Even while I’m out here in sunny California, whose winter months cruise along unblemished by “snowy mixes” and “polar vortexes”, it’s halfway through the coldest time of the year and my skin is still in need of a hydration boost. No matter my routine, I always know for certain I’ll be dealing with double the skin conditions during the long cold months, and with all of the temperature fluctuations and dried out indoor heat, I am starting to feel as dried out as the Christmas tree I absolutely refuse to take down.
Focusing only on excessively moisturizing just does not do the trick in these trying times. But there are few more steps that we can take to make sure we are locking in the hydration we do manage to capture. For instance, you can run a small humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in to combat the dry air pumping from home and office heaters. It’s impossible to know what the temperature will be each day in the winter, but we can at least try to control our indoor temperatures and humidity.
Here are a few other suggestions to add to your routine while the weather outside is frightful:
Scrub Your Way to Fresh Skin
Gentle exfoliation is key to radiant skin, because it makes space for the new, fresh, healthy skin cells to come to the surface. We need to get rid of that dead cell build-up, which always seems to be in excess during the winter. A scrub with even a mild glycolic or lactic acid will aid immensely in taking off the dead skin.
Our good ol’ friend the dry brush can slough off that excess dead skin all over our body, while also improving our circulation – which for me seems to take a turn for the worse during the winter. Shaving is also a great way to exfoliate areas such as your legs, which are less likely see the light of day in the winter.
Effective Cleansing Is Sooooo Important
Avoiding harsh, soap-based cleansers and body washes will help avoid unnecessary dehydration. Instead, opt for creamy or oil-based cleansers. If you already have severely dry skin, exfoliating cleansers may be too harsh for you, so using an organic muslin cloth would be a good alternative for an acidic exfoliant.
This is a daily exfoliating and brightening cleanser with super hydrating blue tansy, argan oil and neroli oil.
Helping you both calm inflammation with the Calendula Flower extract and Borage Leaf Extract, while also deeply moisturize with nurturing Apricot Kernel Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil.
A gentle and nourishing cleanser that won’t strip your face. and adds oils like organic coconut, calendula, avocado, and grapeseed oil back to your skin. The black willow bark also acts as a natural exfoliant.
Lock In the Moisture
Applying your moisturizer while your skin is still a little damp will help lock in moisture. Avoid fragranced moisturizers, because they tend to be drying or cause irritation. Soothing ingredients like Vitamin E and aloe vera add a calming touch. Heavier creams that include ceramides can help protect the skin barrier, which takes hit after hit during the winter.
I love the way this thick cream slathers on. I feel like nothing can penetrate its barrier, and the hydration just seeps in. This may seem thicker that what many are used to, but it is not greasy.
This is a vitamin-packed hydration powerhouse, with a waterless blend that melts into your skin to restore radiance to the delicate eye area.
I have already raved about this amazing toner and moisturizer in one. But the Hydrating Accelerator enhances the delivery of hydration to the skin with herb and vitamin-infused aloe water.
Another helpful way to minimize moisture loss would be to apply your facial oil before getting into the shower or bath. Here are some of our go to facial oils for the winter months:
I have even turned my husband on to Nazan Schnapp’s miracle products. He suffers from serious dry patches on his face, so I purchased this oil for him. This blend contains night blooming Jasmine and Orchid to support the skin’s natural moisture levels.
Channeling the element of water, the macadamia oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, and Artic Blackcurrant Seed Oil give you a nourishing base to receive all the other amazing nutrients this oil has to offer.
Quenching even the thirstiest of skin, these nutrients – Marula Oil, Green Tea, vitamins A, C, E, and F, Baobab and Pequi – offer the ultimate hydration, while also protecting the skin’s defense against future dehydration.
Hydrating masks before going to bed can also be a huge help. Try it once a week at bedtime as an addition to your nighttime routine.
Includes seaweed, pearl and rose for relieving dryness and irritated skin.
A sheet mask that boosts moisture with coconuts and natural hyaluronic acid and leaves you with a luminous, plump complexion.
A creamy, oil free facial mask that works deep into your skin overnight allowing your skin to replenish lost moisture.