Cold air, raising the heat indoors, and taking long hot showers all come along with the winter. Unfortunately, all of these factors can cause our skin to feel dry, flaky, itchy, and unpleasant this time of year. Aside from lowering the heat and taking a lukewarm shower from time to time, below is a list of essential winter skin care tips that can help reverse these winter skin conditions.
1. Switch to a gentle exfoliator.
We’ve said it before: it’s a beauty myth that you shouldn’t exfoliate in the winter. The key to eliminating the chance of redness and skin irritation is to switch to a gentler exfoliator this time of year. Look for an exfoliator with moisturizing ingredients like honey to help prevent moisture loss, and gentle ingredients like almond meal and oats to get rid of those dead skin cells and flakiness.
2. Use multiple layers.
Just like you put on an extra layer of clothing put on an extra layer of moisturizing ingredients.
Drink your water, but also make sure you’re not skipping out on step #3 and #4 in your skincare routine – using a serum and then a moisturizer. Serums can not only add more hydration, but if you’re experiencing increased redness and winter skin sensitivity or want to use the winter time to treat dark spots, a serum can help these conditions as well.
3. Switch to ingredients for moisture-loss.
When your skin is naturally dry or tends to become dehydrated during the winter (learn the difference), look for ingredients that will help prevent moisture-loss, such as hyaluronic acid, seaweed, shea butter or mango seed butter! Find out more skincare ingredients to look out for.
4. Use the night time to your advantage.
Put the beauty in beauty sleep! Use the night to help repair your skin, and lock in essential moisture by using a restorative night cream before bed, and a hydrating mask treatment 2-3 times a week. You can also repair winter skin dryness on your hands or feet by layering body cream on areas in need and pairing with mittens or socks on top!
5. Don’t forget about your body.
Applying a moisturizer not just on your face, but all over your body is necessary to avoid dry, flaky, itchy skin. During the winter, the cold and dry climate causes moisture on our skin to evaporate faster and thins out our skin’s natural lipid (oil) barrier that serves to moisturize our skin and protect it from bacteria and the elements. After you shower, use a rich body crème or oil to help lock in moisture and protect your skin’s lipid barrier!
Have any skin care fixes that you make during the winter? Share with us all in the comments below!