Why Winter Is the Best Time for Exfoliation According to an Expert
There are plenty of things to avoid during the winter. Exfoliation, however, isn’t one of them. While it’s true your skin care routine should see some changes during cold weather months (for the adjustments you should make, here are 4 ways to transition your skin care for winter), exfoliation isn’t something you’ll need to put on the backburner. In fact, winter is one of the best times for exfoliation. If you aren’t spending your snow days sloughing away dead skin, you’re missing out. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. You can keep reading and find out why winter is the best time to exfoliate according to skin care experts.
2 Reasons Experts Say to Exfoliate in the Winter
Here’s what experts have to say about why winter is the best time for exfoliation:
1. Your skin is drier.
As winter goes on, chances are you’ll notice your skin isn’t quite the same as it was a month or two ago—it’s drier. And it isn’t a coincidence, you have the season to thank for your complexion’s condition. According to dermatologist, Joshua Zeicher, MD, and Skincare.com consultant: “In the winter the skin tends to be more dry than it is during the summer because of cold weather and low humidity.” While it’s true you can exfoliate any time of year, the dry skin that comes courtesy of the winter sometimes needs extra exfoliating attention. By using an exfoliator, you can remove unsightly dry skin patches to reveal softer, smoother-looking skin.
2. You won’t ruin your tan.
If you exfoliate with chemical exfoliators, you have to be careful with when you choose to exfoliate. During the summer, the tan you worked so hard to achieve might be no more after a good exfoliation session. L’Oreal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John says of winter, “This is the time to use your peels, this is the time to use your exfoliators, because you’re not going to want to use them in peak tan season.”
How to Exfoliate in the Winter
Now we can loop you in on the best way to exfoliate your face (and lips) this season. The answer? L’Oréal Paris’ new Pure-Sugar Face Scrubs. Made with a blend of 3 pure sugars, each of the three scrubs exfoliates while being kind to your skin. To get started, you’ll need to pick the scrub that best suits your skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub: Resembling one of your favorite fruits, thanks to the fact that it’s formulated with kiwi seeds and has a bright green hue, this scrub purifies skin and unclogs pores for baby-soft skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub: Dull skin often occurs right alongside dry skin, which makes a face scrub that gives skin a visible healthy glow all the more appealing. Formulated with grapeseed and monoi oils, this scrub gently polishes away dull skin and makes it glow.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub: You can satisfy your sweet tooth, without any of the calories. Just reach for a face scrub that’s formulated with cocoa. This chocolate-y treat leaves skin more nourished and supple.
Once you have your scrub selected, here’s what to do with it.
1. Cleanse your skin.
You shouldn’t be exfoliating through a layer of makeup, you’ll want to begin with a clean canvas. Wash off any makeup or dirt, then pat skin dry gently.
2. Start scrubbing.
Use dry fingers to apply a small amount of the scrub to your clean, dry skin. Then, wet your fingers and use them to massage the scrub over your face. Rinse off using lukewarm water.
3. Give your lips the same treatment.
All of the Pure-Sugar Scrubs can work on your lips too. Repeat the same process to get a more refined pout.
Exfoliating won’t be enough to diminish dryness on its own. You’ll need to moisturize too. Smooth on an easy-to-apply, light lotion, as per Dr. Zeichner’s recommendation, after exfoliating.
Don’t exfoliate once at the end of winter and call it quits. The Pure-Sugar scrubs are meant to be used three times a week.