Every year around this time, as the winter weather starts to settle in, I begin to notice the effects the cold weather has on my skin. My lips become chapped, and my hands get dry and crack. Winter weather can pose many challenges to our skin. For this reason, it's essential to make some changes to keep your skin radiant and healthy this time of the year. In this blog, I'll share five winter skincare tips to help protect your skin during the colder months.
Why You Need Winter Skincare Tips
It's not just that winter can be harsh on your skin; it is harsh on your skin, which is why you need a different approach to skincare in the winter. What causes skin to become dry and cracked in the winter? The main culprit is the drop in temperature. The second thing is that we also spend more time indoors. Heating our homes, while necessary in the winter, causes the humidity inside to decrease and dry out the air. Let's look at how to combat these two culprits of dry and cracked sin.
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Hydration is the first step to warding off dry and cracked skin, especially in the winter, when the air tends to be drier. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin hydrated and helps ward off wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Additionally, water helps flush out toxins in your body, which can help reduce inflammation and redness in your skin. Drinking water helps keep your skin looking plump and hydrated. So, make drinking up that H2O a daily habit.
2. Be Gentle
Your choice of cleanser plays a critical role in your winter skincare. Not all cleansers are equal, and some are more harsh on your skin. These harsh cleansers can strip away your skin's natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated. Choosing a mild cleanser is a simple yet effective step to remove dirt, oil, and impurities without irritating the skin, and it also helps reduce the appearance of acne. Using a mild cleanser also helps maintain your skin's natural protective barrier to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy all winter.
The cold winter months are harsh on your skin, leaving it dry and dull. How can you combat dry and dull skin? By adding exfoliating to your winter skincare routine. Exfoliating helps your skin by removing dead skin cells and revealing the softer, smoother layer beneath. It also helps to improve circulation, giving your skin a healthy glow. Regular exfoliation with a product like my Body Polish will help revitalize your skin all winter.
4. Butter Up
As the temperatures drop, your skin needs a little extra TLC to help shield your skin from the harsh winter weather. The cold temperature zaps away your skin's moisture and dries it out. Body Butter should be an essential part of any winter skincare routine. It helps to nourish and protect your skin from the harsh winter weather. It also provides a protective barrier against the cold and locks in moisture to keep your skin healthy and hydrated all season.
5. Shield and Protect
Winter may bring colder temperatures and cloudy skies with fewer sunny days than summer, but that doesn't mean you can skip sun protection. Even during the wintertime, the sun can still cause damage to your skin. Make sure to use a daily moisturizer with SPF. Taking the time to protect your skin from the sun during winter can help keep your skin healthy, reduce your risk of skin cancer, and minimize wrinkles. Embrace sun protection as a year-round commitment for overall skin health.
Treasure Your Winter Skin
Every season has a different challenge for your skin, and winter is no exception. By incorporating these winter skincare tips, you can help combat the adverse effects of cold, dry temperatures on your skin. You'll ensure your skin stays hydrated, cleansed, revitalized, moisturized and protected. But don't get me wrong, winter is harsh on your skin, but try to enjoy winter for the beauty and joy it can bring in a simple cozy sweater or fireside cup of hot chocolate. Embrace the season, but treasure your winter skin.