Winter has officially arrived, and this winter wonderland will also bring harsh temperatures and cold winds, causing serious damage to our skin. Indoor heating and lack of moisture in the air cause dryness, itching, chap cracking and irritating the skin. Our rule of thumb is that when you open the stove, it’s time to adjust your skincare routine to supplement, treat and protect your winter skin.
Here are 10 simple tips for protecting your skin this winter:
- Avoid using cleansers that remove the skin’s natural oils. The skin should not feel clean after cleaning. Instead, choose an oil, cream or gel-based cleanser to help support your skin. Rinse with hot water and further dehydrate the skin.
- Add toner or hydrosol. This is a key part of the skincare products that are often avoided. Read the composition label of the hydrosol, which is the aromatic water of the plant steam distillation. They nourish, moisturize and balance the skin, improve the skin’s function as a barrier and enhance product absorption. Spray the spray directly onto the face after cleaning, then seal the skin with a few drops of the essence.
- Add facial oils: The ultimate winter skincare for each skin type is an antioxidant-rich facial serum. Apply three to four drops directly to the skin (after the hydrosol) or add the essence to the moisturizer and massage to the skin. The nutrients will be sealed in the skin.
- Switch to a richer moisturizer or lip balm. Cold temperatures and winds dehydrate the skin. Whether you are a skater, skier, walker or non-winter enthusiast, you will experience harsh indoor and outdoor temperature fluctuations. Add a nutrient-rich moisturizer or lip balm to protect your skin from moisturizing, healing, calming and soothing winter skin.
- Protect winter skin from the sun. In winter, the intensity of ultraviolet light does not decrease. Snow acts as a reflector that reflects ultraviolet light and increases the chance of sunburn. When outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum SPF to the face, ears, hands, and lips and reapply every two hours.
- Exfoliate your skin. Gentle exfoliating every week to remove dull skin and enhance product penetration. Keep it mild, because excessive exfoliation can lead to further inflammation and increase dryness. Don’t limit your exfoliation. Dry your body with natural fiber brush every day to exfoliate, detoxify, stimulate circulation, and reduce the need for over-application of lotion.
- Don’t ignore your lips. The cold weather on the lips is hard to bear. Avoid using petroleum-based lip products. Treat dry, chapped winter lips with a lip balm containing shea butter and beeswax.
- Add a mask. Apply a moisturizing cream mask or as a night cream while taking a bath. Wear it on the bed and remove it in the morning to reveal a glowing, radiant complexion.
- Prepare a healthy diet rich in antioxidants. In addition to drinking 8 glasses of water a day, protect and strengthen your skin, nails, and hair during the winter, while containing a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, D, and E as well as zinc and selenium. Add fish, avocado, sweet potato, kale, nuts, citrus fruits, green tea, spirulina, and bone soup to your diet to keep it dry and help your skin glow.
- Investment humidifier: While indoor heating or wood-burning fireplaces keep us warm, they also absorb moisture from the air, drying and dehydrating our skin. Household stoves or humidifiers in bedrooms or offices can significantly increase humidity and improve skin moisture.