Winter is here! Maybe not officially yet (that’s the Winter Solstice on December 21st), but temperatures are falling and so’s the snow. With the arrival of winter comes a host of different skin needs, and for most people, this means a change in skincare routine. However, it can be a challenge to figure out what you should do to keep your skin in the best possible condition with the changing seasons and harsh conditions. Here, we’ll discuss some things you should bear in mind when it comes to winter skincare.
Moisture, moisture, moisture
When the weather gets cold, humidity drops both indoors and outdoors. The water content in your skin will reflect this, which is why most of us - even those who don’t usually have dry skin - tend to get a bit patchy and itchy during the winter season. Other factors that can hasten dry skin issues: wearing heavy clothing layers to keep warm and using indoor heat, both winter mandatories. So what’s a girl to do? If you don’t already own a humidifier, go and get one. It is a GAME CHANGER! Sleeping with a humidifier will make your life so much better, helping keep your skin supple and hydrated while you sleep.
Tis the Season For...Exfoliation
We all know the benefits of exfoliation; sloughing away dry skin, helping unclog pores, preventing acne, and allowing skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Winter is an excellent time for exfoliation, especially deeper treatments that require limiting your exposure direct sunlight afterward. Avoiding sun exposure can be difficult in some climates, especially those with long, hot summers and sunny, temperate spring and fall. However, winter tends to bring cloudy days and fewer reasons to spend time outside, making it a perfect time for skincare treatments that may result in extra sensitivity to sunlight.
Please Note: sunscreen still required. Yes, even in winter. Yes, even when you’re barely outside. Exfoliation exposes newer and more sensitive skin you need to keep it safe.
Go Easy On Your Skin
Be kind to yourself this winter and ditch harsh cleansers that are rough on your skin and strip it dry. Opt for products with gentle ingredients like aloe, chamomile, allantoin, which sooth and nurture, helping your skin feel silky smooth. After moisturizing, seal that goodness in with a deeply moisturizing, noncomedogenic facial oil (we’ve got 3) that delivers an extra dose of rich moisture in the dry winter months!