My best 5 tips for
dry skin care in the wintertime

Winter is always a challenge for the skin. It gets dry and chapped, feels taut and overall uncomfortable. There are some things you can do to make you feel much better, in fact if you follow only 3 of them you might solve the problem for good! So here we go:

  1. Take short baths and not to hot! If you enjoy the bathtub in the winter, it is better for your skin
    Winter Dry Skin

    This is what My skin used to look like before. Thanks to the three tips at the bottom of this post it never happens anymore!

    to take short baths and keep the temperature moderate. I know how wonderful a hot bath is when it is cold outside, only problem is it can deplete your skin from its natural oils. Instead of foam, a few drops of a relaxing essential oil, mixed with jojoba or almond oil will be much better for you.

  2. When possible use some kind of humidifier in your home and/or office. During winter the indoor air gets very dry thanks to heating. Getting more humidity into the air makes it feel both warmer and have a soothing effect on your skin. You hair will thank you too.
  3. Use a soap with a good, slightly acid, Ph value. The skin has a Ph value around 4,5 and you should always use soap that helps you keep it there. Most hard soaps hare way too alkaline and should be avoided. It is one of the biggest reasons you feel a need to use a cream after you’ve washed your hands. Your Ph balance has gone out of whack. Liquid soap can be as bad, so be observant.
  4. Make sure you get your fatty acids every day. Omega3 is an essential substance your body need at all times. It helps lubricate your joints, keeps your brain alert and your eyesight sharp. Your skin is the last organ to get what it needs when it comes to Omega3, therefore you might have to eat more than recommended to make sure your epidermis, the outer layer of your skin, is kept soft. Ideally it should have a shine to it, as if constantly moist, without any lotion applied. Then you know all of your body has got the right supply of Omega3.
  5. And last but not least Avoid… Well, here is the secret ingredient you should avoid on our skin all year round and at all cost! To find out what it is, down load my report Your Skin – A Gude To Proper Skin Care. Just fill in name and email here to the right and I’ll have it sent over to you right away!

The last three of these tips work for me and is probably enough to keep your skin in good shape every winter, from now on. Good luck and if you have questions please write them below so I can get back to you with a reply.

Categories: On The Skin

6 Comments

Bodil lindstam · January 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I min klinik arbetar jag med att göra huden basisk enl. 6.000 års tradition. Bada i mjölk, salta inpackningar, såpa pH ÖVER 9.0. bINDVÄVEN VILL HA ETT Ph 7,4-8,0. I sur miljö stelnar äggviteämnen och cellmembranen skadas av syraöverbelastning. Fostervatten skall optimalt ha ett pH på 8,0-8,5. Då får bebisen en vaxad fin hud. på vad bygger du dina antaganden?

Tacksam för svar: Bodil

    Stella Scott · January 16, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Hi Bodil!

    Various organs of the body have different pH values. Blood, for example, is always slightly alkaline with a pH value from 7.38 to 7.42. In the stomach, the pH is very acidic, about 1.7. The small intestine is our greatest nutrient uptake. Here PH is almost neutral, about 7 to slightly alkaline. But this is all INSIDE the body plus, we are not babies inside our mothers womb any more!

    The skin’s pH is acidic. It varies slightly for different body parts. Scientific studies show that skin pH is on average 4.7 over the whole body. This low pH prevents bacteria to accumulate in the skin to develop into eczema or skin irritations. Note that skin is not facia, but skin. Sweat is acidic and quite healthy for the skin. If you do hot yoga for instance quite frequently it is very beneficial for the skin, partially thanks to the “acidic bath” for over an hour.

    I base what I say on observations on what has worked for me and others, with severe skin conditions, and a soap with an acidity of 4.5 seems optimal. Many times you don’t even need a lotion afterwards as the skin now can take care of itself.

    If your alkaline treatments work for you clients Bodil, wonderful! Keep up the good work, but I would never recommend it myself.

    Kindly,
    Stella
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Lori Thayer · January 10, 2013 at 3:17 am

Stella,

I was surprised by the tip about taking shorter baths. I take about 3 baths a week, often lasting for an hour and don’t find it makes my skin drier (and I live in Denver where it is very dry). It may be that I always add essential oils as you suggested and usually epsom salts. My favorite oils for the bath are Lavender and Ylang Ylang.

Great tips.
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Louise Myers · January 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

These are great skin care tips! I’m surprised how dry my skin gets, even in CA. I’ll be looking forward to more of your advice!
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