While we’d all like to think that our skin can remain flawless with little to no effort all year round, that’s unfortunately never the reality. But of all the things that naturally take a toll on your skin – pollutants in the environment, irritating makeup, etc. – one of the toughest to deal with can often be the changing seasons. When winter rolls around (and brings with it frigid temperatures), your skin is likely to pay the price, as colder weather can break down the protective oil barrier on your skin and leave you with a dry, dehydrated complexion. But to keep your skin from feeling and looking dry and flaky all winter long, all you need to do is pay more attention to a few key components of your skincare regimen. Here, Colorado-based beauty expert and founder of the blog Skin Care Ox, Diane Elizabeth, breaks down a few of the key elements of your beauty routine that you could turn your attention to in order to ensure healthier, happier skin – even in the coldest of months.
These cleanses are perfect for dry skin types as they do not contain harsh soaps which can strip the skin of its natural oils. Instead of soap, these cleansers use natural emulsifiers and surfactants to dissolve dirt and oil from our skin. These are very good for the winter months when you can use all the moisture you can get.
A nice thick moisturizer that both adds hydration to the skin and helps to keep moisture locked is essential for dry winter skin. I like to use an oil-based serum in the morning (like jojoba, hemp, sunflower, or rose oil) and a thick night cream in the evenings.
Toners are great for balancing out our skin’s pH after cleansing, as well as removing dirt/oil from pores and adding a bit of hydration to the skin. While toners are great, many contain ingredients (alcohol, fragrances, etc.) that can actually dry out the skin. Look for toners that contain hydration-boosting ingredients like aloe, hyaluronic acid, rose hydrosol, and witch hazel.
A gentle exfoliant is a nice addition to any winter skincare routine especially if you have very dry skin. Too much exfoliation can actually irritate the skin and cause more dryness so don’t go too crazy with the scrubbing! Look for products which gently exfoliate your
skin with ingredients like fruit acids, oatmeal, honey, and clays.
Dry winter air can suck the moisture right out of our skin. While skincare products are a great way to treat winter skin, sometimes all you need is to drink a little more water every day. If you normally drink eight glasses of water, then drink 10 during the winter months for extra hydration.