With all the growing to-do lists and endless shopping excursions that happen during the holidays, it can be challenging carving out time to take care of yourself, let alone your skin. But it's crucial that your skin gets what it needs during the colder months. Why? Because if you don't give your skin some TLC on the regular, it can easily become dry and dull. No Thanks!
Here are eight tips to incorporate into your skincare routine to make sure your skin stays radiant, dewy, and youthful-looking throughout the holiday season:
1. Purchase double-duty products
What you really need in winter is a skincare product that does multiple things at once without needing to rinse and repeat. Buy a face mask that purifies and hydrates at the same time. Using skincare products with many functions prevents moisture in the skin from being stripped away. Plus, it saves you a lot of time! Choose products that are not only gentle on the skin but also hydrate it.
2. Use an antioxidant-rich serum
Invest in serums that contain antioxidants. This is especially important during the colder months. Aside from protecting your skin from free radicals, antioxidants can leave skin looking and feeling radiant and energized.
3. Avoid foaming cleansers
Foaming cleansers can cause irritation and unnecessarily strip the skin of its natural oils. Since the skin tends to become drier in winter, it needs all the oils that it can get. Instead, opt for a gel or oil cleanser that'll take away dirty but is also still gentle on skin.
4. Wear a sheet mask
Sheet masks allow rejuvenating ingredients to really soak into the skin. Right when you hop out of the show, apply a sheet mask to your face. Look for one that contains shea butter, mango butter, and apricot oil, all of which have high concentrations of vitamins and fatty acids.
5. Apply SPF every day
The myth that there is less sun in winter is simply untrue. You should apply just as much sunscreen in winter as you do in summer to exposed areas. Use a moisturizing sunscreen to combat dry skin.
6. Carry lip balm
Chapped lips always happen in winter. But, by applying a hydrating balm, you can stay ahead of the dryness. Lip balms that contain almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera all do the trick.
7. Switch to a facial oil
Everything is super dry in winter. That's why you should switch to a facial oil that can help seal in moisture, plump the skin, protect it from environmental damage, and clear up dry patches. Choose from argan oil, rosehip oil, and marula oil.
8. Exfoliate...but gently
No matter how many serums and moisturizers you apply to your skin, it'll remain dry without some gentle exfoliation. Choose a product with a mild glycolic or lactic acid to get off the dead skin and exfoliate two-to-three times per week.
Glowing skin no matter the season
You can ensure that your skin remains soft, supple, and radiant year-round by following the above expert skincare tips. In addition to switching up your skincare products, you should also change your diet during winter. Eat a diet rich in walnuts, avocadoes, and olive oil to fight off winter dryness and increase your overall skin health.
- "6 Dermatologists Reveal Their Winter Skincare Routines," Health, September 27, 2018.
- "Six Winter Skincare Routines You Need to Adopt Now," Vogue, March 15, 2018.