While you might love cold days, cozy fires, and snowy afternoons, your skin definitely doesn’t. And this might seem obvious but moisturizing your skin during the winter months is crucial to your overall skincare routine. And we’re not just talking about your face, your entire body needs extra care when things get chilly. So, say goodbye to dry, flaky, itchy and even cracked skin this winter, and say hello to glowing skin from head to toe.
Cold Weather Havoc
First, it’s important to understand what happens to your skin in the winter. From freezing, windy conditions outside, to warm indoor heat, these conditions completely remove all the moisture from the air and your skin. In fact, studies show that for every degree drop in temperature, the body produces 10% less oil and moisture. This means water is lost from your skin cells leaving you feeling dry and tight. An increase in fine lines on your face and around the eyes is also more likely to happen during winter months because of this decrease in water.
How to Fight Back
But we’re here to say there is hope! Fight back this winter with these tips to moisturize your face and body, and even a few that will help add moisture back to your home.
- When it comes to your face and neck, choose an intensive, hydrating deep moisturizer. Start by discovering your skin type and then choosing a product that is the right fit for whatever you are dealing with. Accurate skin analysis is the key to the effectiveness of skincare treatments and knowing your skin type is the key to correcting, balancing and improving the quality of your skin. In the winter, you’ll want to look for a moisturizer that supports healing and repair, while soothing redness, irritation, and dryness.
- Consider giving your skin a fresh start and trying a peel. Designed to refine the skin’s surface and promote cell turnover, peels use alpha hydroxy acid to get rid of the dead layer of skin and then rely on calming all-natural ingredients such as aloe Vera to soothe and protect.
- Don’t forget your body during the winter too. Hands, feet and everything else can easily be affected by the harsh winter elements. Use a body lotion that not only leaves your skin soft but also nourished and most importantly conditioned. Our favorite includes 15 cold-pressed plant extracts, natural emollients, vitamins and pure essential oils that will instantly improve, protect and prevent dryness.
- Finally, keep moisture in the air by investing in a good humidifier. This can help balance the damage caused by heating up your home during the winter by adding moisture back into the air, especially helpful while you are sleeping. It also can’t hurt to drink an extra glass or two of water a day.