The hot summer sun can take its toll on our skin. Sun exposure and sweat can damage and irritate your skin leaving it looking weathered. You might think you’re off the hook now that Fall is approaching, but extremely cold weather can dry out your skin leaving it dull. You can keep your skin glowing all winter long by following a few simple tips during the cold weather!
7. Keep Humid
Turning up the heat will keep you nice and toasty, but it can also dry out your skin. One of the best ways to combat the effects of indoor heating is to use a humidifier. A humidifier will moisten the dry air in your living space, clearing your sinuses, and keeping your skin smooth and supple.
H2O is always a good idea. Cold winter days are no excuse to neglect your water consumption. If you don’t feel like drinking a tall glass of icy cold water, room temperature water will do the trick. Drinking enough water (about 8 glasses a day) is not only great for your skin, it also helps detox your body, prevents headaches and supports weight loss. Keep a water bottle with you (and set reminder alarms if you have to) so you don’t forget to drink it!
5. Mask It
Dedicate some real time to moisturizing, whether it’s by using high quality (all natural) skin care products or by using DIY methods. Always try to use natural moisturizers such as aloe, avocado, and coconut oil.
Wind, rain and snow can really take a toll on your face during winter. Regular exfoliation will prevent impurities and dead cells from dulling your glow. If you don’t get rid of those dead cells your face won’t absorb your moisturizer or other skin products. For glowing skin, make exfoliation your new winter habit by taking the time once or twice a week to renew your skin.
3. Cover It
Make an effort to protect your skin from the harsh climate as much as possible. Wear scarves and gloves at all times when you’re outside, especially on windy days. One thing to remember during winter is that even though it’s cold the sun can still damage your skin. Wearing sunscreen on particularly sunny winter days will prevent sun damage.
2. Mind Your fabrics
This is particularly important for those who suffer from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis: be mindful of the fabrics you’re wearing. Also be aware of the detergents you use to do your laundry. Your skin is particularly sensitive in extreme weather, and using certain detergents or wearing harsh fabrics like wool might trigger an allergy or bouts of acne.
Wash your face with lukewarm water when you come in from the cold and moisturize right after washing to keep your face from drying out from the cold. You’ll feel so much more comfortable and your skin will love you for it!
What’s your favorite winter skincare secret? Tell us in the comments below.