While the chilled air and the snow falling down might bring you the joys of a “Winter Wonderland”, the cold weather can take a toll on your skin. The winter weather means that there is less humidity in the air, which inevitably sucks moisture from your skin. This often leads to dryness and flakiness. Likewise, when you are indoors, the heated air leads to water evaporating from our skin causing cracking and irritation. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the detrimental skin effects of the winter weather. Here is a winter-proof skincare routine that will give you radiant skin.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
As mentioned above, dry air equals dry skin. That is why it is imperative to use a moisturizer that will rejuvenate and protect your skin. We recommend moisturizers that have a cream base as opposed to a simple lotion such as the drugstore brand Cetaphil or Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream.
This one might come off as a surprise to some. While exfoliation is great for taking off dead skin cells and unclogging pores, during the winter months over-exfoliation can be counterproductive. Exfoliating too much can cause irritation during the cold season. In this instance, we suggest cutting down the exfoliation days from two times to once a week.
Ditch the HOT water
It can be so tempting to take a nice hot shower or bath when the weather outside is freezing. However, don’t give in. Hot water can deplete the skin of moisture, lead to itchiness, and in some extreme cases rashes. Lukewarm water however opens your pores to just the perfect amount, and leads to total hydration to keep your skin soft and shiny.
Eating healthfully is so critical for maintaining a glowing complexion throughout the winter. A diet rich in dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach can aid in getting beautiful skin. Moreover, broccoli is particularly packed with skin-boosting ingredients such as vitamin C, and A.
Overall, the winter can take a toll on your skin. However, if you follow these tips and keep a consistent routine, your skin will stay healthy throughout this season. How are you taking care of your skin this winter? Let us know in the comments below.
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