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How to Protect and Nourish Your Skin in Cold Weather

Even though spring is approaching fast, it’s still crazy cold outside! I’m sure you’ve noticed that your skin starts to feel tight and dry when it’s chilly outside, especially on your face and hands.

There are a few reasons for this unpleasant occurrence. There’s a lack of humidity in the air when the weather is cooler, making it easy for the moisture on your skin’s surface to evaporate quickly. Your heater is also a major culprit, causing any indoor air to dry up when it’s running. As a result, you skin is constantly battling dryness.

Although skin dryness seems inevitable, don’t get discouraged! There are lots of remedies for the winter dryness blues. If you feel that winter itch coming on, here are several treatments to keep your skin soft and supple until spring arrives.


Pick a New Moisturizer

During the cooler months, you may have to switch your moisturizer out for a new, more hydrating one. For all the reasons mentioned above,it might be a good time to look into a thicker, creamier moisturizer that will compensate for the lack of moisture in the air. Here are some key ingredients to look for in a cream:

  • Hyaluronic Acid – Get this… hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water! I bet you can see why this would be a tall drink of water for your skin.
  • Glycerin – This ingredient helps the skin hold in its moisture.
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids – These little guys have a duo purpose; they hydrate and exfoliate. Gentle exfoliation helps with the skin’s natural cell turnover, which produces lipids that guard moisture in the skin.

Here are few moisturizers that are fantastic for the winter months.



CLINIQUE Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

I love this moisturizer because it has a gel texture as opposed to a creamier consistency. I prefer this during the day so I don’t have greasy residue underneath my makeup. This one’s got a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin continue to rehydrate itself over several days.




Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream

This moisturizer has some pretty legit ingredients in it to give your skin a big helping of hydration. Squalane, which is a botanical lipid extracted from olives, stabilizes the skin’s barrier which is what protects the skin from dehydration. This cream is also lightweight and works wonders!


Eau Thermale Avène Rich Compensating Cream

I received a sample of this moisturizer and was super impressed by the results. It’s perfect for the cold winter months. I used my sample at night, and my skin was baby soft and moisturized in the morning.


Use a Hydrating Mask

Masks can make a huge difference in the health of your skin. You can do a quick one after a shower or give your skin a little something extra at night with an overnight mask.

It’s important to give your skin a deep treatment when it’s especially dry. If your skin is lacking moisture, a hydrating mask will give you immediate relief, and you will be able to maintain it by using a good moisturizer afterwards.

Honey is a key ingredient in many hydrating masks. If you want to try making your own, check out our post here about our favorite homemade masks.


Face Masks that Really Hydrate


GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment Mask

Want that glowy hydrated finish on your face? Try Glamglow Thirstymud. This mask makes an incredible difference for dry skin. You can even use this mask on the neck and chest. Use two to three times a week to see incredible results.



Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

You’re going to want to eat this mask when you first open the jar. It smells that AMAZING and works just as well. It’s super lightweight too, so when you go to sleep, you’re not going to feel like you have a lot on your face.


Use a Cleanser Meant for Dry Skin

Cleansers that are usually made for dry skin don’t foam up as much. Most of us love that “squeaky clean” feeling that comes from a foam cleanser, but if you’re struggling with dry skin, this isn’t ideal. Cleansing agents that cause the foam can remove the sebum that protects the skin’s moisture barrier.

Instead of a foam cleanser, use an emollient-type cleanser. Emollients are oils and fatty materials that help keep the skin moisturized. By using a face wash that contains these types of ingredients, you will get rid of all the gunk on your face without stripping your skin and drying it out further.

Another thing to keep in mind when looking for a cleanser is to avoid any product that contains fragrances. Drier skin tends to be more sensitive and added fragrances can irritate it even more.


Cleansers that are Perfect for Dry Skin



Belief Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched

Gel cleansers are a great option for dry skin and this is one of my personal favorites. The fatty nut oils in this face wash are going to soothe and hydrate the skin, giving you the most beautiful glow and smooth skin texture.



IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser Skin-Transforming Hydrating Cleansing Serum

This cleanser actually has hyaluronic acid in it to give the skin an extra boost of moisture and also works as a deep-penetrating serum.


Invest in a Lip Mask


Oh the dreaded dry and chapped lips. There’s always a lip balm or chapstick to help remedy this unfortunate occurrence but sometimes that’s not enough.

To avoid chapped lips, I try to use a lip mask at night during the colder months of the year. Just like a face mask, a lip mask will deeply hydrate and leave your lips soft and supple.

Seriously, a lip mask is life-changing. It makes a world of difference, and it’s one less uncomfortable feeling when you’re out in the cold.


Lip Masks that Provide the Ultimate Comfort



Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

This lip mask is a heavenly hydrating lifesaver. Working with agave nectar and jojoba oil, it’s a luxurious lip treatment that leaves the lips soothed and replenished. I just started using this mask, and I’m already seeing fantastic results. LOVE.



Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

This one not only has hyaluronic acid for moisture, but Vitamin C to help with fine lines too! Added benefit: it smells and tastes like berries 😉


Take Lukewarm Showers


Ugh. Lukewarm showers in the winter. No thanks.

I know that’s probably what you’re thinking, but trust me, it will help your dry skin so much. Hot showers strip the protective sebum from your face and cause you to dry out more. It can also cause damage to the skin.

When washing your face in the shower, always be gentle when scrubbing. I recommend using a Clarisonic. This incredible cleansing machine uses a gentle sonic pulse to deep-flush the pores without being abrasive. It’s a bit of an investment, but not only does it cleanse the face with care, it cleans up to six times better than washing your face with only your hands.

It’s also important not to shower more than once a day.


Use a Humidifier


Humidifiers are fantastic  to help prevent dry skin. By raising the humidity level in the air, humidifiers can make your home a safe haven for your skin. As we have covered, heaters often dry out the air inside a house, so the humidifier can counteract this by creating moisture-laden air.

By creating a skin-friendly environment, your skin gets a well-deserved break from the dry air it’s bombarded with outside.

This is one of my favorite humidifiers!



VicTsing 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser

Not only is a humidifier FANTASTIC, it’s a diffuser as well. Put a few drops of essential oils inside, and your room is filled with a pleasant aroma that will soothe and relax you. I have this one on my bedside table, and it’s beautiful design only adds to the aesthetic of my bedroom.


A Skincare Routine for Dry Skin


By establishing an everyday skincare ritual, you can prevent and/or treat dry skin. Give yourself time daily to pamper your skin. It’s not only good for your skin’s health, but it gives you a chance to take a step back and practice some good self-care.

Here’s our suggested dry skincare routine.


Morning

  • Use a gentle, emollient filled cleanser first thing in the morning.
  • Pat on an alcohol-free toner, preferably one that’s made specifically for dry skin.
  • Apply a hydrating serum to deeply penetrate the skin for faster results.
  • Slather on your favorite moisturizer that targets dry skin.
  • Sunscreen is a must, even in the winter months


Evening

  • Remove makeup and grime with a gentle face wash and finish up the cleansing process with your toner.
  • Using the same serum again will give the skin an extra boost of moisture.
  • Two to three times a week, use an overnight hydrating mask. On the other nights, use a super rich and hydrating cream.
  • Apply a lip mask or heavy lip balm every night.


Have you tried any of our tips? What are the best ways you’ve found to care for dry skin? Let us know in the comments!

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