Time to "Winterize" Your Skincare
When the weather outside is frightful, it's time to "winterize" your skincare. A change of seasons always stresses skin, but cold, dry weather sucks the moisture right out, leaving it flaky, tight, and dull. Even if you live in a warmer climate, cooler air can still make a difference.
Overheated offices and holiday (over)indulgence in sugar, fat, and alcohol also take their toll.
Skin is the body's largest organ and holds water inside, so in winter, water evaporates from the surface quickly. But with a few easy tweaks, you can keep your skin glowing all season.
More Moisture Is a Must to Keep Skin Soft and Smooth
Step up hydration by switching to richer, oil-based face and body creams, and a mild, non-stripping cleanser. Add a nourishing serum containing hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, use a wrinkle-fighting retinol if your skin can handle it, and apply a product containing antioxidants to boost collagen production and help keep skin firm. If you're super dry, cleanse your face at night (always remove makeup before bed!) and just rinse with cool water in the morning.
Buff Just Enough
Exfoliate gently with a mild scrub two or three times a week to rev up circulation and slough off dead cells. Not only will it help treatments penetrate better, but it will also help makeup go on more smoothly. Use moisturizing masks to hydrate, fight signs of aging and boost radiance.
Before makeup, prep your face with a primer, especially if you have dry skin, to smooth over any creases and indentations, which will be magnified by makeup. Avoid drying, water-based, matte, and long-wearing products in favor of moisturizing cream foundation — cream blush, eye shadow, and lipstick, too. Instead of powder, set makeup with a moisturizing facial mist and spritz on to refresh throughout the day.
Don't Skimp on SPF!
Protect skin by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher every day. Winter sun and snow glare are a hazard, and UVA rays can go right through a glass window.
While you're hydrating your system, you may be drying out your lips. Every time you take a swig from your water bottle, remaining droplets on lips evaporate and cause dryness, so replenish lost moisture on lips by applying a moisturizing ointment or balm often.
When it's cold, your first impulse might be to step into a long, hot shower. Bad idea. Hot water can strip skin of natural oils. Shorten showers and use lukewarm water and a moisturizing body wash. Better yet, take a bath, and If you have very dry, itchy skin, throw in some soothing oatmeal or baking soda.
Apply body lotion within three minutes of getting out of the shower — that's when moisture begins to disappear. Blot your body with a towel first so skin is still damp, then smooth a thick, oil-based cream all over. For a back-from-vacation glow, mix body cream with bronzer.
Give Hands and Feet Heavy-Duty Hydration
It goes without saying that you should apply rich hand cream throughout the day, use rubber gloves when cleaning, and wear warm gloves outside. If you already have rough, red hands — not to mention parched, cracked feet — it's time for some extra TLC.
Every night before bed, apply a rich moisturizing cream (don't forget cuticles) and put on cotton gloves so moisture soaks more deeply into skin while you sleep. Treat feet, too. Exfoliate regularly, apply a generous dollop of cream every night, and put on cotton socks. You'll thank us in the spring!