Skin Care for Winter
If you have to change your skincare routine when you have your period, well, then, it should be no shock that you have to change it with the seasons.
If you live in a region with harsh winters, you and your skin have shuttered around this time of year just thinking about what is to come.
There may be nothing we can do about driving in the snow, gray skies and subzero temps, but we can protect our skin.
Moisture and Moisturize
Your summer moisturizer will not make the cut for harsh winters. If you moisturize regularly throughout the year, it is likely that you do not just need more moisturizer in the winter. You probably need a different product.
Find a thicker cream and apply it just as frequently. If you do not moisturize regularly throughout the year, moisturize more frequently as well.
A nice lather of oil after a shower will help keep your skin moisturized as well.
But the air is dry and that will have an effect on your skin. If you are finding the air in your house to be extra dry, consider a humidifier.
If you do not have sensitive skin, you may have more options in the summer and spring regarding body cleansers, but if you are finding that your body dries out in the winter, switch to something gentler. Use something with less fragrance and color. Consider brands like Dove or Cetaphil.
Hot Showers FEEL so Good
But are not good for your skin. A hot shower will definitely take the chill out of your bones, but it will also take the moisture out of your skin by damaging the top layer of your skin that is meant to keep the moisture in. Because hot water evaporates faster, if you cannot forgo the hot shower, then you must moisturize immediately after that shower.
Or try a cup of hot tea to take that chill out of your bones.
Exfoliate Less, but Still Exfoliate
This will be different for everybody. Ideally, in the winter you will exfoliate less than in the warmer months, but how much less depends on your skin. Listen to it.
Protect your Hands
If this were a normal winter, I would say, “you’re probably about to start washing your hands more as flu season approaches” but we have been living in a pandemic so you have most likely been washing your hands a ton and moisturizing them more because of it. However, as winter approaches try to be more cognizant of running outside in the cold with slightly wet hands. This will definitely cause chapping.
Also, wear gloves to protect your hands from the harsh temperatures. (Oooh! We are also all wearing masks; hopefully, that will protect our lips--less chap lips might be a positive side effect of wearing a mask everywhere!).
Are you ready for the next one…
Eat More Fats
Many of us are already doing this in these cold months, so score! Of course, make sure they are healthy fats: walnuts, olive oil, and avocados. Also, add more fatty fish to your diet--mackerel and salmon are great. These fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that can help keep your skin supple and moisturized.
Broccoli is not fatty, but it is high in Lutein helps protect your skin from oxidative damage, which can dry out your skin.
Lips-- so little skin, so much pain
So many people just accept that chapped lips are part of the winter months. So much so, that a popular holiday gift is lip balm. Be intentional when you buy lip balm. Many of them provide immediate relief but do little to stave off or solve the problem.
Skincare doesn’t have to be expensive and extensive, just intentional. Our skin covers our entire body. It has three purposes: protection, regulation and sensation. None I’d be willing to do without. Listen to your skin. Love your skin.