Hi everyone, hope you all had a lovely weekend! Temperatures have dropped drastically here in the DC area, and it’s definitely starting to feel like winter now! Continuing on from last week’s How to Winterize Your Nails, this is part 2 of the series and we’ll be focusing on our skin.
If anything our skin is definitely the most affected by the winter weather. For me my skin becomes significantly drier, sometimes to the point where they can peel or flake. Here are my tips on how to switch up your skincare routine for this season:
Give your skin some TLC with masks
Sheet masks are one of my HG skin care products as you can notice the effects immediately. My favorites have been the My Beauty Diary masks, but lately I’ve been trying other brands like the Asheida Skin Renewal Mask. I love how rich the Asheida mask is – perfect for the winter time – and it makes my skin feel moisturized and rejuvenated after use. On top of that it also helped minimize my pores and brighten my skin, woohoo! If you think it’s too cold to use sheet masks, cream masks are a great alternative.
Lock in moisture with face/ body oil
I’m a fan of cleansing oils all year round but in the winter time facial oil becomes a must-have in my skincare routine. Not only does it help restore moisture and suppleness to my skin, it also forms a barrier that locks in the moisture and protects my skin from the elements. Currently I’m using the Monat Rejuvenique Oil Intensive on both my face and body, and it’s the only thing that relieves the eczema on my arm.
Don’t forget to exfoliate, but do it gently
Exfoliation is just as important in the winter time, but avoid the rough kind since your skin is already sensitive from the harsh elements. One of my favorite scrubs to use in the winter is the Honey & Oats 3-in-1 Scrub Mask (which I need to restock) from The Body Shop. Oats are excellent at soothing dry, itchy skin – a common problem in the winter time – and honey is a natural moisturizer and antioxidant.
Give some products a second chance
That body butter or night cream that was too rich for you in the summer time may now be perfect for the winter. To combat the dryness I’ve swapped out my regular body lotion for my Shea Body Butter from The Body Shop. I’ve also started using the Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 and DHC Q10 Night Cream as part of my skincare routine. Yep, the 2 products I felt were too rich back then are perfect for my skin now!
Mind the shower
It’s tempting to turn up the water temperature when showering in the winter time, but please don’t – it’s bad for your skin. Rather than turn up the water heat, I keep a small heater in my bathroom so that it’s warm and toast when I shower – no need to scorch my skin with hot water anymore! Also, consider investing in a shower filter if your area has hard water. It’s bad enough the winter air is drying your skin, no need to add chlorine to the damage. I definitely noticed an improvement in my skin and hair when I installed the T3 Source Showerhead Filter!
When it comes down to it, the key to winterizing your skin is moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize! Not to say that moisturizing isn’t important the rest of the year, but it’s definitely the #1 priority for the colder months! If you have any favorite winter-time products or winterizing tips, do share them in the comments!