Tell Ole Man Winter To Buzz Off With These Winter Skincare Tips
The blistering cold winds, the dryness, the itchy skin, and that is... Ole Man Winter setting in, and he can sure wreak havoc on our skin, but not any longer with these Winter skincare tips.
According to a recent study conducted by CeraVa, about 44% of people's Winter weather woes impact the skin. This time of year, not only does our skin feel dry, but it can also be flaky, itchy, and scaley at all the same time; it sounds kind of painful, doesn't it? Add that to many who unknowingly can make it worse by wearing the wrong clothes, taking a hot steamy shower, indoor heat, even something as simple as licking your lips, and you've created a snowball effect on your skin. But no worries, as you can fight Winter's wrath by implementing these winter skincare tips.
Dress Smart, Dress The Part
While Winter can have its pleasantries with ice-skating, fireplace gatherings, and seasonal fun, what it does not have is love for our skin! Hence you want to hide your precious skin from Ole Man Winter. When you're outside, you want to bundle up in Winter gear like hats, scarves, and gloves. Do not forget the warm cozy sweater; just make sure it is layered with a breathable cotton shirt underneath to avoid skin irritation from the sweater's materials.
Switch Out Your Gel Cleanser To A Luxurious Cream
Dry winter skin doesn't just come from the cold outdoors. It also comes from dry indoor heat that zaps the moisture from the air and your skin. Hence you want to swap out that gel cleanser for a richer, creamier cleanser. Cream cleansers are gentler on dry skin and have moisturizing ingredients built right in for long-lasting hydration and a smoother complexion.
Defend Your Skin With A Nourishing Moisturizer
Fend off cold-weather dryness and dehydration with a potent moisturizer; that utilizes a combination of shea butter, ginseng, hyaluronic acid, and other ceramides to rehydrate, soften, and improve moisture retention.
Ceramides and hyaluronic acid are a must to protect the skin's barrier, which is often broken down in the Winter. Using a nourishing day cream daily is a great way to directly affect the skin's outermost layer, counteracting the damage.
Slather On A Serum
Parched Winter skin needs a more in-depth approach, and a serum is here to the rescue. Compared to a moisturizer, that acts more on the surface of the skin. A serum has a lighter consistency with a smaller particle size, making it more efficient in penetrating deeper into the skin. The key is to look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid that nurture the delicate facial skin to perfection by optimally nourishing and replenishing the skin's own moisture.
Show Your Lips Some Love
As the weather gets colder and drier, the thin skin on the lips tends to dry out faster than the rest of our skin. Chapped lips, also known as cheilitis, is not only painful; it can also be unsightly. You see, unlike the rest of our skin on our body, the lips do not have any oil glands. When our precious pouts are exposed to environmental factors, like cold winds, dry indoor heat, makeup, even licking the lips, your lips will become dry, chapped, and sometimes even inflamed. See some ways to treat dry Winter lips below.
- A good rule of thumb is to keep lips moist throughout the day to prevent drying from occurring in the first place.
- Hydrate with a night lip repair cream.
- Exfoliate with a natural, sugar-based lip scrub.
- Use a humidifier
Give Your Eyes A Wink
Oh my, the skin around my eyes is the worst this time of year. Because this skin is thinner and more delicate than other parts of the body, it doesn't absorb moisture! It is also the first area to show dryness, especially from dehydration, which also ages you! Because of this, an eye cream is a must, and the intense moisturizing formula of Ginjo Moisturizing Eye Cream is here to free you from those Winter blues.
Get Smart And Savvy With Ingredients
The ingredients in your skincare are always a factor, but you need to be paying particular attention in the Winter!
Ingredients Your Winter Skin Will Love
Squalene: This is natural oil produced by the skin, but as we age, this production slows down. Hence having this ingredient is a must to lock moisture in the skin, helping your complexion appear more vibrant and healthier.
Shea Butter: This is a proven moisturizer that conditions and soothes dry Winter skin and seals in moisture. It supports skin elasticity, suppleness and nourishes the skin without clogging the pores.
Korean Ginseng: This natural skin balancer is a 'superfood' for all skin types. It contains high contents of polyphenols that possess minerals and antioxidants and can make the complexion look brighter, lighter, and more youthful. Ginseng's has natural anti-inflammatory properties that are amazing at calming irritations and other Winter skin conditions such as dry winter acne and psoriasis.
Ingredients Your Winter Skin Will Hate
- Stay away from products with a lot of alcohol in them as they can be very drying.
- Refrain from products that have synthetic fragrances. While they may smell pretty, they are not pretty for the skin.
- Stay away from products containing parabens, mineral oil, aluminum, phthalates, talc, oxybenzone, polyethylene glycol, to name a few.
Some Other Skincare Tips To Maximize Your Winter Hydration
- Don't over-exfoliate. The skin barrier is already comprised due to the cold, dry winter air; you don't want to intensive it.
- Avoid hot steamy showers as they can strip your skin of essential oils.
- To avoid over dryness, lower the thermostat to 68°F-72°F.
- Add foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil, avocado, and flaxseed oil.
- Add lemon to your water. Lemon is an excellent skin detox.
In conclusion, Winter weather can affect all skin types. But by being mindful of how you're treating your skin and adapting your skincare routine by implementing some of the tips above, you will help ease the skin discomforts that often come with the season.