During the winter, it’s hard to protect your skin from damage. We get it.

However, there are things you can do to help your skin. We all know about the importance of eating right and getting enough sleep, but there are so many other things you can do to promote the health of your skin.

Read on to learn some tips on how to keep your skin healthy during these last few cold months and even into the warmer months ahead.

8 TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN

DRINK UP

There is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin.

EAT A RAINBOW & STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR

healthy diet

Did you know that inflammation is the leading cause of wrinkles? To combat inflammation, you should be incorporating antioxidants into your diet.

The best sources of antioxidants are:

Avoid sugar-rich foods, as sugar can cause damage to collagen and elastin resulting in wrinkles.

GET THE BLOOD FLOWING

Having a routine exercise program can get oxygen circulating, releasing the toxins through your sweat. This can give your skin a clearer and firmer feel.

Great exercises that you can do include:

DREAM

If you don’t get enough sleep, you may experience decreased circulation. This causes the skin to appear pale and washed out. Your body does a lot of things while you are asleep, including regenerating and repairing your skin.

Make sure to get at least eight hours of quality sleep.

Can’t seem to fall asleep after your exercise program? You can try a few different meditation techniques such as abdominal breathing and counting down.

DON’T BURN

Too much sun can create damaged skin. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and to put on sunscreen.

Did you know that the rate of skin cancer in West Virginia is actually higher than southern states like New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana? This is because many people fail to use sunscreen or sunblock through the winter months.

Read our blog about sunscreen vs sunblock and learn why you should be using it throughout the winter.

CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES

How many of you forget to wash makeup brushes? It is imperative to the health of your skin that you regularly wash those makeup brushes. Dirt and bacteria build up can cause breakouts.

To wash your brushes, mix a few drops of facial cleanser/shampoo with lukewarm water in a cup, circle your brushes around, then rinse and let air dry.

LIVE FOR YOU

It’s always a good idea to take some time out for yourself. Stress and worry can cause breakouts.

If you feel stressed or worried, try some breathing exercises, or take a walk around the block.

Find some time every day to do one thing that you enjoy, just for yourself.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIPS

Your lips are an extension of your skin. Because your lips are even more exposed, they’re likely to be dehydrated during the winter months.

Steps you can take to help your lips along during these colder months are:

  1. Drop the lip licking habit. Your lips can dry out from you licking your lips. This damages the protective barrier your lips naturally have. Apply lip balm instead.
  2. How’s the humidity? If your house feels dry, plug in a humidifier to keep your lips and skin hydrated.
  3. Protect those lips. Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs an SPF protection.

GET BACK ON TRACK TO HEALTHY SKIN & LIPS | DERMATOLOGY CENTER FOR SKIN HEALTH

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