I think it’s fair to say that fall has finally arrived. The daily temps are hovering in the 50’s, at least for this week, and the nighttime lows are dropping well into the 30’s.
While I am excited for sweater weather and boots, as well as for warm, hearty soups and stews, hot cocoa and movie nights snuggled under blankets, one thing I am definitely not looking forward to is the effect that winter weather has on my skin.
When the humidity drops, that very same blasted humidity we curse all summer, and is replaced by dry, cold air, howling winds, and overheated interiors, there is a noticeable, and not so pretty, effect on the skin.
You all know what I mean, right? Dry, pale, itchy, scaly, flaky skin, chapped lips, broken cuticles, redness, sensitivity . . . . Ugh! These are all very real effects
But the good news is just because the temperature is falling does not mean you have to succumb to the unpleasantness of winter skin. Since I started selling Beautycounter I noticed my clients have lots of questions about how to prevent the worst of the winter skin woes and keep skin looking healthy all year long. Fortunately, with a little advance planning and some carefully selected products it is possible to keep your skin healthy and happy even through the long winter months.
Since I have fielded a number of phone calls in the last week from clients ready to winterize their cosmetics bag, I figured it would be helpful to share my tips for transitioning your skin care routine from summer to winter.
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Make sure you are applying a moisturizing lotion or cream to your body and your face every day. The best time to do this is when your skin is slightly still slightly damp. This helps to seal in moisture and provides a layer of protection from the elements. You may want to switch from the lightweight coverage you were likely using all summer to a thicker, richer cream with staying power. This Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa featuring shea butter and mongongo oil to hydrate and nourish, plus organic sunflower oil, aloe, and chamomile to soothe and smooth is a great choice for super dry skin. Its thick, buttery formula melts into skin and absorbs easily without feeling greasy. And don’t forget your lips. Now is the time to prevent chapped lips by keeping lips hydrated and protected all day long and using a lip conditioner in the evenings.
2. Water and More Water. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated all winter long. Although you may not feel as thirsty as during the hot summer days and you are likely drinking more hot drinks this time of year, it’s important to keep sipping water throughout the day. Try to start your day with a big glass of water (yes, before your coffee) because while you always wake up dehydrated it’s especially bad in the winter when the heat is running, and try to make it a habit to have a glass of water in between each cup of coffee or cocoa (or cocktail) you consumer.
3. Add a Humidifier to Your Bedroom. Speaking of water, try adding a humidifier to your bedroom while you sleep. You just might find yourself sleeping better and waking without the sniffles and snuffles that so often accompany mornings in the winter. Plus, the extra moisture will do wonders for keeping your skin hydrated while you sleep.
4. Experiment with Oils. Oils are a great way to keep skin supple and soft. I know oil, especially on the face, can controversial (and I’ve got a post planned to address some of these concerns), but oils are great for skin care because they can penetrate deep into the skin, helping to trap water and other moisturizers in, while at the same time forming a barrier on that helps keep toxins out. Some oils, when used regularly, can even help strengthen our own natural skin barrier to protect us from environmental toxins. On cold winter days a product with rosehip seed oil, which is highly concentrated with antioxidant ingredients, like Body Oil with Citrus and Rosemary, can help protect your skin from the elements. Also, don’t be afraid to add oil to your hair care routine as well. Just a few drops of argan oil or coconut oil on the ends of your hair can help keep it looking healthy and shiny all winter long.
5. Condition While you Cleanse. You might also want to rethink your cleanser (both face and body) during the winter months and pick something thicker and creamier. Instead of using soap or a gel cleanser, try a milk or cream cleanser instead. Or on days you are feeling especially dry, how about a cleansing balm? This luxurious Cleansing Balm is a multi-tasking miracle worker. Use it as a nourishing daily cleanser, a melting makeup-removing balm, or a deeply replenishing overnight mask. It hydrates with nutrient-rich raspberry and cranberry seed oils and promotes a brighter complexion with radiance-boosting vitamin C. Use it as an overnight mask for a significant increase in skin hydration in the morning.
6. Keep your Hands Covered. One of my trouble areas is definitely my hands, especially my thick, cracked cuticles which I seem to suffer from every winter despite faithfully applying oil each night. If you suffer from dry, chapped hands, make sure to find a beautiful pair of gloves and wear them every time you go outside, especially if you find yourself regularly reaching for your phone when you are out of doors. Keeping your hands protected from the environment will prevent chapping and help keep your nails and cuticles healthy. And don’t forget to keep some hand lotion in your bag to reapply throughout the day.
7. Exfoliate Regularly. Try adding some regular exfoliating to your shower routine. At least twice a week switch up your regular shower gel or soap for one with a mild scrub that provides gentle exfoliation to help you shed dry, dead skin cells and keep your skin looking (and feeling) its best. I rely on this Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass to maintain a healthy-looking glow and silky-smooth skin throughout the year. Brown sugar buffs away dull skin, hydrating sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower oils and mineral-rich evening primrose polish and perfect to leave skin looking supple and smooth. And that scent – a perfect blend of pure citrus and lemongrass oils leaves smells fresh and invigorating. Even a quick homemade conception of sugar, coconut oil and some essential oils will do the trick.
8. Fake a Healthy Glow. No – not the tanning bed. Please never use the tanning bed. If you have a big event coming up or tropical vacation is in your future (lucky you), then by all means treat yourself to a professional, spray tan (but beware of the many dubious chemicals and fragrances lurking therein). For a daily subtle glow, simply add a lightly tinted oil or lotion to your arms and legs. This Glow Shimmer Oil is luxurious dry-oil formula — made with nourishing jojoba, grape-seed, and sesame oils — that absorbs immediately into your skin to deliver a radiant, even glow. Use it for a subtle bronze boost and a hint of shimmer. And try incorporating a highlighter and/or subtle bronzer into your make-up routine to keep your skin glowing all year long.
9. Don’t Forget the Sun Protection. Although it’s cold outside the sun is still powerful in the winter, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the snow. You already know should be putting sunscreen on everyday. And don’t forget your sunnies too. The glare coming off freshly fallen snow can blinding.
Hopefully that will help you transition your skin care routine from summer to winter. Remember, you really should be pampering your skin throughout the year. And while the tips I’ve provided are what works for me, remember skin care is a very personal thing. So, you need to do what works for you.
If you’re looking for more tips and tricks or are in need of a skin care overhaul, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.