Cold Weather Skincare
October 6, 2011
Filed under Beauty
Goodbye warm and long summer days and hello chilly, short winter days! While packing up your swimsuit and pulling out your heavy coats, why not take a peek at your skincare products? Cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it dry, red and flaky. The products that kept you glowing through the summer months are not going work as well for you in the winter. When the temperature drops, it’s all about moisture, moisture, moisture! Here are some tips you should keep in mind when revamping your skincare routine for winter.
That heavy-duty cleanser you have been using to wash the summer sweat and grime off of your face is going to strip your face of much needed moisture when the weather gets colder. Switch to a hydrating milk cleanser or a gentle foaming cleaner. After cleansing, don’t reach for an alcohol based toner or astringent; instead, choose a hydrating, alcohol free toner that will be kinder to your skin. Or look to nature to soothe your skin by using witch hazel or rose water. These toners run between $7.00 and $12.00 and can be purchased at local health stores or your neighborhood drugstore.
Make sure to exfoliate at least once a week. This will remove dead skin cells and prep your skin for further treatments. Removing dead skin cells will help your serums and moisturizers penetrate your skin easier, yielding luminous results.
Let’s talk about your moisturizer. Moisturizer is the number one weapon in your skincare arsenal. It protects your skin from dry, cold weather. Ditch that lightweight summer lotion and pick up a rich, oil-based cream. The oil will create a barrier on your skin helping it retain its moisture. Be choosy when picking an oil-based cream. Read the ingredients and look for oils like avocado, mineral, primrose and almond that will not clog your pores. Also look for ingredients that will bring moisture to your face such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbital and alpha hydroxy acid. Finally, even though it is overcast and twenty degrees outside, sunscreen is still a must! Choose a face cream that contains at least an SPF 15.
Before you retire to bed, break out a night cream to help regenerate your skin while you are sleeping. Night creams are formulated differently than day creams; they omit ingredients like SPF that you don’t need while sleeping. Night creams are important because they are created specifically for your resting skin when the powerful, beneficial ingredients can penetrate your skin easiest. They work hard for you while you catch up on your beauty sleep
Put away those clay-based masks made to purge pores. They could strip your delicate, dry winter skin. Instead, slather on a deep, hydrating mask for glowing results.
Invest in a humidifier to keep on in your bedroom while you are sleeping. Having the heat blasting in the house zaps all of the moisture out of the air. Using a humidifier will put that moisture back into the air, which will keep your skin moist.
Do not leave the house without lip balm. Protect your pout and reapply frequently to prevent painful, chapped lips. Choose lip balms that contain Vitamin E and SPF. Your lips will be super soft, hydrated and primed for lipstick at all times.
Follow these simple skincare tips and you will be ready for winter. Now put your best face forward and show the world your beautiful rosy glow!