Tomorrow, December 21st, will mark the first day of winter, and the temperatures are dropping quickly! We'll see chunky knit scarves, twinkling lights, and Christmas trees on every block. But with the crisp, cool weather and the toasty, warm fires also comes dull and dry skin. Here are my 6 best tips and tricks to combat winter skin!
Wash your face well at night, removing any makeup or products from the day. The next morning rinse your face off instead of washing, and then pat dry. By rinsing only, you're not stripping your skin of its natural oils. This will help your skin retain its natural moisture content. I do not recommend this if you have super oily or acne prone skin.
Salt it up! Sea salt has numerous beneficial properties for your skin. It helps balance your skins pH levels, detoxify your skin, soothe many skin conditions (like psoriasis) which can flare up even worse during winter, and it's a natural exfoliator. So take a nice warm bath weekly (or more if you'd like!) and add sea salt.
Keep it natural. Dyes and perfumes can irritate your winter skin, where they wouldn't in the suppleness of summer. During winter, our skin becomes extremely vulnerable, battling the extremes of climate. You may experience light allergic reactions, such as itching or burning, when you use products normally used without any noticeable issues. To avoid this, use natural or organic products.
Wear sunscreen...! It's still very important to wear sunscreen during winter. Our skin is just as at risk to UV rays as it is in the warm months of summer. There's nothing worse than a sunburn on top of dry skin! Ouch! If you're in a part of the world where it snows, this is extremely important. Not only are you battling direct sun rays, you also battle snow glare.
Don't forget your lips! Your lip skin is one of the most sensitive to outside elements. Cold air, wind and dry heat from heaters and fireplaces can make your lips look drier than the Mojave Desert in the height of summer. Keep them moisturized with lip balms throughout the day. Try to find something with SPF...your lips can burn too! Exfoliate twice weekly, and don't lick or pick!
This last one is obvious, but a must for the list...Pile on the moisturizers! Switch your lotions to thicker body butters and balms. If you have really dry skin, I recommend looking for products that are oil based instead of water based. The oil will act as a protective layer and keep moisture locked in. One of my favorites is the Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Creme $12.49.
Let me know if you'd like to see more Tips and Tricks in the comments below. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!