We all know we need to winterize out homes, winterize our cars, and the same is very very true for our skin. Harsh winter weather can really take a toll on skin, so take advantage of those stay indoors kind of snow days as opportunities to pamper your skin.
Exfoliation, hydration, and protection are the key buzzwords for winter skin. Keep in mind that winter skin needs extra TLC, so take time to add weekly exfoliations and face masks to your regular skincare routine. Your skin will thank you in kind.
Weekly exfoliation will help to remove dry, dead skin which promotes cell turnover and also allows for maximum product penetration. Try to avoid aggressive abrasive scrubs as they can upset sensitive winter skin. Instead, opt for natural enzyme exfoliators. You can make your own paste from baking soda and water to help unclog pores and smooth out skin. Remember to follow your weekly exfoliation with at least 15-20 minutes of face mask time.
Daily hydration is essential for healthy skin year round. Drink the recommended 8-12 glasses of water or decaffeinated herbal tea, and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep skin hydrated from the inside out. Try to avoid caffeine, sugars, and refined carbohydrates as these cause dryness and inflammation in skin, which eventually leads to those dreaded wrinkles.
As you tuck in for your nightly eight hours of beauty sleep, remember to apply a nutrient-rich night cream. There is a reason it is called beauty sleep. Major renewal takes place each night while you are sleeping, and so it is the optimal time to nourish your skin.
Next, protect your skin with the best daytime protection cream for your type. Most skin needs extra hydration in the winter, so your winter day cream can afford to be richer than the one for summer. Oil of Olay, Cetaphil, and Clinique are great go-to brands for all skin types, especially the sensitive ones.
Any finally, always remember the SPF, even in winter.