Winter weather is not your skin’s best friend. Cold weather and low humidity levels cause dry air, which steals essential moisture away from the skin. This can lead to flaky, cracked skin and even chapped lips. Not only do harsh winter winds make the problem worse, indoor heaters further rob the air of moisture. Even hot showers and skin cleansers will work against your skin’s best interest.
Moisturizers help, but there are some things you can do to prevent these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth all winter. We’ve assembled this Winter Skincare Guide to help you keep your skin looking and feeling its best all winter long.
1. Wash with Lukewarm Water
Hot showers and baths always feel great in the winter, but whenever possible, choose lukewarm water to wash your hands/ face and bathe in to avoid stripping the natural oils away from the skin. Also be careful not to use harsh cleansers. Instead, choose gentle natural facial cleansers that won’t dehydrate your skin.
2. Exfoliate 1-2 Times Per Week
It can be hard to remember to properly exfoliate your skin. It's essential to give your skin some help in getting rid of those dead skin cells. Your skin can’t maintain the proper moisture if there are too many dead skin cells on its outer layer. You should exfoliate your hands and face 1-2 times per week (depending on how dry your skin is) after using a gentle cleanser, then follow immediately with a moisturizer to protect and hydrate your skin.
3. Moisturize Daily
During the winter, your skin will need extra moisture. It helps to apply some kind of hydrating moisturizer right after you get out of the bathtub or shower. Applying moisture to damp skin helps to seal in hydration. You want to make sure to pick a moisturizer that is best suited to your skin type, and as always, choose a product that is cruelty free.
Tip: use a lighter moisturizer in the morning and a heavier one at night.
4. Protect Your Skin From the Elements
When you go out into the bitter cold, it’s always a good idea to wear a scarf and gloves to protect your skin from being exposed to the damaging effects of cold, dry air. Also, Don’t forget about harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun, which can be just as bad in the winter as they are in the summer. As a part of your daily beauty regimen, you should apply a moisturizer that offers broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s damaging rays. It’s also good to choose a 100% natural moisturizer to help hydrate, protect and improve your skin's quality.
5. Maintain Your Skin Through Proper Diet
According to skincare expert and best-selling author Jessica Wu. MD: “Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin. If you crash diet or eat highly processed foods, your skin won’t be as strong and supple as it could be. For example, if you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen (which makes your skin strong) and elastic tissue (which makes it supple).”
Simply put, proper diet is essential to maintaining beautiful healthy skin.
Tip: There are many sources of good plant-based proteins for those of you who are vegan and vegetarian.
6.Re-hydrate and Moisturize Overnight
Dry air from indoor heating can be a detriment to beautiful, hydrated skin. You can combat this by investing in a small humidifier for your bedroom. Humidifiers put moisture in the air and keeping one running while you sleep is a good way to prevent air from the furnace drying out your skin. You can also use find a good hydrating night mask that you can use overnight to maintain your healthy, supple skin.
7. Drink More Water
We’re all guilty of one huge mistake in the winter. We love to drink hot beverages like coffee, tea, cocoa, or a nice chai latte with soy milk and a double shot of espresso to get us over the afternoon hump. It’s so easy to forget to drink enough water. It’s recommended that you drink about 64 fluid ounces, or about 8 glasses of water a day. If you drink a lot of coffee, smoke, or do anything else that could cause dehydration, you should drink a few more glasses than normal to compensate. Drinking enough water is imperative if you want to keep your skin looking its best.
If you follow this 7 Step Winter Beauty Guide you can keep your skin looking beautiful and smooth all winter long. What are your favorite masks for keeping your skin healthy in winter? Do you prefer store brands or do you like to use DIY masks? Leave a comment and let us know your winter beauty secrets. xoxo ;-)
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