It’s time to face the facts: winter is here. The moment the temperatures change – from warm, humid air to a chilly vortex – your skin suffers first. In drier and colder conditions, our skin is less able to protect itself. This leads to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration and ultimately, inflammation. But this doesn’t have to be the case! You can take initiative to soothe and restore hydration in your skin by following our top four tips for your best winter skin.
1. Switching products in your skincare regimen
As winter approaches, the key functionality in your skincare regimen should be hydration. For the face, try combining your daily moisturizer with a couple drops of your favourite hydrating serum. It’s a great way to increase hydration levels without needing to buy a completely new product.
Swap out your deep-cleaning cleansers with a gentle hydrating cleanser so your skin’s natural oils are stripped during your daily routine. Whenever possible, try to use a gentle cleanser in the evening and stick to warm water in the morning to leave your face soft and plump.
Replace your heavy-duty mask with a mild, soothing mask to prevent aggravating the skin. Look for masks that are more targeted to those with sensitive skin (even if you don’t typically have sensitive skin!) because those can help cleanse pores and remove blackheads without leaving you feeling dehydrated.
2. Start bumping up the oil levels
During the colder months, your skin will produce less oil and become flakey, red and feel super tight. If you typically have oily skin, this may not be a big worry for you but for those with dry skin, adding more face oil into your routine can really help.
One great way to do this is through double cleansing – adding an oil-cleanser first before your regular face wash. An oil-cleanser can remove waterproof makeup and dirt while also soothing dry, itchy skin!
3. Identify the sneaky culprits in your lifestyle
In addition to having a powerhouse skincare routine, there may be some other sneaky things in your life causing you to have dry skin.
Wool Clothing: Taking wool sweaters and scarves on and off can irritate your skin.
Hot Baths and Showers: While a hot shower may be absolutely perfect on a cold day, the heat can be too harsh on your skin.
The Furnace: Don’t worry, we’re not recommending going the whole winter with the heat turned off but the air coming from your furnace will create an extremely dry space. Try putting a humidifier in your room or living area to increase moisture.
4. Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean you don’t need SPF
This is a big one. Sunscreen is absolutely still critical in the winter because it shields your face from UV damage and pollutants. Think of it as the outer layer that keeps all the moisture and hydration within while blocking out all the harsh chemicals. Aim for SPF 15 or higher.
While we’re all missing the warm days, winter can be a really fun season – the first snowfall, chai lattes, and the holidays. Make sure to take care of your skin ahead of time with these four tips and you’ll forget dry skin ever existed.
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