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Plummeting temperatures and blustering winds can take a toll on your skin and may not leave you looking or feeling your best. Taking the extra time to pamper yourself beyond just your every day moisturizing can really pay off. Here are my top tips for how to keep your skin fresh and glowing this winter.
Nourish from the inside.
Combat a dull complexion by not only changing what you put on your body, but what you put in it.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day and make sure to increase this if you’re hitting up your favorite spin studio for a sweat sesh.
Add Omega 3s to your diet. Foods with healthy fats like salmon, walnuts, and avocado help to revitalize hair and skin.
Consume water-filled foods. Having trouble getting in your H2O by the glass? Try snacking on things like watermelon, celery, and cucumber to get in your 64oz another way.
Revise your routine.
Your skin behaves differently in the colder months and your product regimen should reflect that.
Avoid alcohol-based products, as well as other harsh irritants that can strip the skin of natural moisture. Instead, reach for cream-based cleansers and emollient facial lotions.
Use a hydrating serum a few times a week to give your face the extra care it needs. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid or rosehip oil, which help to balance the skin and lock in moisture.
Moisturize on the go! A travel-sized face mist is your best friend. Ingredients like rosewater, aloe and hyaluronic acid will lock moisture any time of day.
Get some beauty rest.
Treat damaged skin overnight to wake up looking healthy and hydrated.
Invest in a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air can not only help to kick a cough, but it can also soothe scaly skin. Want to kick it up a notch? Add a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil to soothe any irritation or dryness.
Explore the world of sleep masks. Before bed, and preferably after lightly exfoliating in the shower, apply an overnight face mask aimed at dry skin. DIY lover? Break up a capsule of Vitamin E in some aloe vera gel for a homemade helper.
Switch up your sudsing.
Showers are a time to refresh and relax, but they can take a toll on your body if you're not careful.
Take warm showers, not hot. Although the cold weather may tempt you, scalding water instantly dries you out.
Try a milk bath. Adding this refrigerator staple to a warm tub can do wonders for parched skin by surrounding it with lactic acid, a natural exfoliant, and a hydrator.
Oil-based body washes are your best friend. Brands like Glossier make luxurious cleansers that leave a hydrating barrier on your skin after rinsing away. This will help to protect skin even when you have no time to moisturize.
Watch your mouth.
Your everyday lip balm just doesn't cut it sometimes. Try another approach to keeping your pucker quenched.
Don't lick your lips. While some believe this can help combat chap, in reality, it just makes it worse! Kick the habit, everyone!
Before bed, gently rub a clean toothbrush in a circular motion on lips to slough off the dry outer layer. Smear on a healthy dose of your favorite lip balm to ensure that your lips stay supple.
Collagen, collagen, collagen! While collagen serums have been on the up and up in the beauty world lately, not enough people have been talking about formulations for your lips! Algenist makes a great one that’s easy to pop on before bed or during your day.
Have winter skin tips of your own? Comment down below!