Oh, sweet winter. The snow, the over-sized sweaters, the flannels stolen from your boyfriend that no, he will not be getting back. Winter is, in many respects, the most wonderful time of the year. However, there is one aspect of the winter season that we all deplore, the notorious winter skin. Cold temperatures and dry conditions lead to a plethora of skin conditions including redness, dry patches, discoloration, and chapped lips, all of which hinder me from developing that perfect “I just got off the ski slopes in Switzerland” look. Well, this winter, do not let the weather get you down! Below are five skin care tips that are sure to help you go from sullen to snatched in no time!
#1 Incorporate Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Skincare Routine
As someone with a combination skin type and skin so sensitive that it will break out if you look at it the wrong way, finding a way to ensure that my skin stays hydrated throughout the winter months is often rather difficult. This past year, however, I began incorporating serums with Hyaluronic Acid into my routine, and I must say, I am a fan. Check out this serum if you want to see the benefits of adding hyaluronic acid into your skincare regimen!
#2 Mask, Mask, Mask
While masks may be great for any time of year, incorporating a hydrating mask into your winter skincare routine is always a good idea! Here’s a quick and easy at-home mask that will help to boost hydration in the winter months:
- 1 Avocado
- 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil
- 3 drops of Vitamin C oil
- Mix together until the mask reaches a guacamole-like consistency then apply to face for 10-15 minutes.
#3 Lip Balm All Day Long
Chapped lips are both not cute and painful, meaning that it is crucial to invest in a winter lip balm. I, personally, am a huge fan of Glossier’s Balm Dot Com in the flavor Birthday Cake (for obvious reasons). Make sure to keep your lips hydrated throughout the day and then consider incorporating a lip mask into your night time skincare routine.
#4 Get Glowin’ with Vitamin C
Vitamin C Serums are VITAL in preventing dull, winter skin. Vitamin C helps to promote that no-makeup, glowing from within look of those people with annoyingly good genes. I currently use the Glossier Super Glow Serumand have also heard good things about Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum and Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. Before you invest, I would recommend reading product reviews. Sephora’s website has a nifty feature that allows you to read reviews from people with your skin type/skin concerns, which I find very useful when trying to pick out a new product.
#5 MOISTURIZE (the most important tip of all)
EVERYONE SHOULD BE USING MOISTURIZER IN THE WINTER TIME. Tell your friends, your partner, your family, your acquaintances that you have only really spoken to once or twice but might be interested in getting to know better, your enemies, tell everyone. Moisturizer is the best and often the most complex way to prevent many of the skin conditions associated with winter weather. Below are some tips for navigating the complicated world of moisturizer:
- Look for moisturizers that work for your skin type (i.e. if you have very dry skin, look for a thicker moisturizer or if you have very oily skin, try out a gel moisturizer)
- Do not forego moisturizer just because you have oily or combination skin (if there is anything that I have learned from watching YouTube skin care tutorials, it is that people with oily skin should not be afraid of a little moisture.)
- Read the Reviews (I know that I have said this before, but it is so important that I have no problem repeating myself. Read the reviews, girl. )
Additionally, let it be known that you should be moisturizing all of your body and not just your face and neck during the winter time. Argan oil is a wonderful, natural moisturizer that you can use right after you pop out of the shower. With your skin still damp, apply it all over, and your skin will soak it right up!
So, there you go! I hope these skincare tips help you out this winter. And, remember, above all else, to moisturize.
~Written by our lovely Contributor, Hayley Drudrogan
CEO & Founder of Babes, Books & Bordeaux || sushi addict || crazy plant lady & dog-mom