How To Keep Skin Moisturized In Cold Weather

Skin Care
How To Keep Skin Moisturized In Cold Weather

When the weather gets colder you have many things to look forward to. Beautiful snowfalls, holiday parties, and a refreshing change in your wardrobe and hairstyle. Yet there's one thing that changes in the atmosphere that merits a shift in your skincare routine: moisture levels.

Cold air holds less moisture than warm air, which is the reason why we get chapped lips and dry skin in the winter months. How can you combat these cold weather skin woes and stay moisturized?

Switch to winter skin products to upgrade your hydration.

While light BB creams and a dash of SPF 30 facial lotion works for the summer, winter winds challenge your skin. Choosing the right products for the season will make all the difference.

For example, a high-quality night cream that locks in moisture before you sleep can help. Day creams that protect your skin from dry winds are also essential as a base for your makeup when getting ready for the day.

For an added boost, sheet masks are miracle workers at locking in moisture and revitalizing tired and dry skin. For some extra healing power, try snail or collagen masks that are designed specifically to moisturize your skin.

Don't over-exfoliate.

Exfoliation, when done periodically, is good for your skin. By removing the top dead layer of skin that's dull, you can enjoy the smooth and fresh skin underneath. However, overdoing this beauty routine in the winter can dry out your skin. If you're in doubt about how often is too often, ask your dermatologist or aesthetician.

Use humidifiers.

One of the main causes of chapped lips and dry patches on your skin is the lower humidity in the winter air. Using humidifiers to keep humidity levels high when you're at home can help alleviate the constant barrage of dryness you face at school and work.

Exercise & eat well.

When your skin is at its healthiest, your skincare routine will work better. Working out is one thing you can do to keep your skin healthy. Not only will it clean out your pores, but you will also have a smoother skin tone and have a more uniform complexion. In addition, according to WebMD, exercise increases the flow of nutrients and oxygen to your skin, resulting in an inward skin cleanse.

Consuming healthy foods that fight aging with free radicals also pairs well with the active lifestyle. By nurturing your skin internally, you can have the best skin on the outside. Healthy skin is more likely to look youthful and hydrated, so feeding your beauty from the inside is important.

Drink water.

Your body is over 70% water, so that means your skin needs a lot of it! Stay hydrated to keep your skin cells as plump as they can be. It's easy to not get enough water during the day when you're on the go, but try to get as close to the recommended 8 glasses a day as possible. You can also get water in the form of healthy foods like watermelon, clementines, and cucumbers.

Get a facial.

Sometimes getting extra help at the spa will help your skin survive the winter months. However, be careful not to get a facial if you have recently exfoliated your face at home. Space out your facials for when you truly need them in order to not overstimulate your skin, which can result in dryness.

Get a mani-pedi.

Not only does your face need a boost of hydration and luxury, but your hands and feet can start looking and feeling dry in the winter. Get a manicure or a luxury pedicure to restore smoothness to your hands and feet while sending intense hydration to them as well. The fresh coat of nail polish also doesn't hurt to add a bit of glamour to your look and boost your mood.

Use a bath bomb.

Showers may be quick and efficient, but baths can be truly relaxing. Also, taking a nice bath with a hydrating bath bomb can give you the boost of moisture your dry skin needs. Set a timer for 10 minutes and allow yourself to soak in the benefits of a moisturizing bath bomb to help restore your skin.

Get a full body scrub.

In the winter, your skin can feel tired and dry, especially by January. A full body scrub will remove the top dead skin layer of your body and then coat your skin with intense lotions for a supremely hydrating experience. You'll walk out feeling like new! Getting a light spray tan afterward can also ward off the blues of winter.

To find out more about our spa services and how to keep your skin fabulous all year long, contact us.