8 Winter Skin Care Tips ...

With the winter well under way, I thought a great way to kick off the start of the season is with some fabulous winter skin care tips! We might not always realize it, but with each season comes changes in the weather that can affect the condition of our skin. Let’s start this season with some helpful winter skin care tips so your skin gets the extra TLC it needs during the colder months ahead!

1. Swap Formulas

During the season of low temperature and windy weather, our skin can actually get damaged by the ravages of the environment. We lose moisture and the outer layer of our skin can be stripped, causing itchy, dry skin. One of the ways to fight the cold air is to change the formula of your skin care products. If you use a foam cleanser, switch to a cream or gel cleanser. Also, skin care products that come in a jar are typically thicker, which is ideal for soothing dry, winter skin!

2. Moisturize Air

One of the best things you can do to combat the dry air is to use a humidifier. Humidifiers aren’t just for when you’re sick, they can be a big skin care help when you’re experiencing dull, dry skin. Humidifiers emit water into the air and can help several different conditions, such as dry eyes, dry skin, sinus congestion, eczema and cracked lips. If you're low on cash, you can create your own humidifier by boiling water and placing it in a small room or spraying your curtains with water.

3. Hydrate Hands

The skin on our hands is thinner than other parts of our body so it usually shows the signs of damage and aging more. Protect your hands from sun damage and dry skin by regularly applying sunscreen and a thick moisturizer, especially after washing hands. No matter how dreary it is outside, our skin needs sun protection, so don’t skimp on sunblock! Don’t forget to don your gloves outside and while you do your chores for extra protection, too!

4. Exfoliate

I know you’ve heard this skin care tip a gazillion times but it really is that important to maintaining healthy skin. Exfoliating your skin might sound like punishment when it's cold and dry. But using a gentle scrub can do wonders for your skin and help get rid of old, dead skin cells that make skin look dull. Exfoliate your face, body and feet because they can all benefit from a good scrub!

5. Shun Soaps

What’s the worst thing for dry skin besides dry air-soap! Yeah, we want to be squeaky clean but using a harsh soap during the cold winter is a recipe for a dry skin debacle! Use unscented, gentle cleansers when you shower and keep the water warm to lukewarm. I know it’s cold outside and a hot shower feels amazing, but your skin will be left dry and thirsty as a result.

6. Don’t Be Picky

When your dry skin starts to peel, do your skin a favor and don’t pick at it! It doesn’t matter if you have dry cuticles, lips or feet, just leave it be. Picking at your skin doesn’t help it to repair itself faster and you could be doing more damage by messing with it. Get in a good routine of exfoliating and moisturizing and hydrating your body with water, and you should no longer have the need to get picky!

7. Supplement

While you’re getting busy with your winter skin care routine, don’t forget to supplement! Vitamins A, B and C are all essential to rebuild collagen and strengthen your skin. If you’re forgetful with vitamins, you can always take a multi-vitamin and load up on super skin snacks like nuts and berries for Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants!

8. Bundle up

Wearing layers of clothes and bundling up might not seem like something your skin benefits from, but it does! Keeping your skin covered up and protected shields it from the cold air, drying heaters and wind. Scarves, clothes, gloves and hats also create barriers between your skin and the environment, so don’t be afraid to bundle up!

Winter skin care can be simple and easy breezy with these winter skin care tips. We can make little lifestyle changes and switch skin care formulas to make huge changes in the way our skin looks and feels. Do you have any special skin care tips for the wintertime? How does your skin care routine change in the winter?