Winter, it’s cold, dry, and dreary...and it tends to wreak havoc on our skin. But it is not too late to prep your skin and save it from the harsh effects of the winter season!
Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy throughout the winter months so you can blossom next season with a healthy, springtime glow
INVEST IN A DEHUMIDIFIER
One of the most common skin issues during winter is dryness. A humidifier can bring some moisture back into your home to keep your skin hydrated throughout winter. Place it in rooms where you spend a significant amount of time, like your living room and bedroom. Another option is to use a EO diffuser by the bed, or place a bowl of water on the floor close to a floor vent.
APPLY LOTIONS WHILE YOUR SKIN IS DAMP
This winter skincare tip is for both body and face! Applying your hydrating products to damp skin is a super easy way to keep your skin ultra hydrated!
When skin is damp, not wet or dry, products like moisturizers and lotions add an extra boost of hydration and help lock it all in. This means your skin will stay moisturized much longer, and you’ll also see much better results when it comes to overall hydration and the health of your skin.
With both the cold and dry air, skin gets dehydrated much faster during the winter, which means you’re left with more dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin.
Exfoliating regularly helps remove those dead skin cells, plus bacteria and dirt, leaving your skin looking so much healthier and smoother. Moisturizers and other hydrating serums are able to do their jobs much better on skin that’s been exfoliated. Aim for exfoliating at least once a week during the winter months - this applies to both body and face!
TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOUR HANDS
If you’re anything like me, your hands get extra thirsty come Winter and need a little extra love during these colder months.
Adding a hand lotion to your routine is a simple way to make sure your hands stay hydrated and soft all winter long. My top picks are Purdy's Smooth Move Lotion for daytime and Lunah's Whipped Body Cream in the evenings
If you have super sensitive skin, or if your skin has become cracked or broken, keep it simple and use a non-scented, extra moisturizing salve like the Repair & Restore Salve and the Derma Healing Salve which are both designed to relieve extremely dry skin.
DON'T FORGET THOSE KISSERS!
Lips suffer just as much as the rest of your skin does during the colder months, so it’s important to take good care of them too!
Keeping lips moisturized with a good lip balm, like the Lip Treatment from Earth Potion Apothecary is essential in the winter.
And if your lips are especially dry or flaky, you can add a lip exfoliator into your winter lip care routine. I really like Lunah's Detox Body Polish - that can be used on your entire body! Don't forget to follow up with some lip balm!
TURN DOWN THE WATER TEMP.
We know you love a good soak, but this can actually dry out your skin. Your skin will thank you for taking a 5-to-10-minute lukewarm shower versus a 45-minute blistering hot steam session. I love a hot shower too but if you are struggling with dry and itchy skin in the winter try turning down the water temperature in the shower and see if that helps!
USE GENTLE CLEAN PRODUCTS.
Since our skin tends to be more sensitive during the winter months due to the increased dryness, it’s best to opt for cleansers and skincare products that are ultra-gentle on your skin. Look for products that are fragrance free, moisturizing and won’t strip away the natural barrier of the skin - if you have yet to try a product from Lunah, I highly recommend!
Skin health is important not only for your appearance and self esteem, but more importantly because your skin performs many essential tasks for your body, So, your skincare should be considered an investment of sorts. I know I was sick and tired of wasting my hard earned money on new products that weren't working for my skin. The biggest game changer for me was simplifying the ingredients I was using on my skin, and remaining consistent with my skin care routine.