One thing I do every year when I’m swapping out my sweaters for my winter coats is take inventory in my skincare and make the necessary changes. Like our wardrobes, our skincare needs to change with the seasons and while the winter months are the months for layering, we need to do the same with our skincare.
A lot of what you already have can stay in rotation, but we need to ensure that we are adding products that add the hydration our skin craves. The winter months make for confused and challenged skin and here are some tips and products I swear by.
1. Think about where you live. If the temperature shifts aren’t that drastic you don’t need to change all too much. We underestimate how helpful the simple act of dropping your morning cleansing routine can be. We have natural oils in our skin which serve us in the cooler weather. Perhaps that is the only shift you need to make if you live in more moderate climates like Atlanta. For the rest of us in the plummeting temps, read on but also include this step.
2. Hydrate and nutrition can heal. Every aspect of your health will benefit. Keep your water bottles close to you. Add whatever you need to make it more appealing to drink such as lemon, cucumber etc. Looking inward for hydration will prevent your skin from drying out easily while also providing that healthy glow. Another way to keep skin cells healthy is to eat foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Examples of these would be fatty fish, walnuts, blueberries, avocados, spinach and tomatoes. So much of our protection from environmental damage comes from healthy food habits.
3. Add moisture. High winds, cold temperature and indoor heat is a recipe for dry skin. Before getting into what skincare changes you can make, here are two easy ones to incorporate within your home.
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. This is the one I love and use in my home.
- Avoid very hot water when showering or washing your face.
4. Exfoliation. This is NOT the time to put exfoliation on the back burner. Winter is one of the best times to exfoliate. By using a chemical exfoliant, you can remove patches of dry skin revealing softer, smoother skin. Doing this also allows the oils, balms and serums you are using to penetrate better. Look for AHA/BHA’s rather than a physical scrub. There are many out there in all the price ranges. Here are some of my favorites.
- Shani Darden Lactic Acid Serum
- Coleen Rothschild Glycolic and Agave Peel Pads
- L’Oreal Paris Revitalift 10% Glycolic Serum
5. Upgrade your moisturizer. Many of us need richer face and body moisturizer during the winter months. Look for ingredients such as glycerin, castor oil, ceramides, shea butter etc. Here are some of my absolute
- Colleen Rothschild Extreme Recovery Cream
- Maya Chia Concentrate
- Egyptian Magic
- True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil.
6. Lip Balms for chapped lips, sleeping masks and basting.
- Summer Friday – Butter Balm
- Laneige Lip – Sleeping Mask
- Rosebud Salve
- Doctor Rogers – Healing Balm
- Tatcha – Lip Balm
- Ilia Lip Wrap – Reviving Balm
And all my favorite products can be found here.
May 2023 bring you and your families a joy filled with health and happiness.
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