The weather outside is frightful, but your skin doesn’t have to be. Learn how to turn up your skincare regimen and boost moisture to maintain beautiful skin this season.
The cool winter air triggers an immediate response to pull out our turtle necks, scarfs and boots to keep warm. However, so often forgotten is the preparation needed to brace our skin for the season’s dry chill. The frosty winter weather removes moisture from the air. In the same way, indoor heating systems can also zap moisture from air.
That in mind, stepping up your regular moisturizing routine to keep your skin hydrated, soft and youthful looking during the winter is key. Here are some top tips we’ve found to help reduce chapping, itching, dry skin this season.
1. Lock in Moisture
One of the best times to moisturize your skin is right after a cleansing bath or shower. The reason for this is because your pores are still open. To lock moisture in your skin, be sure to apply your favorite lotion or balm while your skin is till damp. This will help to seal in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
2. Have a Solid Moisturizer
Finding a great year-round moisturizer can be difficult to find. For the winter, skip the water-based or petroleum-based moisturizers and go with a butter or oil based one. Going with a natural, nourishing butter or oil-based cream or lotion will give better results when working to retain moisture. It will create a protective layer on the skin. All Over Body Balm is made with natural, hydrating ingredients like shea butter, aloe and vitamin e, which helps to soothe dry, itchy, sensitive skin.
3. Saturate the Air
Indoor heating systems can dry out the air. Consider picking up a humidifier to put moisture back into the air. A portable one strategically placed in your bedroom while sleeping will help keep your skin from drying out.
4. Protect Yourself Year-round
Sun or no sun; your skin still needs protection. Try applying sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they're exposed) about 20-30 minutes before going outside.
5. Hydrate Inside- Out
Keep your water intake high. Instead of going for hot tea or cocoa, try warming up some water with a bit a lemon. You skin and body overall will love you for it.
We know to moisturize during the day, but moisturizing at night is just as important. Especially for thinner skin areas (i.e. hands, feet elbows and knees) that can lose moisture faster.
7. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate
Did we say exfoliate?! The skin is constantly shedding dead cells. It is important to help the skin exfoliate to ensure that it can continue to get the moisture it needs to stay hydrated. When the body has too many dead cells, the moisture cannot penetrate. Using a moisturizing body scrub to once a week to your routine, would help.
8. Load up on Hydrating Foods
A major part of moisturizing involves eating foods that are proven to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try loading up on foods with high water content such as apples, oranges cantaloupe, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, zucchini to name a few. You may also want to consider incorporating an omega-3 supplement such as fish oil or flaxseed to your nutritional diet.
9. Use a Hydrating Cleanser
Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. Make sure your winter cleanser has moisturizing ingredients. When using a facial cleanser, make sure to apply to hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in the moisture right away.
10. DIY Pantry Masks
You can give your skin a hydrating boost by applying a homemade mask using ingredients of honey, avocado, yogurt, bananas, milk, aloe, olive and jojoba oils. Check out our “beauty on a budget” recipes for more information.
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