Winter Skin Care Survival Tips
The weather is finally beginning to change; there’s a cooler breeze, the sun is setting earlier and all the holiday decorations are coming out way too early. But the temperature isn’t the only thing that is changing, your skin care routine should be too. Although we’re just getting a teaser of the cold months ahead, it isn’t a bad idea to start getting your winter skin care routine ready, and I’m here to help:
It can seem like a lot having a summer and winter skincare routine, but it isn’t, I promise. During the summer, there is extra humidity and heat in the air causing our glands to produce more oil, which can mean a few more breakouts than usual. We fight this oil production with using a foam based cleanser, which helps fight those annoying zits and keep them at bay. So when the temperature begins to drop using the same cleanser can dry out your skin. As mentioned there is less moisture in the air, and if we’re washing off the oil that your skin produces naturally, we’re going to over strip our skin of its moisture making it drier. Changing to an oil or milk-based cleanser is the first step to protect our skin. The oil cleansers turn into a light lather but are still moisturizing. On the other hand, the milk cleanser is a softer cleanse and doesn’t lather, so it’s gentler on dry skin.
Exfoliating your skin helps with cell turn over which can help with some scarring you might have gotten from breakouts during the summer. It can also brighten up the overall appearance of your skin by getting rid of dead skin cells (our skin sheds every day). This can help during winter by keeping our skin fresh and removing any flakiness. The key to exfoliating in cold temperatures is making sure not to over do it. Watch how your skin reacts to the methods you use. Look to see if your skin enjoys more of a mild or grittier scrub and start with exfoliating once to two times a week. If scrubs aren’t your thing, there are also a few serums that can gently exfoliate without being too harsh. The acids in the serums can gently remove dead skin and help with the appearance without being too abrasive. We want to show extra love to our skin if you haven’t noticed by now.
The major component (besides water) that helps keep your skin hydrated in winter is a good moisturizer. Depending on how dry or oily your skin can get you can use one moisturizer for both day and night, or keep your morning face cream and opt for a thicker one at night. If you still wake up with dry patches on your skin or it feels tight another suggestion is to add a facial oil to your routine. Face oils have become popular over the past few years, and there are many you can choose from: coconut, jojoba, rosehip or argan oil. See what unique attention you’re skin might need because they each included different benefits. The best way to not end up too oily is to mix a few drops of the oil into your moisturizer and massage onto your skin. Or even placing some directly onto your skin in the areas where you feel the driest can soothe your skin.
Yes, even during the winter months sunscreen is still important. It’s important, all year round. Sunscreen doesn’t just help when the sun is beaming down on you during the summer months; it helps fight UV rays, blue light (which we can absorb from any computer screen,) smog, pollution and free radicals. We’re exposed to these elements on a daily basis which our skin absorbs thus damaging our skin cells. Who wants early signs of aging? Nobody! Your skin will appreciate it 20 plus years from now!
What else do you change in your beauty routine during the colder months? Let us know in the comments!
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