‘Tis the season for cracked skin and chapped lips…but it doesn’t have to be! Cold temperatures and blowing winds can wreak havoc on skin in the winter, but a few common sense adjustments to your daily routine can make a world of difference. Here are our favorite winter skin care tips to keep skin soft, smooth, and glowing during the harsh months ahead.
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Winter Skin Care Tips
1. Continue using sunscreen!
No matter the season, the sun is always out. Always protect yourself from skin cancer by using a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Don't forget to apply generously to neck and hands, too! Here are a few great options with an SPF of 30 (or more), which is what dermatologists recommend:
2. Keep Skin Hydrated
We repeat this mantra constantly because it’s so vital to good health, but you need to stay hydrated. It’s easy to remember to drink the water your body craves during summer months when you’re hot and perspiring, but you still need 8 – 10 glasses per day when it’s cold. Water helps flush the toxins from your body that cause many skin issues.
3. Switch to a Heavy-Duty Moisturizer
The lightweight moisturizer you use during summer months won’t cut it when it's cold out — especially if you have dry skin. Switch to a thicker moisturizer or cream to protect skin from winter weather and to prevent makeup from looking caked on and unnatural.
Moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid are your best bet for holding on to water and plumping skin. The acid acts as a natural sponge and absorbs water into dry skin. A single gram of hyaluronic acid can hold as much as six liters of water*. It's about as close to a miracle skin product as you can get!
Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Skin Deva is an inexpensive option (less than $15). It's vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the U.S. If you order through an Amazon Prime or Amazon Prime Student Account you'll receive it in 2 days or less! Another fantastic option is Paula's Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster.
Even if your skin is naturally oily, you still need to moisturize it during the winter season! If skin gets too dry, it may overcompensate and produce more oil. If you suffer from oily skin year-round, try Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing GEL. The gel formula helps moisturize skin without adding oil to it.
♡ Beauty Blogger Top Recommended Winter Moisturizer [dry skin]: Cera Ve Skin Renewing Night Cream
♡ Beauty Blogger Top Recommended Winter Moisturizer [oily skin]: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
4. Use Appropriate Makeup Products
Moisturizers aren't the only products that need to be switched out during the winter months! You also need to make sure you're using the right makeup. If you like using mineral foundation you may want to rethink that choice in January when the air is dry. Powder makes dry skin appear duller, so switching to a liquid foundation can make a world of difference.
Liquid blush and highlighters are great for adding a luminous glow. Daisy and I both have one product that we absolutely love to use during the winter months to add a healthy glow to our skin. It's Benefit's Cheek & Lip Stain. During winter when we're both pretty pale, Lollitint and Posietint are the shades that works best on our skin tones. Benetint is a third option, but it's a bit rosier and works better when we're tanner. It's the best option for darker skin tones.
See it in action in Daisy's “No Makeup” Makeup Video at the 6:00 minute mark: