Winter Skincare Do’s and Don’ts

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Winter – loved by the mind, but hated by the skin. When the weather gets cold, the percentage of moisture in our environment reduces and there is of course the wind, who blows all of the remaining moisture away from our skin. Not to mention the central heating in our homes. Now, when cold and dry weather comes, the keratinocytes (skin cells) lose their water and leave our skin sore. Our skin becomes itchy and much more sensitive to all the damages from the outside. Basically you see that, using just moisturizer, just isn’t enough. Here are some of the things you should be doing and some of the things you definitely shouldn’t be doing during winter.

Do

Switch up some of your skincare products

  • If you were using strong body wash products during summer (when you were fighting with all that sweat), switch to lighter, moisturizing ones.
  • Have you ever heard about the vitamin C serum? This serum is CRUCIAL for skin vitality since it helps your skin to renew collagen which was lost faster during coldness. It reduces wrinkles and rejuvenates your skin
  • Use alcohol free products which have a high concentration of hyaluronic acids in them for the recovery

Use air humidifier

The best way to save your skin from damage is to have home with a healthy level of humidity in it. When your heating is on, the humidity level drops to 10% or less. That is exactly how chapped lips and hands appear. Humidifiers keep the necessary moisture in the air and help your skin health.

Moisturize

Moisturizers protect our skin from all the rough elements in the air. As our clothes get heavier, so should our moisturizers. During summer, we use water-based lotions, but oil-based ones are for the winter. Before applying it, use a toner which is alcohol-free to hydrate your skin. Reapply the moisturizer at least 3 times a day.

Use SPF

People often don’t realize that the UV radiation during winter is almost the same as it is during summer. It has nothing to do with the warmth. This radiation damages your skin big time, but during winter you just don’t notice it. Make sure that you cover all your exposed places (face, neck, hands) with sunscreen that has at least SPF 30.

Hydrate

Make sure that you are always hydrated. An average person needs approximately 8 glasses of water a day in order to function properly. Water helps your digestion and your brain to function and of course, your skin to look its best.

Take care of your hands as well

Eczema and brittle nails aren’t a nice thing to see, right? In order to avoid this from happening, make sure that your hands are covered with a thick layer of hand cream and pampered with a nice and stylish pair of gloves.

Don’t

Have long, hot showers

Yes, jumping in a hot shower after a cold day, feel just as good as jumping into a cold shower after a summer morning jog. One of these two is great for your body, and the other one is terrible. Can you guess which is which? Let’s put it this way: you know what happens to a chicken when you put it in a hot water? It becomes your lunch. You need to understand that hot water strips all the natural elements from our skin and makes it even dryer than it already is. Instead of steaming your entire bathroom and feigning that you are taking a shower in the deepest depths of hell with the devil himself, switch to a pleasant lukewarm water. You will get used to it eventually.

Cover your dry skin with just makeup itself

You MUST exofilate your skin before applying makeup on it. If you skip exofilation, the makeup you put on will make your skin look flaky and blotchy, and we don’t want that. Every little crack you have will be 10 times more visible. To exofilate quickly, simply gently rub a drenched washcloth over the dry area. After that use a moisturizer and primer and then put on your makeup.

Forget about your lips

Lips are skin too, you know? And did you know that UV lights can damage your lips as well as your face, back or any other body part? Make sure that you always carry a lip balm or a lip block in your purse and on your lips, which has a high amount of SPF in it.

Remember, take care of your body – it is the only place you have to live in.

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