You're not as likely to feel dehydrated during the winter months, but skin can get dry and cracked during the cold weather. It’s common for people to forget to hydrate properly at this time of year, and for skin to act up when it’s not given the right seasonal attention. Single digit wind chills and wearing tons of layers (not to mention eating extra sugar - we see you at the holiday parties) can all have an effect on your skin.
Here are five tips to keep your dewy glow through the chillier temperatures:
1) Give Lips Special Attention. The lips are especially sensitive to cold air, and it's common to feel chapped and sensitive in the winter. Grab a cocoa butter lip balm and keep it with you - the scent is an added bonus. You’ll think you just had hot chocolate! Meanwhile, this smart blend of butters and oils will shield the lips from a whipping and uncomfortable wind chill.
2) Choose Rich, Organic, High Quality Oils. We're talking avocado, sea buckthorn, olive, almond, argan and jojoba oils - ideally cold-pressed and certified organic for the highest levels of antioxidants. Choose moisturizers full of plant botanicals. If you’re oil-cleansing (see below), feel free to try oils that feel just a bit heavier in the winter, as well.
3) Remove Makeup by Oil Cleansing. It's going to save your skin year-round, and it's safer than you think - even if you have breakout prone or "combination" skin. Oil cleansing breaks down makeup because "oil dissolves oil," and the right oils will nourish the skin with high quality botanicals. It’s especially good for the sensitive eye area, and it’s a smart system that will, in fact, keep your skin clear and luscious.
4) Wash Your Skin w/ Lukewarm Water. Cold water has a natural astringent quality - meaning it helps to tighten pores. But if your skin is dry and cold, it's already "tight." You deal with enough cold out there in the elements - treat skin gently by washing with lukewarm water and applying a moisturizer right afterward. Before bedtime, try the the gentle and nutritious Lavender Night Cream.
5) Exfoliate everywhere. Tight clothes and extra layers can actually trap sweat and moisture, causing acne on your back or derriere. Yoga pants might look cute, and leggings might help you stay warm, but they don't let your skin breathe. It’s crucial to get a great exfoliant to combat the way skin is covered constantly when the weather is cold. Our hibiscus exfoliating blend is made gentle enough for your facial skin, but you can use it everywhere. Or before moisturizing, try dry skin brushing - it has an exfoliating effect and it improves circulation and lympathic flow.
How does your skincare regimen change in winter? Tell us with a comment!