Last winter was so mild in Tennessee, it was more or less an extended Spring. After this past week of chilling temperatures in the twenties and low thirties (that is COLD to us in the south!), winter is most certainly upon us. The long pea coats have been pulled out of the closets, gloves are on every hand, and of course, scarves add the finishing touch of warmth.
I’ve seen a lot of blog posts lately about winterizing your skin. Some of them I’ve found to be helpful; others I find to be a little pushy. Everyone’s skin is so drastically different that what works for one person, may not be the best course for another. Therefore, this post will focus more on the how than the product — because you ultimately have to find the products that work for you, but your products are not the only factors to consider.
Most Important Things to Consider for Winter Skincare:
1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You might think since you sweat less in the chilly temps you need less water intake. FALSE. Drinking plenty of water in the winter is equally as important as in the warmer months. Properly hydrated skin is more elastic and has a healthy, natural glow, naturally (note I referenced natural twice!).
2) Shower Time. No, I’m not referring to your shower routine — that’s personal! I’m simply referring to the products you use in the shower. The products you put in your hair and on your body will have an impact on your day. Make sure you choose a shampoo/conditioner combo that is right for your hair type (hydrating, color-care, etc.). You should do the same with your body products. If you prefer soap to body wash, try to find a natural soap that has a moisturizing component. If you prefer body wash, again, stick to something with a label you can understand. My personal favorite is the Aveeno line as I have extra dry skin and the oatmeal washes do wonders for me.
3) Toweling. Have you ever noticed in the hair salon they pat your hair dry with the towel? Those hair people know what they are doing! Why would you not do the same with your skin after you shower? By patting your skin dry with the towel your skin will still retain enough moisture from the water to better absorb the next step. Note: Be sure to turn your heater up a degree or two because there is nothing worse then goosebumps after that nice, warm shower!
4) Moisturize! This list is in no ranked order. If it were, this one would likely be number 1. I don’t think I can stress the importance of moisturizing, immediately after drying off. The warmth of the shower water expands your pores, and moisturizing while your skin is still damp and warm will maximize the moisture that your skin will absorb and retain throughout the day. Make sure you pick a product for your skin type. The last headache you need during is day is whether or not you have to re-moisturize on your lunch break. You know you have more important things to do! My go-to moisturizer in the winter is Eucerin (body) and Cetaphil (face) as the properties tend to last the longest for me, personally. (Some people find Eucerin too greasy, but there are non-greasy options, FYI) My moisturizer in the summer is slightly different, and it’s OK (even preferred) to have different ones for the seasons!
As you can see, I’m a big proponent of skin care. Skin is the first thing people notice when they interact with you, so you should want to keep it looking its best. Winter can be a challenge, but face it head on and with a few simple steps, you can always have fabulous skin!
How do you keep your skin looking healthy and fabulous during this time of year?