It’s hard to believe, but winter is on the way…and fast. Temperatures are dropping at a rapid pace and Christmas decorations are starting to pop up around the neighbourhood. While it’s easy to get excited about the holiday season, there is one major drawback: cold weather and indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin.
Before you stress yourself out, take a deep breath and relax. It’s time to change up your skincare routine! This year, you won’t have to deal with dryness, flaky patches, or tightness anymore. Here is your ultimate winter skincare guide…it’ll keep you looking beautiful from head to toe.
Start With the Scalp
The winter is typically filled with fun parties, formal events, and family get-togethers. Which is why the last thing you want to deal with is an itchy, flaky scalp. Unfortunately when the weather starts to get cold, every part of your skin is affected. This season, trade in your regular shampoo for something that gives your scalp some much needed attention. You’ll want to choose a moisturizing shampoo that focuses on reducing flakes. It will give your scalp the moisture it needs and get rid of that uncomfortable itchy feeling.
Change Up Your Moisturizer
During the winter months, nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important than a good moisturizer. It is the best way to deal with dryness. Before you reach for your every day moisturizer, stop and take a look at the ingredients. Not all moisturizers are made equally – and they shouldn’t be used all year round. Certain moisturizers work better in certain temperatures. For instance, during the wintertime, your moisturizer should be thicker and oil-based.
When selecting your winter moisturizer, make sure that your products are oil-based rather than water-based. The oil will protect your skin better and give you even more moisture. Keep a look out for products with vitamin E or shea butter – they are ideal for extreme climates. Be careful what moisturizer you use on your face, though! Something too heavy can clog your pores. Look for oils like almond oil, avocado oil, or mineral oil when choosing your ideal facial moisturizer.
Don’t Forget to Exfoliate
Have you ever noticed how dull and lifeless your skin looks in the winter? There is one easy solution…exfoliate! Using a body scrub or exfoliating mitt, exfoliate your skin twice a week to remove any dead skin cells. Not only will this make your skin look brighter and healthier, it will also allow your moisturizer to skin in deeper. This means your skin will stay hydrated for even longer.
Get the Perfect Pout
No one likes having dry, chapped lips. They irritating and they hurt, too! This year, avoid this common problem by staying hydrated. To do that, you’ll need to drink tons of water (which is great for all of your skin throughout the year), use a lip balm with an SPF in it, avoid licking your lips, and staying away from lip products that contain petroleum. Why? Petroleum can actually make it harder for moisture to get to your lips.
Use a Hand and Foot Cream
It’s important to take care of every part of your skin. This includes your hands. Even though the skin on your hands is thinner, they are often exposed to the cold during the winter. This can make your hands dry and cracked. Use a hand lotion when you get up and before you go to bed…and don’t forget to wear gloves when you leave the house!
Your feet also take a hit in the wintertime. Wearing wet socks and boots can make the skin on your feet extra sensitive and dry. The solution? At night, use a foot cream or lotion that has either petroleum jelly or glycerine in it. To add even more moisture to your feet, don’t forget to exfoliate every as necessary.
Other Winter Skincare Tips:
- Stay away from hot showers. Even though a toasty shower sounds perfect after coming in from the cold – don’t do it! The hot water can lead to a loss of moisture in your skin. Opt for warm showers instead.
- Use a humidifier in your home. Your indoor heating can seriously dry out your skin. By using a humidifier, you’re putting more moisture back into the air.
- Apply sunscreen. Even though the sun isn’t as hot in the winter, that doesn’t mean it can’t affect your skin! Be sure to use sunscreen before you go out to avoid doing any damage.
Winter may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be awfully hard on your skin. Take care of your body from head to toe by following this simple winter skincare guide. It won’t be long before you see (and feel) the difference!