Winter Skin Tips

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Baby, it is REALLY cold outside!!

If you're like me, your skin is NOT a fan. And by "not a fan" I mean has turned into an uber-dry alligator-resembling layer on your body. I'm sure living in the cold great white north is part of my problem but besides the chilly weather Nov-Mar, I kinda love it here so will have to deal.

For this reason I've been searching all the tips and tricks to solve the scaly and lock the moisture in! Here's some winter skin tips for you:

Winter skin tips

  1. Wash with warm water. This is a hard one for me. When it's super chilly there's nothing I love more than a hot shower or bath. By hot I mean HOT! Unfortunately, this is the absolute worst thing for your skin, especially during winter. I'm trying to turn the temp down a few notches in the best interest of my skin, you should too!
  2. Moisturize ASAP. Somewhere along the lines it was ingrained in my head that if you moisturize immediately following a bath, shower or washing your face, your skin is more likely to lock it in. Who knows if this is actually true (like scientifically and stuff) but my skin does feel more supple if I moisturize while still damp. Have both your body AND face moisturizer on the bathroom counter so there's no forgetting! Better yet, have it in the shower with you so it's the first thing you do once you turn that water off.
  3. H20. I swear, drinking more water is the cure to all of the things. Seriously, when in doubt, up your water intake. This is something we almost all do less of during the cold winter months but that's the time when our bodies, particularly our skin, needs it the most. Carry water with you wherever you go. If you really find drinking enough water a challenge, set yourself reminders on your phone!

    I carry a water bottle EVERYWHERE and am more likely to drink if it's out of a straw (is that weird? whatever works)
  4. Exfoliate. Slough off that dead skin so all that moisturizer can get where it needs to go. Loofahs, scrubs, exfoliating gloves can all help get rid of the dead skin on your body. Use on your face, lips and all over your body and then moisturize right away. The key here is to be gentle - scrubbing too hard will be counterproductive and could irritate your skin.
  5. Use a good face mask. There are tons of homemade recipes out there that you can literally whip up with ingredients from your own kitchen. Or maybe you have favourite moisturizing mask that is your go-to (if you do, share it in the comments to help us all out! Right now I'm loving the Detoxifying and Moisturizing Mask from SeneGence). 
  6. Protect. Just because the sun isn't beaming down, doesn't mean you can skimp on your sun-protection. Make sure that you're using a face cream with some built-in sunscreen.
  7. Cool it on the alcohol and caffeine. Ya, I know, I love all the coffee and the wine too but it's not exactly skin-friendly. There's no way I can skip the coffee in the morning but I'm okay adding a hot water with lemon for another hot beverage later in the day. 
  8. Use gentle products. Now is NOT the time to try that super fragrant hand-cream or body butter. Skip the irritating products and opt for something you know will be gentle on your thirsty epidermis (had to throw that word in somewhere).
Hope that was helpful - if you have some tips or tricks you use to keep your skin supple during the cold weather months, I'd love for you to share them!