Our only wish in 2020 is to have happy, healthy and moisturized skin. Cold weather can be harsh, from dry air and bad weather, so we are amping up our skincare routine to combat the worst winter days and sharing seven tips we swear by.
The first step to any routine is cleansing the face of dirt and bacteria. During the cold months it’s best to use a gentle foaming cleanser or a cleanser with moisturizing properties so it does not dry out your skin even more. A gentle foaming cleanser or a cleanser with moisturizing properties can help to keep your skin moisturized while still cleaning it.
Exfoliating is a great way to combat flaky or peeling skin. Use a gentle scrub, exfoliating cleanser or cleansing brush to exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, your exfoliating regime can range from once (sensitive skin) to three times a week (normal skin). After you exfoliate make sure you hydrate your skin with a nourishing moisturizer.
A thick moisturizer is essential during winter. Hyaluronic acid is becoming a common ingredient because it holds a lot of water and prevents moisture from leaving the skin. There are hundreds of moisturizers out there, but it is best to find one that works best for your skin. Recommended moisturizers during the winter months are Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Audree’s personal favorite is Vanicream, a Dermatologist recommended formula and it has helped her sensitive skin during winter.
No matter the time of year, sunscreen needs to be applied! It’s a surprise to most how much sun exposure skin receives even during gloomy months. Focus on finding moisturizers with SPF in it or a face specific sunscreens.
Face Mists & Masks
Face mists and masks are a step to give your skin extra love during the cold weather. Options are abundant, but during the winter, you want to search for those that moisturize, brighten, and calm your skin. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater is a team favorite!
Lip Scrub & Lipbalm
Like skin, lips get chapped during the winter. Like exfoliating the skin, lip scrubs get the dead skin off. After exfoliating, apply a thick balm to help seal the moisture in. Mary Kay Satin Lips lip mask and Mario Badescu Lip Balm are amazing!
Adjust Your Environment
During the cold winter months, the heat is on, and the air can get very dry. Invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the atmosphere. Avoid hot showers and baths, because hot water dries out the skin faster so make sure to drink extra water during the cold months.
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WRITTEN BY: ELLEN FEGLEY