Winter is coming! And with that comes the absolute worst conditions for your skin. Your face and body can become dry and irritated with the combination of cold, windy weather outside and heat inside. That’s why it’s extra important to take your skincare routine to the next level. Here are the best tips we’ve found for maintaining healthy, hydrated skin during the winter season.
1. Moisturize Frequently
Moisturizing early and often is one of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated throughout the winter. As it gets colder, however, you should opt for creams instead of lotions since creams provide an extra protective barrier. We also recommend incorporating body oils like coconut oil, rosehip oil, and tea tree oil to your skincare routine.
2. Turn on the Humidifier
One of the best parts of winter can be curling up in front of the fireplace and blasting the furnace to keep warm. Unfortunately, all this heat works to create an arid environment. You can combat this by using a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air. Make sure to keep one in your bedroom and anywhere else you spend a lot of time during the winter.
3. Use Gentler Products
It’s generally best to avoid products that contain alcohol and fragrances as they can both irritate and dry out your skin. These damaging effects can be even worse when the weather gets cold and dry. Always check the ingredients label of your skincare and opt for natural products that are alcohol- and fragrance-free.
4. Eat Your Antioxidants
Antioxidants aren’t just great for rubbing on your face (though we do highly recommend our Antioxidant Citrus Serum). Incorporating them into your diet can also help your skin appear bright and youthful. Make sure to load up on berries, dark chocolate, beets, pecans, and other antioxidant-rich superfoods this winter.
5. Avoid Hot Showers
After a walk through the snow or a day outside, taking a long hot shower or soaking in the tub can be a great way to warm up. While this might feel great at the moment, the hot water can not only dry out your skin but strip it of its natural oils too. Try to keep your showers shorter and use warm water instead of hot.