This ferocious coldness and the dry indoor heat are doing their darndest to turn my face into fruit leather.
But I will prevail.
Mostly because I have a few industry insider tips up my sleeve.. and I’m stubborn.
You too, can upgrade your winter skincare by following my favorite tips:
1) Exfoliate Every Day
Right after I wash my skin with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water, I exfoliate using Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant.
Not only do I love the way my skin feels, but exfoliating helps me say buh-bye to all of those dead skin cells plus it promotes cellular removal and it gives my moisturizer a better chance of penetrating through the epidermis.
Budget-minders can make their own exfoliation product by mixing a teaspoon of extra fine sugar with a calming essential oil like Lavender.
2) Hydrate Your Skin
Immediately after taking a lukewarm shower, I moisturize. The best products for all winter skincare include Hyaluronic Acid and cermamides that seal in moisturizers. If you’re pinching your pennies then use a good organic coconut oil.
3) Love Your Lippies
Once a week I take a clean, dry toothbrush and gently brush my lips to remove the dry flaky skin then I apply vitamin E oil to my lips.
4) Hands Down
It’s true. You can tell a woman’s age by looking at her hands. The skin on our hands is thin and there are little to no oil glands on them for a moisture barrier. Your wintertime prescription for hands is to protect them by wearing gloves outside and be certain to moisturize with a product that has Shea butter and an SPF 30.
5) Drink More Water
You are probably drinking less water in the winter but this is the time that your skin really needs the extra hydration. I choose to carry my water with me everywhere I go to help me get enough H2O.
6) A Quick Shower is Best
But if you must bathe, do it responsibly. Again, use lukewarm water and try this, yummy moisturizing bathe soak:
Moisturizing Grapefruit and Honey Bath Soak
To warm bath water add:
2 Tbsp. Almond or Grape Seed Oil
1 Tbsp. Honey
4-5 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
7) Sunscreen Makes Sense
This is a must. Use an SPF 15 sunscreen everyday even during the cloudy winter months. That is all.
Now that you’ve got the skincare thing covered, get out there and enjoy your next wintertime adventure.