The winter months can be anything but warm and fuzzy for your skin. As the air becomes colder and drier, your skin needs extra hydration to maintain its healthy glow. So before you grab that cozy blanket to relax, check out these tips to help get you through the cold-weather season.
Hydration vs. Moisture
Think of your face as a combination of oil and water. Hydrating your skin is replacing the water, while moisturizing is replenishing the oils. When it comes to hydration the gold standard is hyaluronic acid, which floods the skin with moisture with no oily feel. This is ideal if you have oily or sensitive skin. Dry skin needs oils, like coconut or jojoba, to lock in moisture and keep it looking and feeling smooth. Choose a cream or light-weight lotion and you’ll glow through winter in no time.
Skip the Hot Shower
Scalding hot showers can strip your skin of natural oils. No matter how tempting the cold weather, use lukewarm water when you shower and set your timer for 5-10 minutes. Dump the harsh soaps and opt for a hydrating body wash. Apply moisturizer afterwards while your skin is still damp to keep flakiness away. Spending too much time in front of the fireplace or heater can also take its toll, resulting in dry skin and chapped lips. Set your thermostat lower and use a humidifier to put some moisture back into the air and keep skin from dehydrating.
Moisturizer can’t do its job through a layer of dead skin. Exfoliate your face, hands, and body no more than a couple of times a week during winter and enjoy the smooth results. You can also use a salicylic or glycolic product for a brighter, more luminous complexion. And don’t forget about your lips. Use lip scrub to help keep them soft and kissable.
Layering Is Not Just For Clothing
No need to pull out that super thick jar of cream. Like a sweater and an overcoat, a serum and moisturizer go hand-in-hand during winter. Serums can hydrate deeper into the skin, leaving your moisturizer to protect and seal in the good stuff. And don’t forget sunscreen, either built-in or applied on top. Your skin needs protection all year round.
Give your skin a treat with a hydrating sheet mask or intense body serum and you’ll be sure to greet spring with radiant skin.