Skin Care Tips to Get You Through the Winter
Moving to Maine was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Unfortunately, it was even harder on my skin. One whiff of cold air and my skin would flake like a vampire in the sun. Battling the harsh northern cold for a few months now, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on combatting dry skin. Here are a few tips/ tricks that are getting me and my vampire skin through the winter:
1.) Don’t Skip Your Skincare Routine.
Yes, the nights are longer and never ending but that is no excuse to slack off on your skin. Just like brushing your teeth, taking your make up off at night and cleansing your skin should be second nature. The daily basics: Cleanse, tone, and moisturize.
Find yourself a nice gentle cleanser. Soap and water always works best for me, none of those wipes that claim to get a deep down clean. For me, nothing beats old fashioned facial soap and water.
Second, get a good alcohol-free toner. Toner helps clean things that soap leaves behind, like pesky mascara and waterproof eyeliner. It also helps to close pores.
Lastly, moisturize! Find a nice non-comedogenic facial lotion. (That’s a key term: it means it doesn’t block pores. Keep that in mind when purchasing cleansers and even makeup)
2.) Change Your Soap.
Your body has different needs in the winter. Using the same soap just isn’t going to cut it. I have separate soap for winter than summer for both my face and my body.
For my face, I found using a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil (oily to normal) helps keep some of my natural oils on my face.
For my body, I found this amazing body soap while housesitting. Now, it’s the only thing I use in the winter. It’s Dove Snow Blossom. It’s so moisturizing than the regular Dove body wash. I’ve only found it in certain stores, but its well worth the manhunt.
3.) Change Your Temperature.
I know there is nothing better than a hot shower on a cold snowy day. I’m guilty of it myself sometimes. But, hot showers could be the culprit drying out your skin. A change I’ve made is taking warm showers and even lowering the temperature further when washing my face.
4.) Avoid Alcohol.
Not just the glass of wine after a long day—but alcohol in your makeup. Alcohol dries out your skin, stripping it of its natural oils. Making this change has given me much better skin.
These are just a few ways you can help your skin this winter season. When it comes to skin, there are all different types and all different needs. Unfortunately, its all about trial and error. This is what I've found works for me, so far.
Be sure to tell me what tips you’ve developed!
© 2017 Sheena Hutchinson