Now that we are officially in the cold-weather months, we’ve all noticed some changes in our skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels are the perfect combination for dry air, which equals dry skin. The indoor heaters we crank up to warm our toes, in turn robs our skin of its natural moisture. Bottom line, winter weather is not kind to our skin. Don’t let the harsh winter weather effects of rough, dry, chapped skin leave you frigid. We have five steps to help you save your skin during winter and keep you looking your best!
Step 1: Hydrate
Sure, most of us know the benefits of drinking water. However, with the dry conditions that the cold weather brings, our skin needs as much hydration as it can get. Between the harsh winter weather and indoor heaters, skin is being drained of its natural moisture all day long. Dehydration induces flakey skin and it makes you more prone to wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water will help replace most of the lost moisture and promote clear radiant skin.
Step 2: Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser
When the seasons change, your skin regime should change too. During the winter months, Hyaluronic Acid will become your new best friend! Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the skin to give you a brighter and younger-looking complexion. Not only does it moisturize, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Avoid the foaming cleansers and instead find a cleanser that will gently remove dirt and lock in hydration.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Though we love our little gadgets, during the winter we should give them a little break. When your skin is already dry, it is more prone to irritation and cracking. Reduce the use of a facial brush and instead use a creamy hydrating facial scrub that contains Hyaluronic Acid, to gently remove dirt and dead skin. There is such thing as over-scrubbing so you should only exfoliate once a week or once every two weeks.
Step 4: Moisturize
With the lack of moisture in the air and in your skin it only makes sense that picking the perfect moisturizer is important. With the chilly weather that can at times be accompanied with harsh wind, our skin is put through a lot of stress and damage. A good way to protect your face is by coating it with a nutrient rich moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic Acid. It will replenish dry dehydrated skin with long lasting moisture throughout the day.
Step 5: Serums & Masks
Clothes shouldn’t be the only thing you layer during the winter. Layering your skin care products is a great way to combat dry skin. Serums and face masks are the perfect skin care items for your winter regimen. To avoid feeling as if your face has 5lbs of product on, using a serum is an effective resource of hydration. Serums are thin, lightweight and help to lock in moistures. A good clay masks is a hydration superstar that rejuvenate your skin with rich nutrients to reveal softer and suppler skin.
It may also be a good idea to invest in a humidifier to help with over all skin health and hydration. Humidifiers can help replace the lost moisture in the air and reduce dry skin and irritation. Preserve your natural beautiful glow all year round!