If you are looking for an interesting reaction, try explaining your winter beauty and skin care regimen to a Southern girl. Every fall, before blustery winter wraps its cold grip around the North, women switch out their summer beauty products with moisturizing, cold weather-alternatives that really can help you retain a radiant summer glow that not only looks good, but feels good too.
New to winter skin care needs? Or, not sure what works or what you need to be adding to your own winter skin care routine?
There are several products made specifically to protect and repair skin that can become damaged from cold, moisture deprived, harsh winter wind. The important step is being able to identify what you need and how to use it in order to achieve that mid winter glow that every other woman you pass will envy.
But remember that products don’t just make the difference. There are several small things that you can do, or should stop doing, on a daily basis to improve the condition of your skin and how well it deals with the stress of winter weather.
Protect Your Skin
Protecting your skin from the harsh wind that you will experience when you step outside is something that you want to do daily. Once you skip this part of your daily regimen, you are left playing catch up in the sense that now you need to repair, moisturize and then continue to protect your skin. If you skipped moisturizer in the summer, add it, and if you regularly use moisturizer make sure you are using one that is infused with Vitamin B5 which not only reduces the need to use harsh acne products, but improves the vitality of your skin.
A moisturizer that already includes SPF protection is also valuable because many women forget to apply sunscreen to their face or simply do not like the way it feels or reacts with their makeup.
Prevent Damage to Your Skin
Those simple things that I mentioned, really are simple, and they do not require extra products, time or much energy at all. The best, and cheapest, way of providing moisture to your skin, is to drink water. Most of us, drink less water during the winter months because we do not feel like we are thirsty even though our bodies require just as much water. Make a point of drinking more water, to keep your skin and lips hydrated and better able to deal with wind and sun burns.
Changing the way you bathe can improve the condition of your skin and how it feels to you. Hot baths and showers might feel soothing, but they actually harm your skin and continue to harm your skin once you are out. Instead, opt for warm water baths that will not cause the skin to naturally dehydrate.
Nourish Your Skin
When you have done all that you can to protect and nurture your skin, either to keep it healthy or to get it there, it is now your job to determine what your skin needs the most from you. Exfoliating is the quickest and a guaranteed way to immediately reduce any dull skin issues you are having.
Underneath all that dead skin is fresh, young looking skin that begs to see the light, and should. You can do this with either a homemade facial scrub or one of many that are made for just this reason. Just look for a facial scrub that is made from natural ingredients for the best moisturizer.
A good facial cleanser can also improve the appearance of your skin, brightening your color and reducing the need for heavy makeup. If spots or hyperpigmentation increase during the winter months, use an over the counter or prescription spot treatment that contains hydroquinone to reduce their appearance.
Finally, make sure that you take the time to remove all of your makeup each day to avoid clogged pores and flaky skin. Just because it is colder outside does not mean you need to use more makeup on your face, and once you do find the perfect winter skin care regimen a fresh natural look might just be the best choice anyway!