Unfortunately, it’s not only the weather that can challenge your winter skincare. Stress on the news, changes in routine, and eating more sugar and fat than usual (which can happen in response to a lack of sunlight) can cause an occasional breakout, tightness, and dullness.
You can help reduce these effects by taking some precautions in your daily winter skincare routine. Try these 10 winter skincare tips.
1. Change It Up
The first thing to learn is how to take care of your skin in winter is to know that your summer skincare routine will not cut it in the winter. Your skin will probably need more moisture more often. If you usually use a lotion, you may need to switch to a cream. We suggest using our Mango & Vanilla Body Butter is great for an all-over softer feel.
2. Choose Your Cleanser Carefully
Cleansers can strip your skin of natural oils, dry it out, and over time, lead to more visible lines and wrinkles.
3. Exfoliate in the winter
Exfoliating brings back that youthful glow that is so often lost during the winter months. Try our Brown Sugar & Coconut Oil Body Scrub once or twice a week.
4. Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Winter weather appears to be less sunny but remember—those harmful UV rays are still out there. So one of the important beauty tips in winter is to always protect your skin with a safe sunscreen like one that contains zinc oxide and wear protective hats and clothing.
Bundling up or wearing protective clothing can help your skin.
5. Shorten Your Showers
Hot water feels great in the winter, but it saps the skin of its natural oils. Try to limit your long, hot showers and baths to once or twice a week, and choose lukewarm the other times. Always apply moisturizer immediately after patting skin dry.
6. Eat Right (most of the time)
Simple sugars and carbohydrates stimulate reactions in the skin that can lead to more acne breakouts. Avoid these during your daily life and you’ll experience fewer setbacks when you indulge during the holidays.
7. Wear Gloves
Our hands suffer the most during the winter—usually because we’re washing them more often to avoid the germs that can cause infections. Take your organic moisturizers with you and apply regularly, and wear gloves to protect the skin on your hands from the harsh winter weather is another way to prepare your skin for winter.
8. Use a Humidifier
As winter comes, the air dries out. The dryer the air, the more it steals moisture from your skin. If you live in a dry climate, use a humidifier, particularly in your bedroom at night.
The winter months are a great time to provide your skin with more nutrients so it can better withstand winter stress.
10. Try a Sugar Scrub on Lips
Chapped lips are the bane of winter living. Get rid of that dry, flaky skin with a homemade sugar scrub. Simply mix some regular sugar with some jojoba, coconut, or safflower oil, and rub gently on the lips once a day. Add a little honey for healing properties. Follow up with a nourishing lip balm.