Winter in Iowa can be tough; it gets pretty cold, we get a ton of snow and it can even get icy. Winter in Iowa can also be tough on your skin. This is because winter air is very dry, which means it can make your skin feel dry, too. When your skin feels dry, it has consequences beyond just feeling tight and uncomfortable; it can lead to premature aging and also acne. Here are some suggestions from Dr. Alqulali on how to keep your skin hydrated this winter and all year long.
1. Stay Hydrated. This may sound like common sense, but it can be hard to drink all the water you need every day. Water is critical for your skin health, because it keeps your cells functioning properly and also plumps them up. When you’re getting enough water, your skin looks fresh and youthful. When you’re not drinking enough water, your skin can dry out and look dull.
Don’t know how much water you need? A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it in half. The result is the number of ounces you should try to consume. Purchasing a measured water bottle can help you track consumption, and there are also cell phone apps to help you keep track.
2. Stay Moisturized. In addition to drinking enough water, we also suggest that you keep your skin hydrated from the outside, too. This means using a high-quality moisturizing lotion or oil every day as part of your regular skin care routine. Look for skin care products that contain skin-benefiting oils like grapeseed oil, emu oil or argan oil. Keeping your skin moisturized helps it stay supple and healthy, but it also allows your skin to stretch more easily, which reduces the chance that your skin will develop wrinkles.
We suggest that you avoid products that contain coconut oil or cocoa butter for your face, as they can clog your pores and leave you with a whole different set of skin issues!
3. Use Yogurt on Your Face. Wait, don’t you eat yogurt? Yes, but you can also put yogurt on your skin. We suggest selecting a plain yogurt and smoothing it on your face as a mask for at least 10 minutes. When 10 minutes is up, wash the yogurt off. Using yogurt is a great way to reduce inflammation and redness. Don't use yogurt if you’re allergic to dairy, though - use honey instead.
4. Try Honey. Yes, honey! Honey is a humectant, which means that it can help your skin stay hydrated and moist. If you’re looking for a powerful, natural combination, you can use honey and yogurt as a face mask, or you can even use it as a scrub to exfoliate your skin.
Are you looking for great skin this winter? Call Infinity Medical Group at 888-716-0559 for more information about our skin-rejuvenating services today.