6 Ways to Ward Off the Winter Skin Blues

Cold, crisp air, fuzzy mittens, fluffy white snow, the warm smell of fireplaces…

And dry skin?

Thanks to Mother Nature, winter brings air that is devoid of all moisture and healing properties that make your skin look supple and hydrated.   Without immediate care, the cold weather can leave your skin looking red, chapped, cracked and dull.

While moisturizing daily will help, you will need to employ a more hands-on approach to your skin care routine. Try some of these simple at-home skin care tips to keep your skin glowing all winter long.

Healthy Winter Skin Care Tips

1. Choose a Moisturizer Carefully

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Not all moisturizers are equal. Some over-the-counter moisturizers are petroleum-based, which can actually cause your skin to dry out even more. Instead, choose a moisturizer that has natural, hydrating ingredients. This winter, try a moisturizer that is oil-based instead of water-based to help your skin retain more naturally moisturizing oils.

Pro Tip: For areas of the body that are generally drier, like knees, heels, and feet, try a heavier, deep moisturizer like cocoa butter, then wear cotton socks and gloves to lock in moisture all night.

2. Shower in Luke Warm Water

As cozy as a hot shower can feel in the winter, it is not good for your dry skin. Try using luke warm water to wash sensitive areas like your hands and face to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils.

3. Use DIY Face Masks

Treat your skin with homemade moisturizing masks to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Use natural ingredients like honey, bananas, avocado, jojoba oil, and aloe to create a paste or cream. Leave on your face for 10-20 minutes, rinse, and feel your skin soaking up the much-needed hydration.

4. Drink, Drink, Drink

Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water throughout the day. It can be tempting to stray from water and drink hot cocoa, hot tea, and coffee during the cold months, but these drinks with caffeine actually dry your skin out, as caffeine a diuretic. It is recommended to drink an average of 8-10 glasses of water per day to maintain proper hydration.

5. Utilize a Humidifier

Indoor heat robs the air of its moisture, so consider using a humidifier in your home this winter. Having a small, plug-in humidifier in your bedroom will help your skin heal and stay hydrated all night long, leaving you with softer, more naturally moisturized skin in the morning.

6. Switch Up Your Cleanser

A lot of facial cleanser options contain salicylic acid and glycolic, which, while they are great for drying up acne, those harsh chemicals leave your skin feeling dry and dull. Rotate this harsh cleanser with a more natural-ingredient cleanser to restore moisture to your face. Using micellar water is also a great way to remove dirt particles from your skin and hydrate your skin at the same time. Be sure to use a moisturizer after washing to lock in that moisture.

Pampering your skin in the winter may require more attention, but your skin will thank you. Softer, suppler skin is less prone to developing wrinkles and fine lines. Keep your skin looking younger and glowing this winter by implementing a few of these at-home winter skin care tips.

For fast and effective skin rejuvenation this winter, call or click here to schedule your free consultation!

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