Hello winter… hello dehydrated skin! As the months get colder, the air gets drier outside and the air inside is overheated, which further dries out your skin. Here are a few of my tips (beauty and miscellaneous) to help combat the dry, cold, and windy winter air.
- Stay hydrated! Drink tons of water to make sure you’re hydrated from the inside out. Every day, try to intake about 8 to 10 eight-ounce servings of water; also be sure to spread your water intake throughout the day. Your skin will stay nice and supple through the harsh winters.
- Steer clear of harsh soaps. Switch to gentler soaps for your face and body so that your skin isn’t stripped of the natural oils it especially needs during the colder months. My favorite soap for winter is this Aveeno Active Naturals Moisturizing Bar.
- Use a hydrating face mask. I love using natural ingredients for my face masks. A great natural mask for when you have dry skin is yogurt mixed with honey (equal parts). Keep this mixture on your skin for 15 minutes, rinse off, and pat dry.
- Use rose water as a toner. Rose water has many benefits for all skin types. It’s filled with anti-oxidants and many vitamins which helps nourish the skin.
(Laxmi Rose Water)
- A tip I love to use in winter is to apply a serum/face cream right after I apply my rose water toner- the serum soaks into my skin faster and more efficiently when my skin is a bit damp. I do the same with applying lotion after I get out of the shower. I apply a rich lotion on slightly damp skin (not fully wet) to lock in the moisture as your skin is more porous after a shower/bath. My skincare items right now include the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, and the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment.
- Don’t forget your lips! Exfoliate your lips and then apply a hydrating lip balm/oil. I like using Vitamin E oil (De La Cruz) or the Burt’s Bees Lip balms.
- If you have really dry hands and feet, apply a bit of Vitamin E oil and also an excess of lotion. Then, cover your hands and feet with gloves and socks. Go to bed and in the morning your hands and feet will be softer and much more nourished.
- Use a humidifier! This adds moisture to the dry, heated indoor air. I make sure to keep mine on all night long as well to prevent my nose from getting stuffy. I use the HoMedics Personal Ultrasonic Humidifier.
- SPF! Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that you can’t get sun damage. Be sure to wear sunblock (at least SPF 15) to keep your skin protected.
- This is pretty simple and obvious, but something that we usually don’t follow properly when we run out of the house (including myself)…make sure to cover up! Wear gloves, a scarf, and a hat/earmuffs. When it’s really cold out, I also try to wear tights under my jeans/pants to stay warm.
(Gloves: Walmart, Hat: made by yours truly)