The winter season means colder temperatures, chunky sweaters, and cups of hot cocoa.
But it’s also accompanied by chapped lips, tight skin, and rough palms. Yes, it’s true. The frigid months can wreak havoc on your skin from head to toe.
It’s important to winterize your skincare routine to keep your skin happily hydrated. Here are five ways to nourish your skin during the winter.
1. Don’t Forget the SPF
Just because you won’t be spending endless days at the beach anymore doesn’t mean you should start skimping on your sunscreen. While UVB levels drop during the winter, there are still plenty of UVA rays, which is the culprit behind fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Stay Hydrated
Central heating and dropping temperatures will zap your skin of its moisture. That’s why it’s important to stay properly hydrated throughout the day. Swap out your morning coffee for water or green tea, which has amazing anti-oxidant effects. Use a moisturizer at night and in the morning to replenish thirsty skin.
3. Treat Yourself to a Facial at Home
Winter can leave your skin looking dull. A DIY facial at home should instantly brighten things up. Facials help to detoxify skin, boost blood circulation, and treat acne. When you’re performing a facial at home, you should:
● Cleanse: The first step to a luxurious facial is to cleanse the skin in order to prep it.
● Exfoliate: Remove the top layer of dead skin cells and excess oils by exfoliating.
● Mask: Choose a mask that accommodates whatever your current skin issues are. If your skin is feeling dry or tight, select a face mask formulated to replenish hydration.
● Steam: Fill a bowl with hot water and hold your face over it to help open your pores up while your mask is still on.
● ·Moisturize: After removing the mask, gently massage your favorite moisturizing serums into your skin.
4. Protect Your Lips
When it gets cold outside, you may feel the need to lick your lips to keep them moist. However, licking chapped lips will only exacerbate the problem. Ensure you are using an effective lip ointment at all times, especially before you eat or drink.
5. Avoid Dry, Cracked Hands
Your hands are prone to becoming chapped, cracked, and dry during the winter. Constantly washing your hands and using hand sanitizer can make the problem worse. To keep your hands protected, use a moisturizing soap. At night, wear a thick layer of hand cream under cotton gloves so that it can fully penetrate your skin.
Winter is not your skin’s best friend. Protect and nourish your skin during the cold season with proper hydration, DIY facials, and plenty of SPF.