8 Mindful Tips To Show Your Skin Some Extra Love This Winter
Whether you’re a total skincare junkie or you’re just getting into the world of cleansers, moisturizers, and everything in between, there are so many amazing things to be learned about skincare all year round. However, winter can sometimes bring a bit of a shock to everyone’s skin, no matter how long you’ve been in the game. Here are just a few tips to help you bring a little extra love to your skin during the cold season.
This one is a bit of a no-brainer no matter what time of year it is, and no matter what your skin type is. Moisturizing your skin is always important, but it’s especially important when the air is dry and the winds are harsh. In cold winter weather, our skin can easily lose moisture or even overproduce oils that cause breakouts. You can easily avoid these problems with a bit of moisturizer!
Don’t forget lip balm
Speaking of moisturizer, using lip balm is another great way to show your skin a little bit of love. Remember, your lips are a part of your skin, so it’s important to make sure they stay moisturized, especially when it’s cold and dried out. Nobody wants cracked, chapped lips, so find a lip balm that works for you and keep it handy at all times.
Keep Wearing Sunscreen
You might be tempted to put the SPF away as soon as the season turns, but you should actually be making sure you’re keeping up with it consistently, regardless of the weather. You should use a sunscreen product with 30 SPF or higher any time you know you’ll be in the sun – even in the wintertime! You might think it feels silly, but the UV rays don’t discriminate, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Eat healthy fats
Eating healthy fats is a great way to nourish your skin, especially if you tend to eat a diet that is higher in carbs and proteins. Healthy fats protect your skin and give it a boost in elasticity, so this is an easy way to give your skin a bit of extra protection.
Lower your thermostat
Even though adding a little bit of extra heat might seem like it would be good for your skin, going too far overboard can actually cause more damage. Specifically, bringing your thermostat above 72 degrees in the wintertime can actually dry out your skin and make it more difficult to repair the damage.
Try keeping your thermostat between 68 and 72 for the best results on your skin. Even though this might not be the coziest option, you can find warmth and comfort in other things, like blankets and heating pads!
No hot showers
Hot showers feel fantastic when the weather outside is frightful, but unfortunately, hot water can also be extremely harsh and drying to the skin. Especially if you struggle with things like excess dryness, breakouts or sensitizing, cranking the heat all the way up in the shower might be against your best interest.
Instead, take reasonably warm showers without turning the heat all the way up. Your showers can still feel good, even if they aren’t scalding.
Avoid alcohol-based products
This is another tip that is useful year-round, but especially important during the colder months. Alcohol is one of the ingredients in skincare products that can dry your skin, so even if you have oily skin, you may notice that products with alcohol can make your face feel tight and dry.
Instead, try products with more natural ingredients and soothing formulas. Alcohol hides easily in products like toners and spritzes, so make sure you check the ingredients before you use a product.
Even though there’s debate on whether drinking water is enough to clear up your skin entirely, it is always important to drink enough water in order to hydrate your skin, as well as the rest of your body. This can help to prevent dryness, chapped lips, and blemishes that stick around. Try carrying a water bottle around with you all day to remind yourself to sip.
Showing your skin extra care
The winter can be a tough time for anyone’s skincare routine, so it’s important to be mindful and stay on top of it. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin or combination, taking up a few small practices like wearing sunscreen and lip balm can truly help you take the best care of your body’s largest organ. Which of these tips are you excited to start making a habit?
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