It’s hard to believe that the official start of the winter season is in 16 days, but it’s true. Most of us are already having to turn the heat on and have been for weeks now, so I guess it’s not too hard to believe. This is the time of year that I am more proactive with my skincare regimen to make sure that I keep it as healthy and moisturized as possible.
Between the cold dry air outside and the forced heated dry air inside, it’s more important this time of year to pull out all the tips and tricks to having healthy skin during this particular season. Here are the 10 tips that I use every winter to keep my skin in great shape.
+Eat Skin Healthy Foods – It’s true that beauty starts from the inside out, so I try to be mindful of what I eat in winter so as to make sure that I am eating good foods for maximum energy and health. However, I am also mindful to eat a good portion of these healthy foods everyday as they keep the skin supple and moisturized. Foods such as salmon, avocados, walnuts, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes and dark chocolates are a large part of what I eat and are the healthiest for the skin in keeping it radiant throughout the season (and year).
+Drink Lots of Water – I am sure you’ve heard this one plenty of times as it seems to be the health tip dujour, but it is even more important for this particular season because of all that dry air. I know that we sometimes really want something hot to drink rather than cold, so have a cup of hot water with lemon to keep warm on those colder days. You still get the hydration and that warm cozy feeling at the same time. As I stated above, beauty (and moisturizer) starts from the inside out.
+Use A Clarisonic or Foreo Exfoliator 2 – 3 Times A Week – How frequently you want to use an exfoliator is up to you and your skin type, but I highly recommend getting one to use on your face at least once a week. These products not only do a good job of gently sloughing off dead skin cells, but they also help unclog pores, reduce signs of aging, improves the absorption of skincare products, and generally promote clearer, brighter and healthier looking skin.
+Do A Face Mask – Whether you have time to do this once or twice week, it is beneficial to use a good face mask at least once week. While a hydrating mask is optimal, I have found that any mask will really do a good job at hydrating and removing dead skin from the face. It’s also a way to relax and enjoy the cool sensation of the mask on your face.
+Have A Hydrating Facial Spray – I actually have a couple as I use one from Caudalie and a more budget friendly option of rose water toner from Trader Joe’s. Both of these facial sprays are light and refreshing. I use them in the morning after my shower since it will still be several minutes before I put any moisturizer on. I also use them at night after I wash my face to give a little toning before I apply other products.
+Have A Good Lip Moisturizer – While this seems like a no-brainer tip, let me explain. We all moisturize our lips throughout the day or before going out in the cold weather (which is great), but I am talking about having a good thick moisturizer to apply to your lips right before bed. I used to always wake up with the driest lips that would be chapped first thing in the morning from the dry heat (and ceiling fan) going all night. However, I started applying Vaseline lip therapy balm to my lips right before bed and haven’t had an issue with it since. Get a lip balm that is thick (so it will stay on all night) and non-medicated and you will wake up with perfectly moisturized lips.
+Use A Humidifier At Night – It can get very dry at night with the heat going on and off, and since it is colder at night than in the day (obviously), the heat is going to be on more than off. Also, if you are like me then you probably also sleep with the ceiling fan on too for a nice light breeze and white noise. This is a great recipe for dry skin to be sure. So I eventually went to Target and purchased a humidifier for our bedroom that I turn on full every night before we go to bed. I keep it close to our bed so that the air around us has some moisture in it. This has definitely helped to keep our skin from getting too dried out while we sleep since there is a constant flow of water particles being released into the air all night long.
+Use Some Argan Oil With Your Moisturizer At Night – I use Josie Maran’s Creamy Argan Oil to mix with my usual nighttime moisturizer every night in the winter. This oil is very thick and therefore protects my skin overnight while I sleep (also, a little bit goes a long way for this product). In the summer, spring and fall I basically just use my regular moisturizing lotion, but as soon as the heat starts going I break out the organ oil to keep my skin very moisturized overnight and therefore it’s not all dry, rough and peeling in the morning.
+Skip Washing Your Face In The Morning – I know! This was a hard one for me to break. I thought for sure that if I didn’t wash my face in the morning that I would be oily all day and get breakouts, but actually the opposite has actually happened. Since my face is still pretty moisturized from using the argan oil the night before, I just splash my face with some warm water and pat it dry with a clean towel. Before I started not washing my face in the morning I would often either have dry flaky skin, or really oily skin in the afternoon from stripping my skin of its own natural oils. This often led to breakouts or large blemishes, but since I stopped using a cleanser on my skin in the morning I don’t really have those issues anymore, or very rarely anyways.
+Have A Good Body Scrub, Lotion and Cream For The Neck/Chest – I know that we often focus on our face since this is the first thing people see and notice about us, but let’s not forget the rest of our body too! Make sure you have a good body scrub and lotion and some kind of cream and/or oil for the neck and chest area. The neck and chest areas are very important as these two areas actually age the quickest and therefore deserve good attention. I keep a good Jergen’s oil infused body lotion to moisturize my arms, stomach, legs and feet as well as a coffee body scrub for a good weekly exfoliation of these areas too. I also use a basic moisturizer and body oil on my neck and chest area everyday.
Winter can be pretty tough on the skin, but with a little proactive steps you can keep it looking and feeling healthy all season long. Do you have any good tips for winter skincare? Let me know below!