Many complain about having cracked and dry skin during the winter months, but that doesn’t necessarily need to be the case for you. Skincare veteran Reneé Rouleau breaks down six tips to keep your skin aglow this winter.
1. Use the right moisturizer and don’t over-moisturize
Buy the right moisturizer for your skin type. If you are acne-prone, try an oil-free skin serum followed by oil-free moisturizer. If you have dry skin, look for a moisturizer that contains safflower oil, soybean oil, sweet almond oil, squalane, cranberry oil, carrot oil, sunflower oil, linoleic acid, ceramides, rosehip oil, tocopheryl linoleate, shea butter, phospholipids, or evening primrose oil. Don’t overmoisturize; your skin is a sponge, and using extra cream can clog your pores.
2. Seal moisturizer within one minute of use
After you clean your skin and it is still damp, you have a one-minute window for applying moisturizer. This window is crucial to properly sealing in moisture and preventing dry, flaky skin. Don’t dry your skin after cleansing because the air will pull more water out, leaving you with dehydrated skin.
3. Use lip balm to hydrate your lips
Licking your lips only provides temporary moisture, and cold winter air can dry out your lips and leave them cracked. Stick with using a conditioning lip balm every day. Exfoliate your lips to get rid of dry, flaky skin and apply moisturizing lip balm.
4. Don’t stick to your traditional skin care routine
Keeping up with your regular skin care routine may not keep your skin healthy through severe drops in the temperature. Not only can the cold affect your skin, but it can even affect the products you use for skin care. Some changes you can make include:
Using gentle cleansing lotion instead of foaming face wash
Adding a serum underneath moisturizer
Adjusting to soothing, anti-redness, and barrier repair products
5. Remember to exfoliate
Considering the cold air that’s always present during the winter season, you may want to add exfoliation to your daily skin-care routine. Exfoliation can help get rid of the dry, flaky skin that can bother you throughout the day. Try using a gentle, alcohol-free glycolic or lactic acid serum before applying your night cream a couple nights each week before going to bed.
6. Continue to apply sunscreen
Many believe you can stop applying sunscreen when summer is over, but that isn’t the case. In most cases, the UV rays your skin is exposed to during the winter months is almost as strong as it is during summer months. Continue to apply sunscreen during this time period to keep your skin healthy and help prevent early lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging.
Read “Keep Your Skin Healthy & Glowing All Winter Long,” to view the full slideshow of tips.