The weather is getting colder therefore everyone’s skin is getting drier. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and not being able to move your face because of how dry and flakey your skin is! Having combo skin I’ve also felt the wrath of the cold weather and have discovered some tips and tricks that have really helped my skin stay hydrated and glowy. Use one, two or all of these tips and I guarantee you’ll notice a difference in your skin.
Use A Facial Oil
Add a couple drops of facial oil into your moisturizer in the AM or PM, mix together and spread all over your face. This has been my go-to tip for the past month to give my skin extra hydration beyond a typical moisturizer. The one I’ve been using is the Tarte Maracuja Oil, but you can use any other facial oil such as rosehip, marula, avocado, jojoba and frankincense. Be sure to only use a couple drops or else you might go from dewy to greasy.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to try this out if you have oily skin! By adding oil to your skin it will actually balance out the oils on your skin and produce less of it overnight.
Shower with A Body Bar + Lukewarm Water
I discovered this about a month ago and have really noticed a difference once I get out the shower. While everyone loves to take hot showers, especially in the winter, it can actually dry out your skin and make it itchy. Towards the end of your shower, use lukewarm water and then maybe even cold water for the last 30 seconds. Using lukewarm/cold water ensures that your pores will close and contain all the products you just used on your skin.
Most people also use a body wash or shower gel that has fruity scents. While this may clean your skin, it doesn’t actually have any added benefits like a body bar does. I use the Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Bar and notice that my skin is so soft and smooth that I don’t even need to put on lotion afterwards. Not to mention it smells amazing!
TIP: Use a cream based body bar, this ensures that you’re not just cleaning your skin but putting moisture back into it.
Use A Facial Spray
Don’t get this mixed up with using a makeup setting spray. A skincare facial spray is great to putting on after your skincare routine at night or even after makeup for extra hydration. After spraying it I love using a Beauty Blender to push it into the skin. The one I’ve been loving is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. There’s also a rose water scented one which is the original and most popular.
TIP: You can also use this spray in the summer time! Place it in the fridge and spray on your face to cool down and to refresh yourself.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
With winter also comes dryness in the air. The build up of dry skin causes the skin all over your body (not just face) to look dull and rough. By exfoliating once or twice a week you’re getting rid of old skin cells to reveal new ones! A body scrub is great to use on your knees, elbows and other parts of the body that could use some extra love. Be sure not to over exfoliate or else you might cause your skin to become even more dry.
I personally love microdermabrasion scrubs because the exfoliants are more fine and really scrub away your dead skin. The Dr. Brant Microdermabrasion is my favourite because it smells amazing! However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option then The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Scrub is amazing as well.
I’m a huge face mask junkie and love to use them all year round. If you don’t have a skincare mist or facial oil, using a hydrating mask during the winter is a great way to give your skin the moisture it needs. I love to use the Farmacy Honey Potion Hydration Mask before I go to bed. This particular mask actually warms up on your face which is perfect to use in the winter. The next morning I’ll wake up glowing and not feeling dry at all.
Another mask I love is the Sephora Collection Gel Mask, when I use this I don’t even feel the need to put on moisturizer after because of how hydrated it makes the skin.
While this may seem like an obvious answer people often drink coffee, hot chocolate and other hot drinks during the winter to keep themselves warm that they forget to drink water. Water is so important to drink all year round, this ensures that you’ll be hydrated and your skin will thank you for it. You’ll also notice your lips will become less dry.
TIP: Sometimes the reason for dry skin might not even be the air from outside, but inside. By putting a humidifier in your room, it’ll return moisture back into the room and help your skin.
Is there a winter skin saving tip that I’m missing out on? Let me know in the comments!
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