The ultimate guide for healthy skin during winters
Our summer facade of sun-kissed skin has long since faded, but that doesn’t mean we have to put up with skin that looks lifeless and dull all winter. This season, maintaining a natural, healthy glow is just as important as fighting dryness and staying hydrated. We can all agree that cooler weather is terrible for our skin. Temperature changes, heating, hot showers, cold air, and wind all dehydrate and devitalize our skin, leaving it frequently rough, dry, and occasionally flaky. This requires us to give our skin more TLC.
Your skin does not enjoy the chilly weather. This is obvious from one glance at dull, flaky skin, but what if we told you that winter doesn’t have to be your skin’s enemy? Would you take advantage of everything the season has to offer and perhaps spend more time outside to enjoy all the enjoyable winter activities? Would you rather curl up in front of the fire and stop worrying that the dry air will make your skin look less than perfect?
Yes, you’re right. Your skin will be much happier if you stop fighting the season and instead embrace it, skincare issues and all, as you’ll see dewy, glowing skin in the mirror.
Here are the best tricks and professional advice so you won’t have to fear the icy season anymore.
1. Choose the proper oils
What are you waiting for if you aren’t already using a nourishing facial and/or body oil to protect your skin? If your skin is dry and dehydrated, oils are more potent and better for general hydration. In addition to providing your skin with deep moisture, a high-quality facial oil like argan oil will also nourish it with nutrients that fight free radicals, lessen inflammation, repair dry, damaged skin, and strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier, which in turn will stop moisture loss through the pores.
Who knew a facial oil was capable of all that? For better absorption, always pat rather than rub the oil into your skin after applying it to slightly damp skin.
2. Exfoliation is essential
Make sure to get rid of those dry, dead skin cells because nobody benefits from a buildup. Regular exfoliation with a gentle scrub (think twice weekly) will make a world of difference. An exfoliator promises to leave your skin flawlessly clean, soft, and radiant in a matter of minutes in addition to removing any unwanted dead skin cells.
The skin loses water more quickly in the cool, dry air, which can cause it to look dry, dull, and rough. Skin that is dehydrated can exhibit symptoms of dryness such as flaking, scaling, and cracking. Additionally, the buildup of dead skin cells can make it difficult for moisturizers and other facial products to be absorbed. Use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to renew the skin’s surface to combat this.
Avoid astringents, abrasive scrubs, and harsh peels when selecting an exfoliator because they can strip the skin of its natural oils and potentially irritate it. Try a mild scrub made with oatmeal, almond flour, or honey as an alternative.
3. Avoid removing any skin.
During the chilly winter months, many people make the mistake of over-cleansing their skin or rinsing it with hot water. Two of the main reasons for dry, dehydrated skin are these. No matter how much oil you apply later, these bad skin habits actually weaken the lipid barrier, and it might take some time for your skin to recover. Skin that is dry, inflamed, and even prone to breakouts due to an overproduction of sebum by the skin to compensate for the loss of oil can be the result of a damaged lipid barrier.
Always use a gentle oil-based cleanser and lukewarm water to rinse, preferably only at night in the winter. Before applying your oils and lotions in the morning, spritz a hydrating toner onto a cotton pad and give your face a wipe. Use an all-natural body wash or soap for your body that doesn’t contain harsh foaming agents and detergents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, which can dry out your skin and irritate it.
4. Increase the air’s humidity level.
The lack of humidity in the air is what makes winter such a harsh season for our skin. To help your skin retain moisture, a humidifier can help add humidity and moisture to the air in your home. We also adore humidifiers because you can add essential oils for the mood-altering effects of aromatherapy. Citrus oil will lift your spirits, peppermint oil will energize you, and lavender oil will calm and soothe you.
5. Throughout the year, SPF is your best friend.
Why store the SPF when the sun goes down and overcast days become the norm? Did you know that your skin is susceptible to UV damage even on cloudy days? Establish the routine of liberally applying SPF to all exposed skin after using oil or moisturizer and before going outside. Instead of using chemical sunscreens, choose a natural mineral-based SPF formula that is safer for your health and better for your skin.
6. Control your stress well
When it comes to healthy skin, stress is your enemy. It can alter the natural balance of our skin, break down collagen, and even accelerate the aging process of our skin. It can be a little stressful right now. After the holiday rush, we are immediately thrust back into work, which can undoubtedly increase stress and have an impact on our skin.
7. Step up the moisture
Replace your moisturizer with one that is more nourishing, and add a serum to your skincare regimen. Winter makes skin more parched, so it will benefit from a hydrating dose. For a dewy, radiant complexion, apply a few drops of your serum under your moisturizer.
8. Love your eyes
The eyes are one area that is particularly prone to the effects of winter. This delicate area, which is frequently ignored, is typically the first to exhibit signs of aging and neglect. Use a highly hydrating eye cream that is rich in elastin and collagen to firm the skin around the eyes. Dehydration queues won’t exist anymore.
9. Body love
Apply as much rich cream to your body as you would your face, paying close attention to particularly dry areas like your elbows, knees, and heels. After taking a warm bath or shower, applying your body lotion or cream in the bathroom is a great way to ensure that your body easily absorbs the moisture because the warmth of the air will help open your pores and lock in the moisture. This season, keeping your skin looking it’s radiant best means finding ways to manage stress effectively. Aim to work out at least three times per week; vigorous exercise lowers cortisol levels and releases endorphins.
You could also try starting a daily yoga or meditation practice, going for a walk in the park, singing, painting, or doing crafts—basically anything that will keep your mind active and creative, but most importantly, something you genuinely enjoy doing! You have it now! These suggestions will not only help you improve the appearance of your skin, but also your overall well-being.
10. Protect skin
Just because it isn’t hot doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use your sunscreen. A super hydrating sunscreen in the winter months will benefit your ailing dry skin.
The best ingredients to incorporate into our winter skincare routine.
It’s not necessary to change your skincare routine significantly for the winter. Take a quick look at your skin care products and make sure they’re packed with pure, botanical ingredients that properly hydrate and moisturize the skin as one simple way to achieve this.
Consider incorporating the following ingredients into your winter skincare regimen:
Hyaluronic acid: By attracting water to the skin and securing it there, hyaluronic acid aids in keeping your skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is present in H2 Oh Yeah to provide long-lasting, deep hydration, which is absolutely essential in the winter.
Glycerin essentially takes the moisture you already have in your skin and brings it to the surface to help keep skin hydrated.
Rose Hydrosol is the colloidal suspension of rose oil in water, rose hydrosol is a pleasantly aromatic way to hydrate your skin, which is why we’ve included it in our Rose and Shine toner.
Aloe vera is a soothing, hydrating ingredient that feels so good on dry, cracked winter skin. You will find it in many of our products, including Just Dew It hydrating serum.
Lactic acid is an extraordinarily gentle exfoliant, making it a perfect exfoliant for the winter.
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer with antioxidant properties that helps protect skin from environmental stressors. Our One Lip Wonder lip treatment employs coconut oil to protect your lips against dryness.
Green tea leaf extract is full of antioxidants and vitamin E and is known for its hydrating properties. It can be found in our Eyes Eyes Baby eye cream.
Chamomile is soothing to the skin and full of antioxidants to help fight environmental stressors.
Jojoba oil is excellent for moisturizing all skin types. That is why we have included it in all of our face creams, including the H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer.
Different Skin Types’ Winter Skin Care Routines
Your skin will change as a result of any weather changes. Most people discover their skin becomes drier in the winter (even those with oily skin). Regardless of your skin type, we have a few tips to keep it healthy and beautiful during the winter.
Skin Care for Dry Skin in Winter
Keep your skin as moisturized and hydrated as you can to prevent the itchy, extra dry, flaky skin that is typical during the winter months for those with genetically dry skin. The best moisturizer will help lock in moisture and hydration to your skin as well as add moisture and hydration. Keep it with you when you’re out and about and don’t worry about using too much—as long as you’re applying it to clean skin and your skin will absorb it, a few extra applications are fine.
Oily Skin Winter Skin Care
We advise adding a hydrating serum to your daily routine, morning and evening, as even those with oily skin may experience some dryness in the winter (in fact, you may feel as though your skin is closer to combination skin for a few months out of the year). Make sure you’re also using a face cream that will keep your skin balanced and hydrated and is designed for all skin types.
Winter Skin Care for Combination Skin
During the winter, your skin probably becomes drier than usual, so make sure you’re hydrating it as much as you can with moisturizer and eye cream. If you have combination skin like the majority of people, you might notice that your skin is a little less oily when it’s dry out. During the winter, keeping your skin balanced involves using a richer moisturizer or adding a hydrating serum.
Skincare for the Winter in Your 20s and 30s
Despite being young, you are still susceptible to dry, uncomfortable skin in the winter because of the dry winter air. Include an eye cream to ensure that the skin around your eyes is not forgotten, as well as a hydrating moisturizer that replenishes both moisture and hydration to your skin.
Winter Skin Care for Aging Skin
Our skin becomes more prone to dryness as we get older. Keep your skin as hydrated and moisturized as you can throughout the winter to keep it looking young. This entails devoting time to your skin through a rigorous skincare regimen. Your winter BFFs will be a hydrating toner, serum, eye cream, and moisturizer.
Applying an additional layer of moisturizer at night and letting it absorb while you sleep is also not a bad idea (just make sure you use an old pillow case because it will get on anything it touches). Additionally, feel free to reapply more frequently as necessary while you’re not wearing makeup.
Skincare for Sensitive Skin in the Winter
Contrary to popular belief, sensitive skin behaves very similarly in the summer and the winter; in fact, extreme weather typically makes it even more sensitive. Rude. Avoid doing anything to aggravate sensitive skin conditions, such as physically exfoliating the skin (which actually causes chafing), or using products that contain harsh chemicals.
Skin Care for Dull Skin in Winter
Make sure to exfoliate with a mild chemical exfoliant to restore the skin’s radiance (such as glycolic acid or lactic acid.) Once a week during the winter is sufficient if you have dry skin. Always use a rich moisturizer after.
Utilizing a vitamin C serum will also help the skin become more radiant and brighter. These tips on how to modify your winter skincare routine will help you keep your skin looking and feeling fresh, whether you’re hitting the slopes or making snow angels.