HOW TO AVOID DRY SKIN DURING THE WINTER
It's almost that time of year again, unfortunately: cold, windy, all around terrible for your skin (at least, in Canada and most parts of the US ... if you're reading this from somewhere sunny and warm, I envy you).
As someone who is extremely prone to dry patches and eczema, I'm a lot more conscious of how consistent I am with moisturizing during the colder months. Of course, everyone's skin is different and we all live in different climates; even just different parts of Canada have very different weather. So, here are a few of my tips to (try to) maintain soft, hydrated skin during the colder months.
Check out the bottom of this post for a list (with links) of products I'll have mentioned.
HOW TO AVOID DRY SKIN DURING THE WINTER
I'm sure this one goes without saying, but just in case ... moisturize! moisturize! moisturize! consistently and frequently. Because I'm lazy, I don't take a shower/bath every single day (probably 5/7 days of the week), but when I do, I always moisturize my entire body once I dry off. I don't consider my skin to be strictly dry (I'm more combination), but I do feel the affects of dryness pretty quickly after I wash my face or body — my skin starts to feel tight if I don't moisturize almost immediately.
Exfoliating is always an important step in maintaining healthy, glowing skin, but it's so much more important during the winter. Try to exfoliate your face and body once a week, to make sure you're really getting rid of any flaky, dry skin that might be occurring. But remember, don't over exfoliate! Your skin will become sensitive and even damaged if you exfoliate too often.
Masks are also an important step in any skincare routine. Personally, I don't use masks on my body, but I know they exist. There are tons of different masks out there, so no matter what type of skin you have (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, etc.), I guarantee you'll be able to find a mask that works for you. In the winter, hydrating masks are so much more important than they were in the summer, because they really help lock in that moisture your skin may be desperately needing.
We've all heard it a thousand times, and I've preached it here myself: HYDRATION hydration HyDrAtIoN! As annoying as it may be to constantly hear beauty gurus and fitness coaches and everyone and their mom preach about how important it is that you drink lots of water, they're all right. Staying hydrated is crucial to your hair, skin, nails, brain, and literally every other part of your body. Now that it's winter, my lips are a lot drier, so when I haven't had enough water, my bottom lip basically cracks in half and I have to spend the following 3 days applying Vaseline to it every 2 minutes. So just do it, okay? Just drink your water.
5. Cover up
When we were edgy preteens, it wasn't "cool" to wear hats or mitts (ironically, it was cool ... it was f*cking freezing ... but all in the name of "fashion", right?). Thank god we grew out of that phase, right? Now, I won't leave the house if I don't have mitts or gloves because my hands will freeze the second I touch the steering wheel, even if I preheated the car.
For those of us that live in Canada or basically anywhere in the US that isn't Hawaii, California, Arizona, or Florida (to name a few), we know the struggle of brushing/scraping off our vehicles, shovelling snow until we're crosseyed and (unfortunately for us humans) walking our dogs in the frigid cold because they need exercise. It is so SO important that, when you're doing fun or terrible winter activities to COVER UP! Not only with parkas, boots and even snow pants, but with hats, mitts and scarves! If I go outside in the winter for more than 1.5 seconds without mitts on, my hands will look like the dry, cracked, desert ground we see in beautiful nature photography (except it won't be beautiful ... it'll be sore and gross).
6. Don't forget your lips and hair!
This is so important! I feel like sometimes people forget that their lips and hair get dry in the winter, too. To make it easy to remember: exfoliate your lips when you exfoliate your face, and use a lip mask whenever you use a face mask. Similarly, don't forget to moisturize your lips literally all the time. Some people are against wearing lip products to bed because it can make your pillow dirty = breakouts on your face, but I never go to bed without a bit of Vaseline on my lips because I will dry out in the night if I don't.
Every time I wash my hair, I use a mask and an oil because 1. I use a purple shampoo that makes my hair feel like dreadlocks and 2. my hair is pretty dry and damaged from heat/styling. Just like our skin, everyone's hair is different, so you'll have to test different things to find the products and routine that work just right for you, but even if you just put a bit of oil on your ends when you style, that can make a big difference.
Those are all of my tips to maintaining hydrated skin (and lips and hair) during these colder months. Hopefully these inspired you to (yes, I'm gonna say it) drink more water even thought it's cold out, and be more consistent with your moisturizing routine.
Check out the list below for some products that I use to maintain soft skin!
(Not sponsored or an ad)
Exfoliator 1: Tarte FRXXXTION Stick (available at Sephora or tartecosmetics.com directly)
Moisturizer 1: The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream*
Moisturizer 2: The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream**
*I use this on my eyes in the morning during the winter
**I use this on my hands before bed and any dry patches that pop on on my body (unless they're really bad, then I use hydrocortisone)
Moisturizer: The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Body Butter
*try not to eat this one, it smells un-f*cking-believable