While here in Beverly Hills winters offer the locals an excuse to pull out the sweater or throw on a jacket, the rest of the country is not as fortunate. Blistering cold and dry weather causes skin to become chapped, cracked or flaky, red, and irritated. Dry skin not only feels uncomfortable, but it also magnifies skin imperfections including fine lines and wrinkles.
Fortunately, you can fight dry winter skin and emerge with a glowing complexion! Just as we switch our clothing wardrobes to fit the cold season, it’s also time to update our skin wardrobes to prevent our skin from losing its luster. Follow these simple 5 tips to overcome the annual skin challenge and enjoy glowing skin this season.
5 Tips to Fight Dry Winter Skin
1. Hype up the humidity. The combination of indoor heating and dry external air greatly reduces the humidity our skin needs. An inexpensive a humidifier is a great way to keep moisture in both the air and your skin. Alternatively you can place a wet towel or a bowl of water by radiator which will allow the moisture to diffuse into the air.
2. Winterize your skin care regimen. Bring on the hydrating boost to compensate for the moisture that winter strips away! Switch to a nourishing oil-based cleanser and apply a hydrating face oil before applying moisturizer in the morning and night. Opt for an oil rich in essential fatty acids-omega 3, 6 and 9, which prevent dryness and reduce inflammation, making it ideal for winter-induced sensitive and dry skin. Always moisturize within a few minutes after washing your face or bathing to dramatically improve absorption and trap the moisture in your skin.
Layering on moisture throughout the day with a face oil will help build winter-strength, supple, hydrated, happy skin. Keep some in your makeup bag and pat over makeup for a refreshed, dewy look.
3. Use an overnight sleep mask Blustery weather dehydrates and dulls the skin, making skin look older and weathered. The winter is the opportune time to introduce your skin to an overnight facial mask that hydrates and nourishes throughout the night, facilitating the growth of healthy, new skin cells. Omega Overnight Mask is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 allowing your skin to drink up moisture and wake up with plumper smoother skin.
4. Don’t skimp on sunscreen. If there is enough light outside to read the newspaper, there are enough ultraviolet rays that contribute to wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer — even in winter (especially when the sun’s rays hit you from above and below reflecting off the snow). Apply a moisturizing sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 about half an hour before going out.
5. Minimize long hot soaks and steams. As tempting as a long, hot bath or shower may seem, consider that extended exposure to hot water and steam can strip skin’s natural oils, drying out skin all over including your face. Warm, short showers are more beneficial to skin in the winter as they are less drying.
If skin is already itchy or flaking, add a bit of oatmeal or baking soda to your bathwater for some quick, all-natural relief.