The winter months can bring on lots of change, including changes to your skincare routine. Your skin can go from radiant and fresh to dry and dull in a matter of weeks during the winter months. We’re sharing our winter skincare secrets so you can tackle the dry and boring skin and maintain a fresh & hydrated complexion.
Wash with a hydrating, gentle cleanser
On the contrary to foam-based cleansers, which help control oily skin, it is essential to start using a cream-based cleanser in the dry months of winter. Choose a hydrating cleanser with the right pH and natural ingredients that will not strip the oil from your skin, which can leave behind red, cracked skin. Cleansers are generally formulated with similar cleaning ingredients that essentially lift away residual dirt and makeup, but it is still important to scan the label for any harsh, drying, or irritating additives. These harmful ingredients may include sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, fragrances with phthalates, parabens, and more.
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Be generous with your moisturizer
Although the warm, humid months before may have not called for a moisturizing step in your skincare routine, it is important to add or enhance your moisturizing to ensure well-hydrated and smooth skin. Mindfully-made facial moisturizers should contain elements that hydrate your skin WITHOUT clogging pores. Ingredients that contain harsh alcohols, excessive fragrance, and parabens can easily cause irritation and in combination with the dry air, it is likely to bring on red, itchy skin. If you prefer heavy skin hydration at night, find a product containing retinol, aloe vera, and/or hyaluronic acid, which works to repair impurities in your skin while generously moisturizing as you sleep.
Keep a lip balm handy
Dry, chapped lips are all too common in the winter and often they can lead to painful cracked skin which is hard to cover, even with a lip stick. Keep your lips hydrated and fresh with a moisturizing lip balm. Look for a balm that contains shea butter, aloe vera, sunflower oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil to ensure your lips are nice and fresh through the chilly months ahead.
The bottom line…
Your skincare routine is highly dependent on your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive & combination) and that’s why it is important to choose products that are compatible with your skin while providing you that extra help you need through the winter weather. Be sure to hydrate your skin AND your body while maintaining a well-balanced diet. It is very common to forget to drink enough water during the winter months since you are mostly indoors and don’t sweat as much to feel the need to replenish water. What you eat also affects your skin so that’s why you should be fueling your body with the right products that can help your skin thrive during the holidays!