By Megan Schwarz.
Seed to Serum
Beautiful snow covered trees and decadent pumpkin lattes go hand in hand with dry skin, red noses, and chapped lips. While a humidifier in your bedroom at night will work wonders to prevent winter-induced dehydration, there are also a few tweaks that you can make to your beauty routine that will leave you glowing and radiant on even the coldest days!
No. 1: Ditch Your Drying Cleanser
A simple swap of your summer cleanser for something a little more nourishing will go a long way to preventing flaky, dry skin. Proper cleansing is the foundation of any successful beauty ritual. And though the main goal is to remove dulling, pore-clogging residue, it’s also vital to avoid stripping the skin of its protective lipid layer. That squeaky clean feel is a sign that you’ve gone too far and could lead to increased redness, irritation, and infection. So ditch the soap in favor of something a little silkier. Cleansing balms and oils are wonderful options when the temperature drops!
No. 2: Mist Skin With Abandon
If dry skin has you down, it’s time to stop avoiding hydrating mists. A mist can add much needed moisture throughout your beauty routine. Try spritzing before applying serums, after applying serums, and throughout the day when skin starts feeling tight and itchy. Seek out formulas with hydrating elements, including oils, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid and avoid over-priced water sprays at the drugstore. Mists that are comprised of water alone actually lead to greater dehydration by pulling water from the skin as they evaporate.
No. 3: Up The Ante With Your Daily Moisturizer
Winter is not the time to skimp on moisture! Though it may seem counterintuitive, drying out your delicate complexion can exacerbate conditions like acne. Don’t be afraid to trade in your lighter moisturizers for richer creams and balms. Seek out hydrating oils, like avocado, pomegranate, and rosehip, and nourishing butters, like shea and mango. Applying ample moisture day and night is key to enjoying a flake-free winter!
No. 4: Consider Layering Facial Oil Over Moisturizer
While it may seem decadent, try patting 3-4 drops of your favorite facial oil onto your cheeks, nose, and forehead after applying your moisturizer. Facial oils seal in the hydrating benefits of your moisturizer and prevent essential water from evaporating from the skin. More importantly, oils impart a lit-from-within radiance. If you’ve shunned oils in the past, there is no better time than winter to give them a chance!
No. 5: Don’t Forget Delicate Eyes and Lips
You may begin to notice that the area around your eyes is starting to feel dry and crepey and that your lips are starting to crack. Fear not, there are plenty of hydrating remedies available to you. Seek out ultra-comforting, cushy balms for both your eyes and lips!