4 Ways To Solve The Most Annoying Problem Of Winter

by Michelle Belair

It's that time of year again.

The wind has embraced a bitter chill that leaves you feeling like you're constantly thawing out, your eyes start to water as soon as you step out of the warm comfort of your home and your skin has been completely zapped of moisture.

You've taken drastic measures to the point of literally bathing in oils, but it's no use.

You're left with fish scales for legs, and the skin on your face is coming off in flakes.

It seems like you need little more than a miracle, and you've started to accept you're just in for a super dry-skinned six months.

Slow your roll. All hope is not lost.

These four tips, combined, may be exactly what you've been looking for:

1. Drinking Water

This may seem obvious, but the majority of us are dehydrated and don't even realize it.

There is the age-old standard of drinking your eigh glasses a day of water .

And no, I'm not talking about water mixed with juice or tea.

Fitness trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, founders of Tone It Up, recommend all active individuals should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces daily.

Not only does staying on top of your hydration intake help your body's organs function optimally, but your skin is desperate for it.

When you start drinking enough water, your skin will look and feel more hydrated, brighter and help fight any breakouts.

So fill up that water bottle as soon as you wake up in the morning, and start sipping away.

2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

During these winter months, we need to be vigilant in adding moisture back into our skin.

When you come out of the shower, pat your skin dry and immediately apply generous amounts of moisturizer to your face and body.

You might opt for an oil, lotion or combination of both.

If you want to try out both, start with the oil first.

After a few minutes, apply your lotion.

Some of the most moisturizing agents include shea butter, sesame oil, argan oil and coconut oil.

They're all certainly worth a try.

3. Diet

Food plays a key role in the health of your body and skin.

Sure, eat your warm comfort foods (it is winter, after all), but don't forget to balance that out with the good stuff.

Omega-3 fatty acids are about to become your new best friend.

According to The Beauty Bean, foods such as salmon, avocado, almonds, tuna and olive oil will help reduce water loss in your skin cells.

This means that even when you're sitting in extremely warm rooms trying to fight off the bone-chilling cold, Omega-3s will help keep your skin looking fresh, even as the heat tries to steal your moisture.

Eat whole, clean foods. I'm talking fruits and veggies, ladies and gents.

Ditch the processed, unnatural junk foods and reach for cucumbers, oranges, whole grains, proteins, grapefruit, strawberries and broccoli.

These foods contain Vitamin C and Vitamin B, both of which increase hydration and collagen to help your skin look its best.

4. Using A Humidifier

So, we know we can do something about increasing the hydration within our bodies.

But what about our homes?

Winters can be so cold and dry that it sucks up any moisture left in your home, and it leaves you waking up with headaches, bloody noses and our number one enemy, dry skin.

Pop a humidifier or two in your bedroom and the main gathering area in your home, and leave them on all night long.

You'll quickly notice what a difference it makes.

It will reintroduce moisture into the air of your home, making it easier for you and your skin to breath and stay balanced.

And hey, if these four things fail, add a few seashells around the room, put on some ocean music in the background and you can pretend you're living on a tropical island, not the frozen wasteland you call home.

They say the power of the mind is everything, right?