It’s funny how you spend most of your life prepping for the upcoming seasons, whether it’s shopping your favorite designer’s spring fashion line or racing to your nearest makeup counter for summer proof makeup products, the seasons definitely dictate what you wear and how you wear it. But how many of us stop and think about skin preparation? Preparing your skin for the harsh realities of winter is extremely important but often overlooked. So let’s take a look at some ways you can get your skin winter ready. After all, the foundation to any beautiful look is great skin!
Frequent Hot Showers/Baths: No! No!
The temptation to live in a hot bath or shower during winter months is simply overwhelming, but you must resist the urge in order to ward off dehydration. That’s right dehydration, according to an article found on WebMD, long, hot showers actually remove the skin’s natural oils, leaving skin dry and dehydrated. Instead, it is advised to take shorter showers or baths and use warm water. Pat dry and moisturize.
Winter is the best time to splurge on a great moisturizer. The Washington, DC winters can be brutal and now is not the time to neglect your skincare, especially if you want to preserve your skin and have it beach ready for summer. Luckily the beauty industry is saturated with excellent skincare products in great price points. A fan favorite is Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion ($6.95) or for those with extreme moisture needs First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($28) is another great option. If lotions aren’t your thing, don’t despair, applying an emollient oil right out of the shower can work wonders on dry skin. Try Weleda Pomegranate Regenrating Body Oil ($13) or Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame ($7).
Additionally, anti-aging products should be avoided if possible during winter months, because the retinoids found in these products can irritate already dry and sensitive skin.
Beware of Harsh Soaps
Your regular soap may not cut it for winter. Keep in mind soaps that work during the other seasons may be a bit too harsh and drying during the winter months. Shelf your regular soaps for now and start using soap-free, gentle cleansers. Some great options are Cetaphil’s Gentle Cleanser ($8). This cleanser is great because not only is it hypoallergenic and fragrance free, it can be used on both the face and body, hey a 2 in 1, gotta love that! Another favorite on the market is the Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture ($6).
The cold outside is bitter! The warm, cozy comforts are all indoors. But that warm, dry air can lead to dry, chapped skin. Jeez, you just can’t win, can you? No need to fret. This is where the humidifier that has been taking up space all year in the attic or garage comes into play. Place the humidifier in your bedroom and maybe one more in a frequently used room in the house. The constant moisture in the air will fight off the dry, chapped skin waiting to take over.
These tips along with a healthy diet will work wonders in your journey to achieving beautiful, radiant winter skin.