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Growing up on the West Coast, I wasn’t used to “seasons.” I never really understood why you would need to change your beauty products with the seasons. Now that I’m living somewhere that actually has more than one season – I get it. The dry, cool temperatures of winter can leave your skin feeling very dry, itchy, or uncomfortable. I’ve since learned how to keep my skin healthy and moisturized during these cooler months.
Here are some of the beauty tips that I follow during the winter months to help keep my skin healthy:
It’s often recommended that you avoid super hot showers during the winter months since it can dry out your skin. If you just can’t get away from those hotter water temperatures, make sure you immediately apply a moisturizer or lotion to help rehydrate your skin.
Sometimes my skin gets little white areas of dryness, such as in the shin or elbow area. I take those opportunities to gently exfoliate those rough patches of skin. You can use an exfoliating cleanser or an exfoliating bath sponge – just don’t overscrub. It’s very important that you moisturize after exfoliating to help protect the newer skin cells you’ve brought to the surface.
Drink Like a Fish
OK, technically fish don’t drink, but they definitely aren’t dehydrated. Water is an essential part to keeping your skin healthy, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. I’m still working on drinking 8 cups a day (sometimes I reach it …. sometimes not) and can definitely see my progress reflected in my skin.
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Moisturizing is the big, big, big key to keeping healthy skin during the winter. When your environment is sucking out moisture, then you want to apply a moisturizer or lotion to protect your skin. Keep a bottle by the shower or by your bed so that you can apply lotion when you need it. If you hide it away in a drawer, you run the risk of “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome.
You may need to change your facial moisturizer as well. While some people use oil-free during the hot summer months, you may find that you need a new lotion to provide some extra oomph during the winter. If it’s too thick, it might actually trap dead cells instead of nourish and protect new ones. Of course, make sure it has SPF protection as well. Right now I’m loving Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion with SPF 15.
These handy beauty resolutions have really helped my skin look and feel so much more vibrant during the winter months. Do you have any special tips or tricks you use in your winter beauty routine?