Winter weather is here! As winter temperatures dip and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price. In frigid conditions, the skin is less able to protect itself. This can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation. Between the weather outside and the blasting heat inside, your skin needs extra TLC during the colder months.
Cleanse: Our gentle non-soap cleansers won’t strip away too much oil, but will still get rid of dirt and dead skin cells trapped in the pores. Our products contain antioxidants and vitamins which are essential for evening out discoloration and hyper-pigmentation, and oxygen quells the free radical damage caused by holiday stress and winter ice and snow .
Exfoliate in the morning: Your skin renews itself overnight, so exfoliate your skin in the morning to slough away any dead skin.
Be gentle! This is especially true for acne-prone skin: If you suffer from acne-prone or oily skin, scrubbing your face won’t make the oil and spots disappear, it will most likely do the opposite. And using products with harsh chemicals like benzoyl peroxide – particularly with this cold air – can send your sebaceous glands in a frenzy, causing them to produce more oil than necessary, creating a rebound effect, resulting in more breakouts. UGH! So, stick to exfoliating once or twice a week and use a non-soap, benzoyl peroxide free cleanser – like ours!
Tone: Oh no! – If you have been using an alcohol-based toner – put it away! These toners dehydrate your skin, which is the last thing you want, especially with dry winter air. Our kinder, gentler, oxygen infused toners are alcohol free and contain aloe to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed. And because they are pH-balanced, your skin’s delicate protective barrier will be maintained.
Moisturize: Hydrate your skin more frequently throughout the day with a non-greasy moisturizer that absorbs quickly and easily. Ours, with aloe vera, soothes irritated and environmentally stressed skin. And if you want to keep dry skin at bay, the best time to apply your body lotion is right after you’ve dried off after your shower or bath. That way you seal in the moisture that’s already been absorbed into your skin.
Eat!: In addition to modifying your skin care routine, it is crucial to take care of yourself from within. In the winter, the air can suck the moisture right out of your skin. Always drink plenty of water; staying hydrated will help keep your skin beautiful. And eat a wholesome, balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. An easy rule of thumb is that the more vibrant the color, the more vitamins and antioxidants your food has.
P.S. Sunscreen isn’t just for the summertime. Winter sun – combined with snow glare – can still damage your skin.