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3 Ways To Avoid Ashy Skin This Winter

Winter will not only leave you cold, but it will leave your skin dry AF

BY Naledi K

Jun 22, 2021, 02:49 PM

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Growing up, the winter season was characterised by a change of body lotion on mama’s toiletries list. We knew winter had properly made itself felt when we switched from whatever fancy lotion we may have been using since January to Vaseline (vaseline used here to mean any kind of petroleum jelly brand as most South Africans normally say).

Vaseline was the only way most mamas knew to keep their kids from being ashy and looking like they didn't have lotion. Mama knew that lotion would disappear as soon as the harsh conditions outside did their magic, so petroleum jelly was the only way the kids and adults could keep their lather shining.

As adults, we now know a bit better. Even though I’ll happily admit that every winter I make sure I have Vaseline on my list - out of habit… and well mama knows best. 

What I mean is we now know that winter brings changes in humidity and temperature that create perfect conditions for causing dry skin. We know that the extended long hot shower or bath, as well as the cold outdoor weather, harsh winds, and sun all, also contribute towards stripping the skin of its natural, moisturizing oils. #IfYouDidn’tKnowNowYouKnow

The other great part of adulting is that we also know that we need more than mama’s trusted petroleum jelly to keep the moisture in our skin. 

Here are three things you can do to help your skin this winter:

You Got To Drink Water And Eat Right

Foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil will go a long way in helping your skin from the inside. You also can’t slack on drinking water… Yes, I’m talking to you ma’am I know the toilet seat is cold and you don’t wanna take off your spandex but… it is what it is!

Don’t Stop Using Sunscreen

The winter sun is dangerous. The cold gives you the illusion that it is cold and then your brain will tell you that it’s probably alright to skip out on the sunscreen but don't you dare do that. The days may be shorter and sometimes even darker and dreary in winter, however the sun doesn’t sleep on duty. It will burn you! The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage to your precious skin. So, before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body. Mmmkay? Okay, good.

Find The Right Products To Use

As I said, mama was onto something with the change of skincare regimen to fit the different seasons. It is actually best to keep a skincare regimen as simple as possible when treating dry skin. Using a moisturizer is the best way to rehydrate the epidermis and prevent water loss from the skin. Thick, greasy moisturizers without perfumes are generally the best option.

Pro and bonus tip: Mama also had another trick up her sleeve. She would add lemon or tissue oil or glycerine to the regular lotion for the “anti-vaseline” people in the house so that they also wouldn't’ go around “ashing all over the place” - and it worked. Turns out ingredients, such as lanolin, silicone, and mineral oil, help seal moisture into the skin. They also form a protective barrier to reduce damage from environmental factors.

Now, how’s that for mothers being undeniable stars?