While the winter is perfect for bundling up in front of the fireplace or celebrating holidays, it’s not so perfect for the skin. Why is it so hard to have soft, moisturized skin in the wintertime? The colder weather usually lacks moisture, and when you combine that with freezing temperatures and wind you have red, irritated skin. As the months cool off, changing your beauty routine is essential to keeping your skin healthy. While a winter beauty routine isn’t that different from a warmer weather treatment, adding moisture and sloughing away dry flakes are two of the easiest ways to have flawless skin all year long. Here are five must-have winter beauty products:
A gentle body polish is ideal to keep dry skin away. The cold air strips away natural moisture in the skin, leaving it dull and flaky-both of which no one wants. A sugar body polish gently removes dry flakes, while the oils in the product add moisture back into the skin. While you may be tempted to exfoliate every day, try to limit the body treatment to only two or three times a week. Exfoliating too often can leave skin irritated and may cause an increase in oil production. A few body polish products to try are Fresh: Brown Sugar Body Polish and Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub.
Needing thicker moisturizer in winter is a given. Thicker body butters and creams are perfect, because the formula soaks into the skin and lasts longer than other moisturizers for all day protection. It’s also important to remember that even though the temperatures are colder, you still need to have a lotion with at least an SPF 30 when you plan on being outside. Moisturize the skin after exfoliation, since all of the dry skin flakes are now removed from the body. Keep skin supple by adding lotion to the body soon after getting out of the shower in order to retain some of the natural moisture. Ideal products for the skin are Aveda Replenishing Body Moisturizer and Korres Body Butters.
Often overlooked, the hands and nails usually bear the brunt of harsh winter conditions. Prevent dry hands and cuticles by regularly rubbing in lotion or cuticle cream throughout the day, especially after bathing, washing the hands or simply going outside. Frequent use of hand cream will keep cuticles healthy and hands from drying and cracking. Since the hand skin is delicate and thin, you will notice symptoms of dryness quickly, so start early with getting in the habit of moisturizing the hands to prevent skin dehydration. Try Aveda Hand Relief or Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream to keep hands soft.
During the winter, keeping the lips smooth and moisturized is a daily endeavor. Lips, like the hands, are delicate and dry out much faster than the rest of the body so it’s important to wear a protective lip balm to create a barrier from harsh cold, wind or sun exposure. Since there are so many lip balms to choose from, look for products that provide deep conditioning and vitamin E for smoothing and moisturizing. Smooth away any flakes by gently rubbing a dry washcloth across the lips each night and then slathering on a good moisturizing balm. Look for products like Rosebud Perfume Company Salve in a Tube or Fresh: Sugar Lip Polish.
The body is subjected to cold conditions, and so is your hair. Use a deep conditioner two to three times a week to restore lost moisture and keep it looking healthy and shiny. A hydrating mask for your hair will also keep strands from drying out and splitting, as well as protect it from conditions next time you head outside. Check out Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask and Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment.
So, even though it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you need to have dry, irritated skin. Using a few winter beauty products throughout the season will keep skin soft and healthy for a youthful appearance.