Winter Is Coming So Winterize Your Skin!

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It’s safe to say that warm, summer weather is officially on hiatus until next year. We’re expecting record cold temps in the teens here in the East Coast this weekend. My hometown of Chicago is already seeing snow! So, I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate (yes, I know that’s a strong word!) the cold weather of winter. Besides having to be really careful in it because of my asthma and now fibromyalgia, I get really dry itchy skin. The air is so dry and it just sucks any and all the moisture out of your skin and hair. Now, I’m usually really good at moisturizing my skin, but I have to kick it up a notch or two in the winter. I always look for products with pure shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and other natural or organic moisturizing ingredients.

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If you live in a region where seasonal changes occur, the needs of your skin will constantly change. During the colder months, our skin tends to get really dry as a result of temperature, the wind, indoor heating, and sometimes even from a lack of proper hydration (keep drinking H2O even in winter!). The cold frigid weather is only part of the problem in the winter. Long, hot showers and harsh soaps are also an issue. People with acne may have flare-ups more often during the colder months. Sufferers of eczema and rosacea may also experience more intense symptoms that may require a little extra care. But if you winter proof your skincare routine, dry skin can definitely be manageable, if not alleviated.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Take Warm Showers: While a hot shower on a really cold day sounds divine, hot water on our skin can actually cause us to lose a lot of moisture. Keeping shower temperatures down and keeping showers short can help keep your skin well-hydrated.

  2. Exfoliate: Very gently scrubbing your skin during the winter will actually help your lotions and creams work better. Use a mild exfoliant like a scrub with jojoba beads or a cleanser with fruit enzymes. Do this 1-2 times a week to get rid of dead skin – this will help your moisturizer and treatments absorb into your skin as well!

    Favorite Brands: Origins, Kiehl’s, Boots No 7, Garnier, Aveeno, Elf, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

  3. Switch to a Gentle Cleanser: Switch out your regular cleanser for a moisturizing cream cleanser to help hydrate your skin while still removing makeup and pollutants from the day. In general, “creams” are better for dry skin than “foams” or “gels” in the cold winter weather. Thicker, more concentrated products will also help you hydrate better this time of year.

    Favorite Brands: Origins, Kiehl’s, Boots No 7, Garnier, Aveeno, Elf, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

  4. Consider Adding a Serum: Serums can actually add an extra layer of protection and hydration to your skin. Look for a daily and/or nightly serum filled with essential oils and apply it before your moisturizer.

    Favorite Brands: L’oreal, Fresh, Benefit, Boots No 7, Elf, Burts Bees, First Aid Beauty, IT Cosmetics

  5. Upgrade Your Moisturizer: If you’re like me, we need a richer face and body cream with extra hydrating ingredients. So when shopping for products, look for ones with glycerin or sorbitol, which are humectants that help pull moisture from the air into your skin. For your day cream, remember you still need SPF even though it’s winter.

    Favorite brands: CeraVe, Aquaphor, Cetaphil, Kiehl’s, L’oreal, Garnier, IT Cosmetics, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

  6. Moisturize Quickly: Studies have shown that applying body lotion within 3 minutes right after you shower is best for your skin. Some brands have in-shower lotion products now. I’ve not tried those but I’ve heard great things about them. I’ve been known to use a cocoa butter oil gel in the winters right after I get out of the water. I lightly pat my body down with a towel first and then apply.

    Favorite brands: Nivea, Eucerin, Aquaphor, First Aid Beauty, Lubriderm, Vaseline Intensive Care, Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Body Oil Gel, Aveeno, Curel, Shea Moisture, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

  7. Don’t Forget Your Lips: The cold dry air is not only harsh on your skin, but it wreaks havoc on your lips too. I keep multiple lip balms or ointments at work, by my bed, in my purse, gym bag, work bag, and one in each winter coat or jacket. Whatever you do, don’t lick your lips when they get chapped! That only makes it worse. Ohhh, try a lip scrub to exfoliant your lips. I love Lush’s Bubble Gum Lip Scrub!

    Favorite brands: EOS, Burt’s Bees, Shea Moisture, Kiehl’s, Nivea, Carmex Moisture Plus, Chapstick Total Hydration, Vaseline Lip Therapy, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, C.O. Bigelow Rosebud Salve, Nivea Lip Butter, Blistex Ultra-Rich Hydration, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

  8. Don’t Forget Your H2O: The importance of drinking water isn’t just for the hot weather months. It’s easy to forget this time of year but it’s still equally important for your body. Water is necessary for your skin, your immune system, your digestive system…you name it! Getting the daily requirement of water eliminates many toxins and keeps your skin clear and not only hydrated…but absolutely glowing! Throw in some fresh lemon to add some flavor and a little “detox” to your water.

    Now if you get tired of plan H2O, switch it up for a few cups of herbal tea. It’s a yummy way to stay hydrated, and if you choose teas like green tea, white tea, spearmint tea, ginger tea or lemon tea you’ll be helping your skin/body by adding in all the extra antioxidants and detox benefits!

  9. Invest In A Humidifier: Sometimes a moisturizer and good H2O habits aren’t enough to combat extreme temperatures or very dry indoors. Try a humidifier to keep by your bed as you sleep. Our skin’s surface gets drier as the air does, so keeping adequate moisture in the environment helps skin, hair, sinuses and your throat from becoming too dry.

Follow these tips and save your skin from the winter blues!

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