4 Ways to Transition Your Skin Care for Winter
Today marks the official first day of winter. By now, your closet is probably prepped for the inevitable drop in temps to come (color-coded sweaters, anyone?) but can you say the same for your skin care arsenal? If the answer is no, we’re here to help. Below, five ways to transition your skin care routine from the moderate fall to the bitterly-cold winter.
1. DOUBLE UP ON MOISTURE
It’s no secret that one of the biggest complaints of the colder months is dryness. As the weather transitions (or rather, plummets near freezing), you are likely to experience drier, flakier skin than usual. Of course, you may already be experiencing some of this dryness in the fall, but expect it to worsen as we move deeper into the heart of winter. Thus, any well-rounded skin care arsenal this time of year calls for heavy-duty creams and moisturizers to help quench skin’s thirst. Reach for moisturizers that have been formulated with hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, essential oils, and/or glycerin for best results. (Not sure where to look? We share a few of our favorite moisturizers formulated with these ingredients, here!)
In addition to hydrating your skin with moisturizer twice daily, up the hydration ante by using a nourishing face mask 2-3 times per week. Not only can Lancôme Hydra-Intense Masque help intensely hydrate the skin, it can also work to minimize the look of fine lines and other visible effects of dehydrated skin. Lastly, be sure to hydrate your body from the inside out by drinking the recommended amount of water per day. If you’re not the biggest fan of plain old H2O, give one of our 3 spa-inspired fruit waters a try!
2. BEWARE OF ARTIFICIAL HEATING
When temperatures drop low, artificial heating soars high. While it may feel nice to cuddle up near the heater in the winter, the ritual can be trying on our skin. Scaly legs and arms, cracked hands, chapped lips, and rough skin texture can all occur as a result of prolonged exposure to forced hot air heating. Since it’s not always easy to avoid heaters, such as in the office or a car, there are other practices you should adopt in order to protect your skin.
Step one: Moisturize…everywhere! You know those hydrating formulas we spoke about earlier? Apply them LIBERALLY from head-to-toe.
Step two: Nourish your pout. The delicate lips on your pucker have no oil glands, making them even more susceptible to drying out. Pick your favorite hydrating lip emollient—we recommend Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1—and apply generous coats as often as needed.
Step three: Invest in a humidifier. You may not be able to avoid heaters at the office, but you can invest in a humidifier for your home. This can help replace some of that moisture loss in the air while you have the heat running.
Step four: Try a facial mist. Beat the artificial heat and help dry skin by keeping a facial mist in tow. These portable products offer a quick, refreshing burst of hydration on the go. Lucky for you, we share a few of our favorite facial mists, here!
3. PROTECT YOUR SKIN BEFORE HEADING OUTDOORS
Moisturizer is a must year-round (especially when the temperatures drop!) but it’s not a miracle worker. If you live in a cold, wind-heavy city, you’ll need to go the extra mile and protect your skin beyond just hydration when heading outdoors. What exactly should you do? Shield your face from cold winds with a balaclava or scarf, and always, always, always wear gloves. It’s not a bad idea to layer an extra coat of lip balm on your pout, as well.
4. DON’T DITCH YOUR SPF
When you think of sweater weather, SPF likely doesn’t come to mind…but it should. Your skin should always be protected from UV rays, regardless of the weather or season. In fact, SPF during the wintertime is especially important because the sun can reflect off snow and lead to sunburn and additional harm to exposed skin. If you’re going skiing or simply live in a snow-heavy area, pay extra attention to your sunscreen applications when there’s snow on the ground. Reapply frequently or consider switching to a heavier formula with a higher SPF level.