Brrr! It’s that time of year again. Whether snow, wind, rain, or in Los Angeles, brisk 68 degree weather, is in your cards, you’ll want to do your best to keep your skin looking radiant and feeling smooth this Winter. The cold elements can make your skin dry, flaky and red. Yuck. Here are a few tips to keep your skin looking and feeling good in the cold weather.
1. Be wary of the heater. When the weather gets colder, we tend to turn on our heaters, which can irritate and dry out our skin even more. You’re better off layering up in cozy clothes, scarves and slippers. If it’s just too cold to go without the heat, turn it on just a little, but only until your place warms up a tad. And never sleep with the heat on. That’s just asking for dry eyes, skin, and even a dry throat.
2. Ramp up your moisturizing routine. Many of us tend to go lighter on the moisturizers and night creams when the weather is warm. In the cold weather, our skin needs extra moisture. Be sure to layer on a moisturizer on a clean face every morning, and switch to a thicker one in the evening.
3. Exfoliate. Even if you don’t regularly exfoliate your skin during the rest of the year, work it into your Winter skin care routine. Use a light exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells. This will help your moisturizers and creams sink in better, giving you softer skin.
4. Lower Your Shower Water Temperature. Extra hot water during your shower may add to your dry skin woes. Keep the water comfortably warm instead.
5. Don’t Forget The Sunscreen. Many of us just think to use sunscreen in the Summer months, or when we’re at the beach. IF the sun’s not out, we don’t need sunscreen, right? Wrong. Even when it’s not swimwear season, we still need a daily spf to protect our skin. UV rays come through rain, sleet or shine. Forgetting spf in the Winter can cause light burns, fine lines, and sun spots.
6. Mind Your Hands. When you wash your hands this Winter, use a moisturizing soap. Plus, if they’re extra dry, be sure to use a creamy lotion afterwards. Bonus if it smells nice. Also, keep a travel size lotion in your purse so you can rehydrate your hands, fingers, and even elbows throughout the day.
7. Don’t Forget Your Feet. Feet can get really dry, cracked and hard in the cold weather. Here’s a simple tip to keep them baby soft. Before bed, apply a rich cream to your feet. Then put on some cozy socks. In the morning, your feet will be extremely soft. This is so easy, and it really works!
These are just a handful of tips to help you keep your skin looking and feeling great in the cold, Winter months. Now, grab some hot chocolate, a yummy moisturizer, and get ready to greet Winter with open arms.