Hot cocoa, freshly fallen snow, cozy nights by the fire—winter can truly be the most wonderful time of the year. However, along with its peak cozy vibes, winter also brings dry air and cold weather that can wreak havoc on your skin.
To help you make the most of every moment this winter, here are five tips to help boost the health of your skin during the colder months and keep you glowing all season long:
1– Moisturize—at the right time
Dry air, frigid winds, and more frequent exposure to indoor heat suck the moisture from your skin. So drink plenty of water, use a humidifier if necessary, and use moisturizing skincare formulas to lock in hydration. Rejuvenate is an optimal solution with skin-supporting humectants like glycerin and squalene to draw moisture into your skin.
Your timing is also key. After a shower, pat your skin dry with a towel, then immediately apply moisturizer. This will help seal the moisture into your skin and prevent it from drying out.
2– Lower water temperatures
A steamy shower on a cold day sounds like a good idea, but it’ll cost you when winter-proofing your skin. Hot water removes natural oils, and essential moisture from your skin. When you shower or wash your hands, a good rule of thumb is: If the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot! Lower the temperature a bit to help maintain natural hydration, and soothe irritated skin.
3– Don’t forget the sunscreen
Shorter winter days and less sunlight make it tempting to cut the sunscreen from your morning routine, but your skin needs protection from the sun all year long. Even in the winter, harmful UV light can add to the cumulative damage that leads to dryness, wrinkles, dark spots, and aging skin. Add a layer of sunscreen each morning after you’ve applied your moisturizer.
4– Get a good night’s sleep
If your complexion starts feeling dry, or looking drab and lifeless, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Getting plenty of rest can also minimize dark circles and discoloration under your eyes. Skin repairs itself overnight, so give it the time it needs by winding down with a bedtime routine that includes a good moisturizer and getting a good 7–9 hours of rest.
Bonus tip: Try Replenish to begin a calming, wind-down routine. It provides nutrition your body needs to relax and replenish itself after a long day.
5– Treat dry skin from the inside
When it comes to dry, sensitive skin in the winter, your face is affected as well as your hands, feet, lips and other areas exposed to the elements. Think holistically when treating your dry skin and make sure you’re getting the nutrients your skin needs to help heal and repair itself—these work on a cellular level to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and keep your skin smooth and supple. Focus on eating foods (or taking supplements) that are high in antioxidants, good fats, protein, collagen, and vitamins.
Dry winter skin isn’t inevitable. Make some tweaks to your skincare regimen and habits, use great products like Rejuvenate, and keep your skin looking soft, smooth, and vibrant all winter long.