As winter months approach, your delicate skin can get pretty roughed up. Colder temperatures mean less efficient blood circulation, which can leave your face feeling dry and looking dull. Here are some tips for small changes you can make in your every day routine that will leave your skin supple and looking fresh.
Hydrate. Hydration is important year round, but especially so during the wintertime, when the constant temperature changes from the outside chill to the warmth of indoors can dehydrate your skin. Drink lots of water and green tea to stay hydrated from the inside out.
Give some lip service. Don’t forget about your lips—winter weather can quickly make lips feel dry and chapped. Re-apply your favorite gloss or moisturizing lipstick regularly to provide a protective barrier.
Scrub. Exfoliation is great for winter skin—it removes dead, dull skin cells and allows your skin to absorb extra moisture.
Moisturize. According to the web site, moisturizing is an important piece of your skin care routine all year, but in the wintertime, switch to a moisturizer with a rich oil (like avocado or olive oils), for an extra moisture boost. I also like to put on a body oil right before I get out of the shower (after I turn off the water) to lock in the moisture on my skin–especially on places that tend to be dry all the time, like my elbows.
Consider temperature. Hot showers feel great when it’s cold, but they also do a great job at drying out your skin. Try knocking the temperature of your showers or baths down a few notches, and don’t soak or shower for too long. (This is the hardest one for me–I love my hot showers.)
Get handsy. It’s harder to keep hands moisturized; your skin is thinner on your hands than on other parts of your body. Keep hands from getting dried and itchy with regular applications of your favorite lotion.
Do you have any winter skincare tips to share? —Aleigh