Many magical things come along with the colder months: hot chocolate, holidays, snow and dry, cracked skin. When it comes to skin, winter can often be the enemy, as arid,
Many magical things come along with the colder months: hot chocolate, holidays, snow and dry, cracked skin. When it comes to skin, winter can often be the enemy, as arid, cold temperatures are combatted with hot, dry air, leaving your skin feeling dry and hopeless. But never fear, in the world of beauty there is always hope! Here are some top tips for winter skincare:
Thicken up your moisturizer.
In the colder months, replace your thinner body lotions with petroleum based creams and balms. Creams can penetrate the skin and create a barrier which seals in moisture. Use these heavier creams on hands, feet and legs, areas that tend to be the most dry. Avoid using creams on your face because the oil can clog pores and cause breakouts or rashes.
Retinol is one of the most effective products for re-texturizing the skin and preventing wrinkles. Retinoids come from Vitamin A and train our skin cells to become healthy again. Adding retinol-based products into your skincare regime is especially important in the colder months when the dry, cold air strips the skin of its moisture. Retinol contains exfoliating properties which can also help even out your skin tone and reduce pore size.
Saliva is not equal to lip balm.
The cold air can cause the skin on the lips to become painfully dry and flaky, which in turn, tempts us to lick our lips. This gives the lips moisture for a few minutes, but it actually leaves the skin drier than it was originally. Saliva attracts moisture within the skin to the lips’ surface and it then evaporates. There are also digestive enzymes in your saliva which can further cause the skin to crack. Use a conditioning lip balm throughout the day and try to avoid anything menthol-based. You can also exfoliate the dead skin away with sugar and coconut oil.
Turn down the heat.
Though it’s enticing to take hot showers during the cold months, super hot water will actually dry out your skin even more. Hot water strips the skin of natural oils and can leave it feeling tight, dry and itchy. Using lukewarm water is much easier on the skin, even though it might be a little colder.
Shave your legs less often.
Winter is the perfect opportunity to take a break from shaving your legs. Running a razor against your skin dries it out quickly, even when used with shaving creams. Hairy legs are much better than dry and itchy legs, so take advantage of wearing long pants every day and give those legs a much-deserved break.