When the season changes and the air gets cold, you can feel the impact of winter on your face pretty quickly. Dry or dull skin from the winter chill can be reversed with effective skincare tips and tools to improve your daily routine. If you add effective tools to your routine then you will give your skin the soft and invigorated look that you want even with the dryness of the season!
Stay hydrated. This is important for the health of your entire body, but it is particularly important for your skin in the winter. The lack of moisture in the air means there is less moisture for your skin to absorb, which is why we get drier during this season. Doctors recommend about a half of a gallon each day, and if you struggle with drier skin then you may need to try taking in a little extra moisture. Set reminders on your phone or place sticky notes around your home or office to be sure that you do not forget to hydrate!
Swap your moisturizer. Be sure to use a heavier, oil based non comedogenic moisturizer. This moisturizer is specially formulated to avoid clogging your pores. Comedogenic moisturizers will help seal water in your skin more so than a water-based face lotion. Since the winter is such a drying time of the year for our skin, this is an important addition to your skincare routine during the season.
Munch on veggies. Vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that are important to the health of our skin such as vitamins A, E and C. Many vegetables, however, are also full of water and will increase the amount of water that you are consuming each day. The more that you incorporate vegetables into your diet, the better it will be for your skin. Especially in the winter!
Switch up your cleanser. Gel based cleansers are great, but since your skin is more dry during those winter months it may be a good idea to try a cream cleanser. Cream cleansers will add more moisture to your skin and gel cleansers are designed to reduce the oil on your face rather than replenish them. If your skin gets too oily with cream cleansers the rest of the year, you can simply switch back when the season no longer calls for them.
Turn down the heat. As relaxing as it is to take a long, hot shower or bath, getting carried away with it is not very good for our skin. The temperature of the water along with the cleansing products that you are using will deplete the natural oils on your skin. Since we know that the winter causes more dryness than usual, this is a particularly bad season for spending too much time in a hot shower or bath. Try moving the nozzle to something warmer rather than something too hot so that the depletion of your natural oils can be reduced a bit. Also be sure that you moisturize thoroughly throughout your whole body to replenish your skin immediately after exiting the shower or tub.
Getting regular facials. The dryness of your skin in the winter requires more moisturizing, careful and thorough cleansing and proper exfoliation to keep your face fresh and rejuvenated. The best way to get rid of old skin cells to expose the healthier and fresher cells is through a facial with a licensed esthetician. The winter is the best time to do it because your skin is in the most need of professional products and skills. You will also be able to ask your esthetician for their expert advice on how you can improve the skincare routine that you are executing at home.
The winter won’t last forever, but while it is here it can feel long and frustrating, especially for your skin! Stay on top of your skincare and hydration to make it more bearable for your face and you will keep looking healthy and glowing.