The temperatures are dropping this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you relax when it comes to taking care of your skin. Itchy skin, cracked skin, irritated skin; all result in a drop in weather and can wreak havoc on your largest organ.
That’s why it’s important to protect your skin barrier with a modified winter skin care routine. I’m sharing 11 top tips for you to keep your skin hydrated and happy through next year with these winter skincare tips.
For those of us in the south, cold, dry winter air is an added relief from the hot and humid summer months. But humidity is actually great for the skin!
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The skin barrier serves a super important function and you know how much I love my skincare. So it’s only fitting, I share ways for you to keep that glow AND keep your skin hydrated during these cooler months.
I recommend adjusting your winter skincare in order to prepare your skin for the dry and cold weather. Skin will need some extra TLC in the coming months so here’s how to winter-proof your skin.
MY WINTER SKINCARE LIFESAVERS
HOW TO KEEP SKIN HEALTHY IN THE WINTER
- Avoid the Hot Shower – I know there’s nothing like a steamy shower on a cold day to really relax you. But hot water instantly dehydrates your skin leading to added dryness. Instead, use warm water to keep from aggravating your skin.
- Layer on the Rich Moisturizer – I like to layer on the moisturizer day and night. I apply a lighter formula during the day to wear under my makeup. At night, I like to add a thick cream to lock in the moisture overnight. You can also add a facial oils to your skincare routine to really lock in the moisture. I use these as the last step in my winter skincare routine. Don’t forget your lips! A good lip balm made from jojoba oil or coconut oil will help soothe dry lips.
- Use a Humidifier– If you live in dryer weather, placing a humidifier in your home is a great way to add moisture to dry air. Added points if you use a hyaluronic acid on your face as this chemical pulls moisture from the air.
- Exfoliate – A gentle exfoliator will slough off dead skin cells to reveal new and smoother skin. I prefer to use alpha hydroxy acids for a facial exfoliator (gentler on the skin) and a physical exfoliator on my body. Then, layer on a thick cream or body oil. I would recommend exfoliating no more than 3 times a week.
- Don’t Forget the SPF – Winter months are usually accompanied with cloudy days. That doesn’t mean you should skip the sunscreen. Continue to wear your sunscreen daily to avoid sun damage and fine lines.
HEALTHY WINTER SKIN ESSENTIALS
- Cover Your Face From Wind – Cold wind can dry out your face fast! Be sure to cover your skin that’s exposed to the elements. This will help you avoid wind rash or aggravated eczema. Cold air will also make your blood vessels dilate causing a red nose and cheeks. So be sure to protect your face and also pack on the moisture to lessen the redness. Using serums and moisturizers that contain ceramides will help. Here’s one from a brand favorite.
- Lower the Thermostat – I keep my thermostat at around 75 degrees. Central heating may keep you comfortable and cozy, but can quickly dry out your skin. It will also dry out your home so a humidifier would work wonders, especially if you have dry skin.
- Use a Facial Spray – Facial sprays without alcohol like this one, can re-hydrate your skin throughout the day. Made with 100% grape water, this facial mist instantly hydrates and calms aggravated skin. PRO TIP: Use the facial spray after applying hyaluronic acid to give the serum added moisture to pull into the skin.
- Avoid Harsh Cleansers – Some soaps contain alcohol and fragrances that can aggravate stressed skin. Instead, use gentle shower gels and cream cleansers. Soaps with added oils like this one are great for the body. For the face, this is the best cleanser I’ve used.
- Wash Your Clothes – Well this is a given, but rather wash your clothes with detergents that don’t contain dyes or fragrances in their ingredient lists. Again, two culprits that can irritate your skin. Here’s one we’ve used.
- Water, Water, Water – If you want to keep your skin hydrated on the outside, be sure you’re hydrated on the inside.
I hope these winter skincare tips help you enjoy this winter season comfortably. Nothing like itchy, red skin to put a damper on your holidays.