So long summer…and hello winter. Don’t be sad, even though warm weather and beach attire has gone away till next year, there are so many things to enjoy in the wintertime. Freshly fallen snow, the holidays, hot cocoa, honey crisp apples, just to name a few! Unfortunately, skin tends to suffer greatly in the winter if it’s not taken care of properly. Read along for some great tips on treating dry, winter skin:
1. Exfoliate your skin 3-4 times a week to remove dry, flakey skin. If you don’t, oils will get trapped below the dryness, clogging pores and ultimately causing more pimples to form. Removing dead skin will allow new skin to appear and will make you feel oh so fresh and clean!
2. Use a moisturizing facial mask at least once a week to add hydration to your skin that will also remove oils and bacteria from pores. Check out our homemade facials link to see which facials would be best for adding moisture to your skin!
3. Moisturize your skin morning and night with an oil-free moisturizer! This step is important year round to prevent acne and is even more important in the winter to fight dry skin that could be quite painful if not tended to properly. If you find that an oil-free moisturizer is not helping fight your dry skin enough, try using an oil-based moisturizer at night for added moisture to you skin (as long as it doesn’t make you break out!)
4. Replace your moisturizer a couple nights a week with a couple drops of pure extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Just 2 drops will be enough to moisturize your entire face and neck – just make sure your face is clean before applying. It will not clog your pores and will leave your skin baby soft.
5. Certain acne medications can dry out your skin. Talk to your dermatologist about what treatments are best for fighting acne but not over-drying your already dry winter skin.
6. Wear a scarf around your neck or head and use it to cover your face if your skin comes in contact with cold, harsh winter winds. Cold wind can cause severe windburn that can not only dry out your skin, but cause red irritations to develop as well. Not only will your skin thank you, but you’ll be fashionable as well!
7. Keep a humidifier in your bedroom to balance the moisture levels in the air. Heat in the home can cause the air to be dry, hence drying out your skin. Using a humidifier will add moisture to the air and to your skin!
Don’t fret about winter…embrace it! Follow our tips to protect your skin from drying out and you will be able to tackle the winter effortlessly. Pass along this blog to everyone you know…we can all benefit from knowing how to take care of our skin in the winter!