Need a Fix For Dry Winter Skin?
Shower in tepid water: I know that it’s tempting to take long hot showers on cold winter days, but showering in hot water for a long period can wash off the natural oils on your skin and can leave your skin dry and flakey. So instead opt for shorter showers in tepid water.
Use a hydrating shower gel: Chemicals, especially those found in beauty products, can cause the skin to dry out and flake. When shopping for a nurturing shower gel, look for a gel that is raw, vegan or organic and one that will seal in moisture as well as feed your skin with natural ingredients that are moisturizing and nourishing.
Exfoliate: Next to moisturizing the best way to achieve baby soft skin is to exfoliate. Exfoliation increases cell turnover. The best time to exfoliate is in the shower – the steam loosens dead skin cells and makes them easy to remove. The easiest way to exfoliate is to gently massage your skin with a brush prior to showering or use an exfoliating body scrub while in the shower.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! To seal in moisture, apply moisturizer as soon as you exit the shower. Look for products that are non-comedogenic and that do not contain petroleum jelly.
Why avoid petroleum jelly? Petroleum jelly is basically a byproduct of the oil industry. It’s a leftover residue created from the refining of crude oil and is thought to contain chemicals that may encourage cancer cell growth. Since our skin is the largest organ on our body – by applying petroleum to your skin, you are feeding your body (via your skin) petro chemicals. So what should you use instead of petroleum jelly? We like un-petroleum jelly because it’s made from all natural ingredients and has a similar viscosity as petroleum jelly.
Don’t Forget About Your Lips: Your lips have the thinnest layers of skin so they tend to dry out quickly. And because lips are the gateway to your inner body health, a little extra care should be taken to avoid using lip care products that contain artificial colors, dyes and preservatives.
HYDRATE: And don’t forget to drink lots of water and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have a high water content.
According to the University of Kentucky the following fresh fruits have a water content of 85 percent or higher: apricot, blueberry, orange, peach, pineapple, plum and raspberry. Melons such as cantaloupe and watermelon have some of the highest water content, at more than 90 percent. These melons are good choices for snacking because they contain less sugar than many other fresh fruits.
Many vegetables have a water content of more than 90 percent. The University of Kentucky lists the following fresh vegetables as having some of the highest water content: celery, cucumber, iceberg lettuce, tomato and zucchini. Other nutrient-rich vegetables with high water content include broccoli, green cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant and spinach. Vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants, minerals and fiber.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/457205-list-of-fruits-vegetable-with-a-high-water-content/#ixzz1oNVhpVVj