As we used to call the heating guy to come in every October or November to make sure things were in working order. It was like a check-up. Think of your skin in the same way. It’s time for your winter skin check up.
Just like you wouldn’t think of walking outside in a tank top and shorts when it’s 30 degrees outside, you shouldn’t keep the same summer skin care routine going when it comes to the largest organ of your body, which is your skin. It is necessary to use different products to get desired results. For example, in the summer a lotion may have been sufficient but in the colder months a cream may be needed to increase hydration.
Today, I want to share my 8 best winter skin care tips that work especially well during the cold weather months and make sure the season doesn’t diminish your glow
1. Switch to a heavier lotion and cleanse the skin only once a day at night to prevent dryness.
Over-cleansing the skin can actually strip the skin of necessary oils that keep it looking healthy. You also want to use your toner less. A great toner is a nice way to keep your skin beautiful and combat oil during the summer, but it can be too harsh during winter months. Double check and make sure your toner isn’t full of oil stripping alcohols.
2. Try to take shorter showers.
Winter usually means we take hotter showers, which zaps the skin of moisture. Make sure to moisturize head to toe immediately after and towel dry. The skin will be able to absorb the moisturizer more effectively if it is still moist.
3. Don’t skip sunscreen.
This is one of the biggest skin care mistakes people make during the winter. The truth is the sun is just as damaging to your skin, UVA and UVB rays are still out in the winter and you can even catch damage through your windshield driving to and from work. Just make it a regular skin care habit to slather on the sunscreen each day and reapply every few hours if you’re out in the elements more.
4. Treat yourself to a facial.
Facials provide a professional level of exfoliation, balancing and deep cleansing the skin while addressing a multitude of skin conditions including acne, rosacea and prematurely aging skin. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are my favorite form of exfoliation because they dissolve dead skin without the irritation of a harsh scrub. AHAs are also water-loving. After you use them they actually help bind moisture to the skin. They also increase cellular turnover, improving skin tone and texture. Common AHAs are glycolic acid (derived from sugar), lactic acid (derived from milk) and mandelic acid (derived from almonds).
5. Stay hydrated.
Drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day. A healthy dose of water increases the body’s ability to remove toxins, which can lead to acne breakouts, dry skin and inflammation.
6. Monitor the heater and Invest in a Humidifier.
As the weather becomes cold, we tend to crank up the heat, which can throw your skin’s balance out of whack. The combination of an indoor heater and drier weather can cause skin to become dehydrated and as a result. So invest in a humidifier, it’s not only great to maintain your dewy skin, but also will help to combat dry hair.
7. Baby Your Poor Lips.
This isn’t the time to run out of the house without lipstick or gloss on. Why? Those products provide a natural shield from the elements when it comes to this sensitive skin area and Stop Licking Your Lips because what you’re also doing is licking away the natural barrier on your lips between them and the cold. It’s a bad habit that gets worse results if you live in a cold weather climate.
8. Eat a lot of veggies and fruits.
Winter poses a challenge because the fresh fruits aren’t as plentiful, but you can sub in some great apples and oranges. Veggies are a little trickier because you might dupe yourself into thinking you’re eating a lot of them thanks to winter stews and soups. Wrong! When you cook veggies, you literally heat many of the nutrients and vitamins right out of them. You should make sure to eat raw veggies in salads or even with dip as a snack to make sure your skin is getting the maximum health benefits.