How to “Winterize” Your Skin
It’s right around the corner – winter! And with that, the cold, snow and dry air can take a toll on your skin. Make sure you’re ready.
Skin care should change with the seasons to help maintain a healthy glow and stave off any weather-related issues like dry patches.
Top Winter Skincare Tips:
- Exfoliate – We believe in gentle exfoliating during all seasons, but in the Winter, it is a must! Pick a gentle, natural exfoliator to make sure you don’t overdo it. Exfoliating not only helps skin “turn over” (rid itself of old, dead skin cells) it will also prepare the skin so that your serums and moisturizers absorb and perform better. To learn more about exfoliating, see our article; Exfoliation for 40+ Skin.
- Change Your Moisturizer – You may use a lighter moisturizer in the summer and that works just fine, but, your skin can get very dry in the winter, so switching to one with deep hydrating benefits is crucial. This doesn’t mean you need a “heavy” moisturizer. Many of the new moisturizers have textures that are very light and soft, but still have strong hydrating benefits. Look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid.
- Treat Skin for Hydration – Add a weekly hydrating mask to your routine. Masks are all the rage now, and many application forms are available from sheets, to peel-off or clay. You can find masks focused on replenishing hydration, and your skin will “thank you” for the extra boost.
- Protect Lips Too – Winter can be especially hard on lips, making them dry and chapped. Exfoliating lips weekly can help eliminate flaky, peeling skin. Treat overly dry lips with a serum formulated just for lips. Wear a lip balm with SPF everyday (even under lipstick). For more on healthy lips, see our article; How You Can Have Full Healthy Lips.
Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Bodycare Too:
- Change Your Body Moisturizer Too – Just like your facial skin, the skin on your body needs extra moisture too. Try switching to a deep hydrating body butter.
- Mind the Shower Temperature – Really hot showers and baths can dry skin out in the winter; add to that the dry indoor heat and your skin can get zapped of moisture! Monitor and control the temperature in your shower, and the amount of time you spend in it.
- Right After Your Shower - Apply body lotion promptly after the shower (within minutes). It helps lock in the moisture from showering.
- Treat Problem Areas – Your skin can develop extra dry patches in the winter. Invest in a good all-purpose healing balm that you can apply directly to these areas. Remember to apply the balm as you ready for sleep too so it can work overnight.
Humidity is much lower in the winter, causing the air to be very dry. Adding a humidifier to your bedroom while you sleep can help improve dry skin, lips and sinuses. Also, stay hydrated – drink lots of water for both your body and your skin. See our article; Water for Beautiful Skin.
Hydrating your skin is one of the easiest things you can do to minimize wrinkles, and impart a healthy glow you will want to show off. After all, you’re an ”Ageless Beauty.”