Don’t take super hot showers, this is the most difficult one for me. I take hot, hot showers all year long. Hot water takes away the moisture from your skin. So during winter months, especially if you are in a state that has very cold weather turn down the heat. You can still take warm showers but make sure they are not super hot! Also skip the soap, try a moisturizing body wash.
Exfoliate at least 2 times a week, whether it’s a sugar or salt scrub, it’s a must! When you enter a room that has a heater and then go out into the cold it dries out your skin. Here are 2 at home scrub recipes you can do, body scrub and face scrub. But don’t over exfoliate (more than 3xs a week is too much), this could just make your skin even flakier.
Moisturize, after you get out of the shower and reapply moisturizer if you feel you need it on legs, arms, hands and feet. Sometimes I forget to put moisturizer on my legs in the winter because they aren’t as exposed as much because I’m wearing leggings, jeans or stockings. Do not over moisturize your face it can lead to clogged pores and acne. Moisturize in the morning and night, if heavy face creams are breaking you out try adding a face serum before your regular face cream, they are lighter and help lock in moisture. In the winter months use a heavier moisturizer for your body or try a body balm. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands!
Don’t forget your SPF, even in the winter UV rays are harmful to your skin and cause wrinkles.
Humidifier, if you suffer some sever dry skin invest in one. With dry winter air a humidifier helps skin stay soft.
On a side note, the winter is a great time to do face treatments like peels, laser, etc. If you do choose to do these procedures in the winter make sure you always wear SPF after!
Look out next week for my post on foods that help beat winter skin and keep it glowing!