How to Prepare Your Skin for Winter

Don’t let winter wreak havoc on your appearance!  Face the cold climate with confidence that comes from the right amount of prep. Cue the chunky knits, fair isle scarves and cute cocoon coats for your wardrobe.

And bring in a bunch of winterizing products and routines to benefit your skin.  Whether you stay inside all day (artificial heat is the worst!), or you’re out in the chill, here’s how to get your skin ready for winter.

Easy Tips You Can Try Now to Prepare Skin for Winter!

Moisturize

Lotions and creams are not created equal.  Lotions tend to be lighter which may appeal to those with oily skin while creams are often richer, and more suitable for dry complexions.  In the cold months, however, even those who fare oily, may find the heavier creams serve them well against the elements.  Seek humectants to seal in moisture and emollients to soften and soothe the skin.  This goes for both body and face.

Hydrate

Different from dryness which is lacking in oil, dehydration means your skin needs water.  Keep hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water, and loading up on Omega 3 fatty acids ( flax seeds and walnuts are both good sources).  For an external remedy,  use a hydrating mask several nights a week.

Humidify

Thermostats may be the real culprits causing dry skin.  By cranking up the heat inside, you’re upping the odds for all kinds of itchy dermis irritation.  Invest in a humidifier for your bedroom so more mist can seep into your pores.

Sunscreen

Just because the sun isn’t shining like it does during summer doesn’t mean the rays don’t pack a UV punch.  Keep applying your sunscreen as if it was July.

Balm-On

Let’s face it – blustery, bitter and frigid don’t help our lips stay soft.  We need lip balm to replenish and protect.  When choosing yours, look for ingredients like shea butter, cocoa seed butter or avocado oil, and avoid petrolatum which may cause more harm than good.  If you’re lips have already started to crack, use a soft toothbrush to slough of the dead skin.

Think Lukewarm, Not Hot

We love a long steamy shower after coming in from the freezing temps, but unfortunately our skin does much better when we keep the water warm.  Heat zaps moisture, while lingering under the faucet causes pruney, parched fingers.

Tell us, how do you winterize your skin?