I don’t know about you, but the cold and dry winter weather has done a number on my skin. I’ve woken up with so many dry, flaky patches and my lips are constantly chapped. To say the least, it’s not a good look (and it’s not comfortable either). To combat this “winter skin” I’ve brought out the big guns - thick products full of moisturizing agents - and tried to be extra diligent about taking care of my skin. Thankfully, it’s made a big difference and I feel like my skin is coming back to life. Here are my favorite tips - which aren’t all about buying new products by the way. There are lots of ways to take care of your skin that don’t involve any extra $.
Use lots of moisturizer. Make sure you slather it on morning and night, and use a thick layer. Also reach for products that don’t have a lot of added fragrance or other facial irritants. Even if your skin isn’t normally sensitive, gentler products will soothe your winter skin a lot better - excessive dryness breaks down your moisture barrier, so you don’t want to risk irritating it further. I’m currently using the Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer at night (it really makes my skin dewy!) and Embryolisse in the morning (it’s great under makeup, it makes everything apply smoothly and doesn’t feel greasy).
Skip physical exfoliators. Your skin is already chapped, you don’t want to cut it up further with scrubs. Instead, look for chemical exfoliants. These will help repair your skin without tearing it up. If you need one, I love Prism by Herbivore, and I’ve heard great things about Glossier Solution. The Prism makes my skin look more even, and I feel like my other products apply a lot smoother. Plus it’s never irritated my skin, which is rare.
Use masks to provide extra TLC. Moisturizing masks are a great way to add some extra hydration, and detox masks can help combat pimples so you don’t have to reach for harsh anti-astringents. My favorite detox mask is Glossier Galaxy Greens (it’s really good at eliminating pimples when you can tell they are coming but haven’t sprouted yet), and I’ve heard great things about the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. I’ll actually be picking it up once I’ve used up my stash of product samples!
Drink lots of water and get sleep!
Apply lip balm before you go to sleep, and as often as you can throughout the day. I keep mine next to me so I can keep reapplying after I eat or drink. If you need a new lip balm the best one I’ve ever used is Dr. Lipp.
Use a lip scrub so that the lip balm penetrates your skin and doesn’t just flake off with your dry skin. You can use a slightly damp toothbrush or a face cloth. Apply lip balm, and then gently rub the toothbrush or wash cloth in small circles for about two minutes. You can also use a lip scrub, like this one French Girl Lip Polish.
The skin on my body gets the driest - I call it the cities and it plagues me all year round, but especially in the winter. Anyone else? One thing that helps a lot is to put on yoga pants immediately after I get out of the shower/bath. I read it holds in moisture and I’ve noticed a big difference.
Always apply moisturizer when you get out of the shower/tub. Personally, the only one I will use is Burt’s Bees with Aloe and Buttermilk. It’s the only moisturizer that doesn’t make my keratosis pilaris worse, and it soothes my dry legs in winter. I think any product makes a difference if you don’t have sensitivities though, there are so many good inexpensive ones out there like Eucerin; just make sure there aren’t a lot of added fragrances, it can cause extra irritation which is the last thing you want.
Use a scrub with essential oils to slough off dead skin so the moisturizer can get through and repair your skin. I always pick up a small container at whole foods.
Try and take less hot baths and showers. To be honest, I never manage to do this my self because a steaming how shower is one of my favorite things in the whole world, but I’m sure it would help if I did!
Do you have any tips for winter skin?