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It’s already November! Time goes by so fast, I can’t! It’s unbelievable that Christmas is around the corner. However, this also means it’s getting colder and this isn’t always nice for our skin. So I gathered 8 essential skincare tips for winter you need to know about!
When I was younger, November was my least favorite month. October is my birthday month and December is a magical month, but November was nothing to me. In the last couple of years, I’ve been enjoying November more. However, my skin doesn’t really enjoy these colder months of the year. My skin starts getting dry, more red and irritated. I found out I need some great skincare for winter to make sure my skin is okay. So I gathered my 8 essential skincare tips for winter so you can try them out this winter too.
8 Essential Skincare Tips for Winter
Put a Humidifier in your house
One of the things that aren’t good for our skin, is dry air. The air is already drier in the winter but we also put our temperatures up in our houses (I’m guilty!). That’ll make your skin even drier so a good solution is a humidifier. This will add moisture to the air which helps to replenish moisture in our skin.
If you wake up with dry skin, don’t forget to put one in your bedroom!
Drink more Water
Drinking more water means hydrating and moisturizing your skin from the inside out. I always have more trouble with drinking enough water during the winter, since I’m not that thirsty. However, it’s so important to drink enough water! If you’re just like me and can use some tips on how to drink more water, please check out my tips here.
Avoid alcohol-based products & acne treatments
Take a look at your fash wash, does it contain alcohol? What about your lotion or other face products you use? If you see alcohol on the ingredients list, I would recommend avoiding these products during winter. Just like acne treatments, these products tend to be too harsh and drying on the skin during winter. If you use an acne treatment and you notice more flakiness, try to reduce the application or add in a gentle moisturizer for hydration.
Also to wrong face wash can worsen itchy and dry skin. Wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. (And do look for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” because “unscented” products may actually contain fragrances).
Stick to your nighttime routine
I get it, it’s hard to stay awake when it’s dark outside at 4 pm but it is so important to stick to your nighttime routine. This means, do NOT sleep with makeup on! Remove makeup, dirt, and air pollution from the outside. It will reduce inflammation in the skin, free radical damage, and prevent skin aging
This one might seem obvious, but moisturizing your skin is crucial for keeping it hydrated throughout the winter.
“Application of a very thick moisturizer as soon as you get out of the bath or shower and then one more time per day will help keep your skin feeling nice and smooth,” Dr. Lamb said in this article. “Sometimes layering oil on your face and body prior to a cream-based moisturizer will help trap in the hydration.”
“Before bathing, I always recommend body oils. I really like coconut oil, because that can hydrate your skin and protect your barrier before you’re getting into a warm bath,” Dr. Farber explained in this article. “Aside from coconut oil, which is one that’s really nice for the body, essential oils are kind of the new thing that is really great. There’s argan oil, tea tree oil, rose oil, rosehip oil that is nice for the face and are a little bit easier on someone who can be a little more acne-prone.”
Avoid hot showers & baths
How nice is it to come home of a long day at school or work and just before going to bed, taking a hot shower or bath? Please do your skin a favor and don’t shower or bath too hot. Taking hot showers and not moisturizing can create cracks in the surface of the skin, resulting in what feels like lots of paper cuts and eczema.
After you took a shower or bath: moisturize! I love body lotion, for example, the Kylie Skin one. If you’re into self tanning, I would recommend the Bali Body Gradual Tan, which gives you a tan and moisturizes your skin.
Don’t go out when your skin is still damp
A lot of people will run outside after they’ve washed their hands or finished doing a chore to walk their dog or take out the trash, but if your skin is damp and you go out in the cold, it’s going to chap a lot easier. Just like what happens to your lips when they’re dry and you lick them, it makes it all even worse!
Dr. Jaber explained in this article, when it comes to exfoliating, the answer to whether or not you should do it isn’t the same for everyone.
“If your skin is really, really dry, then you certainly don’t exfoliate,” he said. “But if it’s OK, then you can. Certainly, you’re going to exfoliate less than you would normally because your skin barrier is going to be a little bit compromised because of the dryness and the cold air.”
What are your thoughts on these 8 skincare tips for winter? Are you implementing them in your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments!
See you next time loves,