Maintaining glowing, healthy skin in the fall and winter can be a struggle for many of us. As the air gets colder and drier, our skin takes a beating. It loses moisture, which causes it to appear dull, rough, and tight. And to make matters worse, if dry skin is left untreated and uncared for, it can cause cracking, bleeding, and serious pain.
But cooler weather doesn’t mean you need to settle for dull or dry skin. If you want glowing skin all through a harsh winter, there are a few steps that you can take to get and keep you there.
Shower and Wash Your Face in Lukewarm Water
Hot water can dehydrate and cause additional damage to our skin. While it may be tempting to jump in a warm shower after spending time in the cold outdoors, you shouldn’t make it a habit if you want healthy and happy looking skin.
To keep what is left of your natural oils on your skin, choose to wash in lukewarm water instead.
Moisturize Immediately After Washing
Anytime you wash your face, body, or hands, you’re removing the natural oils that lie on the surface. When those oils are stripped away, your skin may feel tight and dry, particularly during the winter when moisture levels in the air are low.
Fall into a routine of moisturizing immediately after washing up. Keep hand lotion, body lotion, or face lotion in the bathroom or near your kitchen sink.
Oils can be one of the most hydrating options after a shower, specifically jojoba oil, coconut oil, or Moroccan oil. As a multi-purpose hydrating product, you can leave a bottle of the oil right in your shower to use before you get out. Simply use your towel to remove the excess water and then cover any dry areas with your favorite oil.
Keeping moisture locked in the surface of your skin isn’t the only way to keep skin glowing and healthy. You should also focus on keeping your body hydrated by drinking enough water.
You should aim to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day. If you exercise frequently, you may need more water. Focus on drinking one eight-ounce glass every hour and you will be properly hydrated. Set up a reminder app on your phone or computer with reminders to drink water at the top of every hour.
Drinking enough water helps your skin to glow from the inside out. With the right amount of hydration in your skin cells, your moisturizers and lotions will go further.
Take Advantage of Night Creams
Night creams are heavier lotions that are too thick to wear as a daytime moisturizer, but at night, they’re perfect for really sinking in and replenishing the moisture you lost during the day.
Specific night creams are made for your face, your hands, feet, and the rest of your body. Select a cream that fits your specific needs and apply it religiously before bed. In the morning, you’ll wake up with heathy, hydrated, skin.
You’ll find a number of night creams at the drugstore, each that can provide you with some hydrating benefits. If you are a fan of do-it-yourself recipes, you can make your own night cream by mixing raw shea butter with a teaspoon of coconut oil, two teaspoons of almond oil, and a teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
Use a Hydrating Mask
Masks are a great way to give our skin a full serving of moisture, nutrients, and vitamins. Masks can also be relaxing and help you wind down from a long day.
Hydrating masks can come in many different forms, each with a different set of core ingredients. If you’re looking to make a purchase, hydrating masks can be found in the skincare aisle of your local department store. Bentonite clay masks are an affordable option and work for just about any skin type.
You also have the option of making your own hydrating masks, usually with items you already have lying around the kitchen. If you have dry skin but are also acne prone, simple manuka honey masks can help improve moisture and reduce breakouts. Aloe vera gel is another great product for moisturizing that can be added with other ingredients, like cucumber or coconut oil, to provide even more benefits.
Get Rid of Dead Skin
Exfoliation is the best way to get rid of dead skin that can build up when your skin is dry. Because the skin dies when it gets too dry, you will want to remove that layer of skin to reveal what is underneath. However, certain scrubs can be even more damaging to the delicate skin on your face, so be certain that an exfoliation product is intended for use on the face.
The use of AHA or BHA products can help to exfoliate away dead skin and reveal beautiful, glowing skin underneath. AHA products include those with glycolic acid and lactic acid. BHA products include salicylic acid. Each can be found in drug store products.
For more serious exfoliation, or if you feel like you want a fresh start, a professional chemical peel can help to remove your dead skin cells during the winter. While chemical peels are a serious decision to make, you will be left with beautiful, radiant skin once the recovery time is over.
Take Your Vitamins
There are a number of vitamins and supplements that support skin health and radiance. Try to make Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Biotin and Collagen part of your daily routine. Adding collagen powder to a glass of orange juice, for example, is an excellent way to get your Vitamin C and collagen at once.
When moving into the winter months, take proper care of your skin. As your body’s largest organ, your skin can reflect your health. With the right winter skin care routine, you can maintain glowing, beautiful, and healthy skin all year round.
Each individual will have different winter skin care needs. While moisture is a problem just about everyone will face, pay attention to what your skin is trying to tell you and what it may be crying out for. Remember, products do not work the same way for each individual, so find the options you love and stick with them throughout the winter. For some more ways to get beautiful skin naturally (and save cash!), check out these eight ways you can do it yourself!