It’s delicious and will give your body naturally hydration-retaining properties. Not to mention one of the biggest benefits of all: anti-aging.