December came fast and in a hurry. It was as if November never happened! Just like the months change throughout the year, so does the weather, and it's not getting any nicer to your skin. Now it's time to reconsider your skin routine so your skin can adjust to the colder weather more efficiently. Winter air is brutal on the skin and it's drying; especially if you live on the east coast. Your skin will need all the protection it can get besides putting a scarf on or a hat on your head. For winter skincare, your skin needs topical protection to beat the elements.
Cold temperatures and low humidity rob moisture from your skin. Harsh winter air can leave cracks on the skin and at times bleedings if you don't tend to the skin promptly. Now is the time to rotate your skincare products from summer to winter. If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, cold weather will only amplify the condition. There are several things you can do before damage to your skin and to maintain its optimal health.
Below there are some winter skincare tips:
Dry skin care starts from the inside out. Staying hydrated is not only important for the summer month but the winter months as well. Make water your best friend if you haven't done so already. Your body is made of mostly water and must be kept that way. We are busy adults and of course, we love to have our coffee in the morning or throughout the workday. Be sure to rehydrate with lots of water. Water is good for your overall health and it also keeps your skin glowing as well. Water also keeps you looking younger because you are well hydrated. It will limit the appearance of wrinkles as well, hence giving you a more youthful look. Lasting elasticity comes from mostly drinking water to prevent dryness.
The fact that the skin is an organ, it covers all of your body. Skin is made of many cells and those cells need water to function properly. If the cells are not functioning properly, your skin will suffer. When your skin doesn't receive enough water daily, it acts like any house plant. It will become tight, itchy, and flaky. It will have a hard time protecting you from the elements of weather. Dry skin will have less resistance and you will wrinkle sooner than later. No one wants to age faster than a rose. If you are tired of drinking water all day, switch it up with tea or add some lemon to your water. There is also flavored water you can make or purchase from the grocery store. Even eating some fruits like watermelon or mango that is full of water is also an excellent way to gain water and nutrients in your body. This is the first step to your winter skincare.
Believe it or not, exfoliation is another key component to dry skincare. Skin must renew itself on a daily basis to stay fresh. We already exfoliate daily with our washcloth or loofas. When you take the time to give your skin some extra love, you are shedding off the dead layer of skin. No need to exfoliate extra every day, but I do recommend at least twice a week. You don't want to over-exfoliate because that can lead to skin irritation because that will be a bit abrasive. Exfoliating has a bunch of benefits; it unclogs pores, prevents acne, helps skincare products penetrate deeper, boosts circulation, etc.
Twice a week will be just what your skin needs to be more susceptible to absorbing moisture. Dry, cracked skin will act as a barrier to your moisturizers and will block any product from penetrating that fresh layer of skin. It will create a dry patch or a rough layer of skin that can cause discomfort. Just remember to buffer that skin and you will win! Here are some favorite dry skincare products.
This product cleanses and exfoliates at the same time! It's a two in one deal. As it cleans your skin gently, it also renews your skin so the cleanser can deeply penetrate those pores. It improves skin cell turn over and the appearance of the skin tone.
It is a perfect way to buffer way any dead skin during your shower. An acid-based body wash that will leave your skin supple and brand new.
- Heavy moisturizers
Now is the time to switch up your skincare routine a bit. Those light moisturizers that you used for warmer weather won't due to the bitter cold, especially when you live on the east coast or in colder climates. Your skin will be begging for more moisture; heavy creams or moisturizer is what you will need to keep dryness at bay. Heavy moisturizers will battle the winter elements for you and give you that added layer of protection from freezing temperatures. This is important for your dry skin care.
For those who have sensitive skin or have ailments (Psiorosis and eczema), skipping moisturizing is not an option for you. Cold weather will agitate the condition. Hydrated skin will look more youthful and slow down the aging process. The appearance of wrinkles will be less prominent when you incorporate heavier creams! Here are some recommendationsOsmosis MD Skincare Hydrate Plumping Moisturizer - after cleansing this will leave your skin plump and ready. It will reduce fine lines and wrinkles to give you a glow to your skin!
Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream - protects the skin from any aggressors from the weather while keeping your skin radiant! Replenix Pure Hydration Moisture Balm - Replenished the skin's moisture to prevent wrinkles and slow down aging.
Obagi Hydrate Luxe - this moisturizer provides overnight, ultra-rich moisturization and has a luxurious, balm-like texture.
- Make oils your best friend
Oils will either be your first or last layer of moisturizing depending on your routine and preference. Many love to use natural oils to seal in all of the work you have put into your skin. Oils give your skin that glow at the end of your routine and it stays throughout the day. Oils give skin that last protective layer that your skin needs to fight against winter. It will also keep your skin supple and youthful. For example, Argan and Avocado oil have vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants that provide nutrients for your skin. Vitamin E is super important, which gives the elasticity in your skin. Fatty acids in your skin reduce inflammation, create cell membranes in the skin, and overall health. Oils are essential for dry skin care.
Jojoba oil helps strengthen the skin. It also has chemical compounds that are similar to the skin's natural oils. It will have no problems being absorbed.Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil - nourishes the skin to bring back the moisture that was lost from cleansing. It also balances the skin to protect it from damage. Avene Skin Care Oil - a lightweight oil that doesn't leave the skin greasy. It is filled with antioxidants to keep your skin healthy.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Oil - multi-purpose dry oil, nourishes and beautifies. It's perfect for face, body and hair.
RMS Beauty Beauty Oil - lightweight yet highly concentrated, this multi-purpose beauty oil contains only the finest exotic oils and rare herbal extracts to boost skin radiance, provide antioxidant protection, and keep skin feeling hydrated for up to 12 hours.