When we hear about winter, we often think only of the fancy puffer jackets that keep us warm, the trendy wool coats that keep us stylish despite the season, or even the throws and fur slippers that keep us warm and cozy inside. So we shouldn’t forget that there’s more that we should think about. In this case, the skin and, therefore, skincare in winter.
Are you suffering from dry skin this winter? Well, I can tell you that I’ve experienced it as well. Having grown up in a country where it’s cold, it’s about 15 degrees, and now living in a region where it can be as cold as minus 40 degrees, I had to put more effort or interest into skincare.
This is to prevent the skin from getting cakey, patchy, and extremely dry due to the cold breezy winds and the winter season in general. Hence, this post!
I’m sharing a few tricks you can use to make sure your skin stays in good shape during the winter!
Winter skincare routine tips
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Adequate hydration is a natural remedy for many things. One of them is to keep the skin healthy and glowing. Therefore, adequate hydration, such as through water, is one of the best things we can do through our diet to prevent dryness.
Ways drinking water helps improve skin (article by Pure Luxe Medical)
Moisturizing is the be-all and end-all of winter skincare.
Most of us assume that using a moisturizer is only important in the summer. But this isn’t the case. We should use it all year round, whether we are indoors all day or not. Instead, we need to apply an ultra-moisturizing moisturizer or a vitamin c gel moisturizer on our face, hands, and feet to keep the skin hydrated, nourished, soft, healed, and healthy.
Also, don’t forget that we are washing our hands even more often because of the pandemic, so it works wonders if you always use a moisturizer for your hands afterward.
Make use of cleansers
This is one of the steps we shouldn’t forget in our skincare routine. It’s a good idea to replace our current body wash with a moisturizing cleanser in the winter, especially if your usual choice contains drying ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid. Therefore, before toning and moisturizing, we should cleanse our skin to prevent further drying.
I know we mentioned this in the summer essentials post, but dear friend, we are using it even during the gray winter days!
In winter, the Earth’s northern hemisphere is turned away from the sun, and the atmosphere blocks some of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Temperatures drop as the sun’s rays are farther away. But do not let these seasonal effects fool you. When you are outside, you are still at risk for skin damage, according to MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Don't forget the lips
I don’t know about you, but the skin on my lips was the first sign that the harsh weather of the winter season was really affecting me.
For this reason, I realized that it’s essential to take care of them as well. So opt for a good moisturizing lip balm that will prevent dry and chapped lips and nourish the skin all over.