5 Essential Winter Skincare Tips

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Have you ever noticed your skin doesn’t exactly react well to winter weather? You can have glowing and hydrated skin all spring and summer, but as soon as the weather changes and the temperatures drop, things can quickly take a turn. If you have dry, itchy, flaking, or “angry” skin in the winter, this is a sign that your skincare products and routine aren’t working for your needs. Here are five essential winter skincare tips that can help you turn things around.

Read Ingredients Carefully – Skip the Drying Ones

A good place to start is to look at all your current skincare products and read the ingredients. What is fine in summer may not be ideal in winter. Some ingredients that can be problematic and cause your skin to dry out during winter include retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). If you want to be able to use these products still, scale back on how often you apply them and/or use a richer moisturizing cream to make up for the hydration loss.

You Can’t Skip Moisturizing

Whether it’s the skin on your face or your body, moisturizing plays a very important role in healthy skin. This is a great time to transition to a body cream or butter, using it daily to ensure your skin never dries out. Look for one that is non-sticky so it’s won’t feel too heavy.

How to Properly Include Body Exfoliating In Your Routine

Exfoliating your body is another important step in any skincare routine, but with winter being especially harsh and dry on your skin, is it still necessary? The short answer is yes, but it needs to be included at the right time in the routine, with the proper product, and not over-used. Experts tend to suggest exfoliating your body 2-3 times per week in the winter months to get rid of any dry, dead skin. Use a product that is gentle and won’t damage your skin.

One question people often have is whether you should shave before or after exfoliating. Many are under the false impression you can’t exfoliate before shaving, but this isn’t the case at all. Exfoliating before shaving has several benefits, including the ability to remove dead skin cells that can prevent a smooth clean shave.

Use Warm Water for Showers and Baths

If you’re the type that loves a hot bath or shower, you can be doing your skin more harm than good in the winter. Hot water dries out your skin, which can already be an issue thanks to the cold dry air of winter. It’s best to use warm water and stick to quick showers so you don’t dry out your skin. It’s also a good idea to use a rich moisturizing liquid body soap, as bar soap is known for drying the skin.

Hydrating the Inside Is Just As Important

Focusing on skincare alone won’t be enough, as you also need to hydrate the inside of your body. This means drinking plenty of liquids, preferably water.

Using all of these tips ensures you’ll have beautiful, soft, and glowing skin all year round.

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