When the temperatures outside take a nose dive so does the amount of moisture in your skin. And it isn’t just the colder weather that is to blame. Long hot showers, heat in the office or at home, and otherwise normal products all dry out your skin. Without a good winter skin care routine, my skin has taken the brunt of our change in home. So, I decided to dig deep into how to properly winterize my skin so that it stay happy all winter long!
Winterizing Your Skin Care Regime
We all know that a good skincare regime is vital to healthy skin. But I’ve always been a fan of not trying to fix something that isn’t broken. My skin is a total testament to that. I’ve been blessed with low maintenance skin that rarely gives me trouble, so my whole life my regime has been pretty low key. Even when I was a manager at LUSH, I kept to the idea so I did little and I didn’t do it often. We’ve been Chicago residents now for a little over a month, having made our tiny apartment (hello, 270 square feet!) very homey in that time. Everything has been smooth sailing, honestly, except trying to keep my skin from cracking and bleeding in the harsh Chicago wind. So I started to do some research…
When it comes to keeping your skin happy and healthy in the winter there are a few tips that make winterizing your skincare regime even more effective.
1. Exfoliating is necessary.
It may seem counterintuitive to exfoliate dry winter skin, especially if its sensitive, but by getting rid of the dry skin with a gentle exfoliant you’ll help your moisturizer go deeper and offer you more hydration by locking in natural oils and aiding in repair. As your skin dries out the dead skin cells stop falling off, blocking your moisturizer. If you’re worried about something being too abrasive if your skin is sensitive, consider using a gentle cleanser and doing a nice facial massage yourself to say goodbye to that dead, dry skin.
2. Upgrading your moisturizer key.
Moisturizer is a lot like your foundation (unless you’re super pale like me) in the sense that you might need two different ones to get you through the year. Your skins needs change with the seasons and your moisturizer should reflect that when it comes to winter skin care. Generally speaking, you’ll need a more moisturizing (sometimes referred to as heavier, but I don’t like the word) product. To upgrade your moisturizer for the winter, look for products that have natural humectants like honey, aloe, plant extracts, and hyaluronic acid to help keep moisture in.
3. Keep the shower in mind.
There are a few winter skin care tips that relate to the shower that you might have never thought of. As tempting as it is to hop into the hottest shower ever to warm up, try to hold back on the heat. Hot water tends to dry out your skin, so opt for a warm shower and a hot cup of tea to warm up.
The shower is also important when it comes to when you moisturize. In a Refinery29 article, Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, covers the importance of moisturizing after a hot shower, especially in the winter. “In biology class, we were taught that water moves from higher concentration to a lower concentration, and that’s exactly what happens post-shower,” Dr. Engelman says. “When you emerge from the shower, you have a higher concentration of moisture compared to the air — especially in the drier months with heaters. So water evaporates off the skin quickly, leaving the skin dry.”
Moisturizers help to trap some of that water on your skin which is why it’s so important apply right when you get out of the shower. And if you forget to? Well Dr. Engelman points out that dry skin isn’t skin being best self so it will leave you feeling sensitive and unbalanced.
4. Get in on twice a day.
In the winter, your skin needs a little extra TLC so consider applying moisturizer twice a day. A ‘heavier’ night cream will help your skin repair over night while your morning moisturizer will help protect your skin. If you are out in the elements like I am during my commute, moisturizing more than once a day will help keep your skin happy and healthy instead of dry and dull. Listen to your skin and don’t be scared to apply a little more often than you do in the warmer months.
Honestly, it has been a learning experience this winter. Having never lived in a true winter climate (sorry, TN) I’ve had to take extra steps to make sure my skin stays happy and healthy. If you’ve tried any of these tips or have any go-to skincare tips you swear by, I’d love to know your thoughts. Feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email