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Your Wintertime Skin Health Checklist

Your Wintertime Skin Health Checklist

 

The colder months can be brutal on skin. It can seem hard to believe that your skin can get so painfully dry when there’s so much moisture coming from the sky!

Luckily, with a little preparation and a few tweaks to your daily habits, you can keep your skin comfortable and looking great all season long! At Southern Natural, we offer handmade goat’s milk soap and other skincare products to help you soothe skin conditions and enjoy feeling smooth and healthy all year long. In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing how you can use our products in conjunction with healthy habits and precautions to minimize the bite of winter on your skin and emerge in the spring with smoother, clearer, brighter skin than ever before. Read on to learn about our Wintertime Skin Health Checklist!


Avoid Inflammatories

Flushed, red skin and general ruddiness are harder to avoid during cold months than at any other time in the year. With coats coming on and off and your skin experiencing dramatic temperature changes as you alternate between inside and outside, controlling your skin’s inflammation and redness is the first key to optimal skin health in the wintertime. Here are a few ways to reduce skin redness:

Wear layers..

It’s tempting to bundle up in your thickest socks and biggest coat when temperatures drop below freezing, but doing so is impractical as it’ll only leave you overly warm and flushed when you’re inside. Instead, try wearing multiple layers of clothing to make it easier to control your body’s temperature and avoid flushing from being too cold or too hot. 

 

Go light on desserts.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are filled with filling feasts and some of the best desserts of the year, but avoid pigging out too often — many of the most common ingredients found in desserts, such as sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, refined carbs, and artificial trans fats are all notorious exacerbators of skin redness. 
Drink responsibly.
In addition to the myriad other ways that excessive alcohol consumption harms your health, drinking dries out your skin and affects your sleep, depriving your skin of some of the natural restorative benefits of sleep.

    Moisturize & Hydrate Regularly

    Dry skin is just a part of life in the winter. While it may seem counterintuitive to be battling dry skin at a time of year when many areas of the country see their highest levels of precipitation, humidity levels are actually at their lowest in winter, meaning your skin is exposed to air that’s drier than it is in the summertime. Luckily, regularly hydrating and moisturizing your skin is easier than you’d think!

    This is where our goat’s milk soap holds the most value. Unlike the types of soaps you’ll find at supermarkets, goat’s milk soap contains a bevy of natural nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that nourish, hydrate, and moistruize the skin. It’s a whole host of benefits that most soaps contain naturally — it’s just that name-brand soap producers remove these nourishing materials during the production process so that they can turn them into moisturizers and creams. So in essence, washing with goat’s milk soap is like applying soap and moisturizer at the same time! 

    If it sounds confusing or too good to be true, check out our Benefits Of Goat’s Milk Soap page to learn more about what makes us so passionate about this unique type of soap!

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    Don’t Skimp Sun Protection

    Depending on which area of the country you live in, this particular bit of advice might seem ridiculous, but it’s very important! Sun exposure is just as threatening to your skin during winter as it is in the summer.While there might not be as many bright, sunny days, the sun’s UV rays reflect off snow and can harm your skin, and if you live in a mountainous region, the sun is actually harsher on your skin than in areas closer to sea level. Therefore, it remains important to consider sunscreen and other precautions when you’re outdoors, even during winter. 

    An area of the skin that is often overlooked is your lips! We proudly offer a variety of flavors of lip balm that can keep your lips protected from drying out or being burned by the sun. It’s always good to have a stick of lip balm on hand in the winter — after all, you don’t want your New Year’s kiss to feel leathery, do you? 

     

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    Treat Your Skin

    Your skin deserves a little TLC every now and then to truly look its best. You could take a spa day or get a facial… or you could bring the spa to the comfort of your own home with our Dead Sea Bath Salt Therapy products! These enriching mixtures of specially sourced bath salts turn any bath into a luxurious soak that nourishes and softens your skin. In other words, it’s just as good for your skin as it feels!

     

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    Double Down On Healthy Skin Habits

    Many of the things we love most about winter — the colder, cozier weather, the Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas treats — are all skin stressors. That’s why come winter, it’s helpful to double down on the healthy habits you may have been employing for your skin earlier in the year. There are a quite a few things you can incorporate into your routine to achieve healthier skin; here are just a few:

    Establishing a consistent sleep schedule with at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night is the best thing you can do for your skin
    Avoiding overeating
    Avoiding overeating, and avoiding processed meats can help you reduce the likelihood of acne or other cosmetic skin concerns
    Exercising regularly
    Exercising regularly can help counteract the impact that increased sedentary activity and larger meals can have on your health
    Washing your face
    Washing your face before bed and exfoliating your skin regularly will help prevent your skin from getting too oily and appear brighter

      Invest In More Comfortable Skin Today 

      Whether you choose to follow this Wintertime Skin Health Checklist religiously or simply choose a new habit or two to try, the most important thing for your skin during weintertime is to simply pay more attention to it! Between the drier air, fuller plates at the dinner table, and other factors, winter is a tough time of year for your skin, and anything you do to soothe it or ease its burden will make a difference you can both see and feel. 


      If you’re ready to start washing smarter and treat your skin to the nourishment it deserves, browse the Southern Natural online store and pick out your favorite scent of goat’s milk soap today!