THREE Winter Beauty Tips for Brown Girls
So it’s winter time and you know what that means! Dry and ASHY skin! Nooooo ⊗
This time of the year can be extremely hard on our skin, so here are four tips to help keep your skin silky baby smooooth.
TIP 1: Drink lots of water! It seems so simple right? I find that we tend to feel less thirsty because…, well it’s cold out and our bodies are losing less water (due to less sweating, heating, etc.). The body is about 60% water, give or take. However, in general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 130 pounds, that would be between 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less. So don’t forget to drink plenty during the cold months. It should be noted that all fluids count toward your daily intake, not just plain H2o; even though this is true be mindful that certain foods and drinks can increase how much water you may actually need. Listen to your body, it will tell you.
TIP 2: Invest in coconut oil; yes, it’s a holy grail for the skin! It is light weight and absorbs quickly into the skin. A great moisturizer. Coconut oil contains healthy acids and oxidants, as well as vitamin E that will keep the skin soft and supple. You can use it from head to toe, literally. You can use it in your food, on your hair, on your face, on your whole body … you get the picture. While I love coconut oil and employ it regularly in my skin care regimen, some dermatologists warn that the use of coconut oil for acne prone skin can lead to more acne as it is effective in trapping moisture under the skin; but that could lead to clog pores and cause a breakout. So don’t over do it.
TIP 3: Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Need I say more? I will anyway. Exfoliating (daily) can improve the appearance of the skin and help rejuvenate your skin. Exfoliating works by increasing the rate at which dead skin cells are shed from the surface of the skin.¹ The removal of dead skin cells speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing smoother, healthier skin cells to take their place.² Exfoliating daily might be too harsh on the skin but you should try to aim for at least twice a week. You want to maintain that summer glow during the winter cold!
What are some things you do to keep your skin soft and supple during the cold months?
P.S. #LoveLatoya ❤