The Dos and Don'ts of Winter Beauty
Does winter have a hold on your skin already? No need to panic—we’re here to help. Ahead, we share how to achieve soft, smooth, nourished-looking skin all winter long with our guide to the dos and don’ts of winter beauty.
DO: EXFOLIATE YOUR SEASONAL DRY SKIN
Dry skin and winter go together like peanut butter and jelly—its just that this pairing isn’t as beloved. This winter, help keep dry skin at bay with an easy, gentle, homemade exfoliator made of one-part sugar and one-part coconut oil. The sugar can work to slough off dry, dead skin cell buildup on skin’s surface while the coconut oil can help give skin much needed hydration.
DON’T: OVERDO IT
If you exfoliate too much—especially if you have sensitive skin—or use an exfoliant that is too abrasive for your skin type you may experience discomfort. Stick with a once a week exfoliation with a gentle sugar scrub and if your skin doesn’t react, consider upping it to two times.
DO: WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY
Tied with cleansing and moisturizing, applying SPF to your exposed skin is one of the most important steps in any skin care regimen. So, while you might be extra bundled, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your complexion, neck, hands, and anywhere else that may see the light of day. And don’t forget to reapply!
DON’T: SKIP SPF ON CLOUDY DAYS
The sun is like magic— just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there… and trust us, it is there. Always. If you think it’s okay to skip out on your sun protection because of a little cloudy weather (or, even a blizzard) think again!
DO: CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
This one should be a no-brainer. Cleansing the skin on your complexion and on your body can help rinse away pore clogging dirt and debris. If you experience dry skin in the winter, switch to a creamy cleanser—like this one from The Body Shop—and don’t forget to moisturize after.
DON’T: USE WATER THAT IS TOO HOT
As the temperature outside drops, you may long for a hot, relaxing bubble bath to warm your bones and relax your mind. Not so fast— according to the American Academy of Dermatology, water that is too hot can increase the loss of natural oils from our skin… the same oils that work to keep our skin hydrated.
DO: TAKE CARE OF YOUR CUTICLES
Dry cuticles can be inevitable when there is a lack of moisture in the air. This winter, pay close attention to the care of your cuticles with nail care products that are specifically formulated to replenish your delicate cuticles— we love Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil.
DON’T: GO CRAZY WITH THE CUTICLE CUTTERS
Actually, don’t even go near the cuticle cutters. Your nails need the cuticle to protect the root from bacteria and infection. Instead, opt for an orangewood stick to gently push them back—don’t forget to moisturize beforehand. For more on how to care for your cuticles, click here.
DO: KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED
Moisturizing your skin in the winter is just as important as it is in the summer— and year round, for that matter. In order to look and feel its best your skin needs hydration… and plenty of it! This winter, keep your seasonal dry skin at bay with nourishing moisturizers and skin care oils. And don’t forget to reapply!
DON’T: FORGET TO APPLY MOISTURIZER IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU CLEANSE
One of the biggest skin care mistakes you can make is not applying moisturizers and lotions to your skin immediately after cleansing or showering. Moisturizers help lock in hydration your skin received during its cleanse… without them, your skin may start to look and feel dehydrated.
DO: TREAT YOUR COMPLEXION TO A HYDRATING FACE MASK
In the winter, your skin needs all the hydration it can get. Invest in a skin hydrating face mask like this one from SkinCeuticals that is formulated with active botanicals of cucumber, thyme, and olive, as well as one of our beauty editors’ favorite skin hydrating ingredients: hyaluronic acid.
DON’T: FORGET TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
If the face mask’s packaging says to leave it on for 10-15 minutes, leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Instructions are written for a reason, and not following them could be counterproductive. For more on why you should follow the instructions on your skin care product packaging, check out our interview with board certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, here.