Preventing Winter Skin

This time of year is my absolute favorite for so many reasons. There’s all the festivities surrounding the holidays, we finally get a break from the heat, and it’s socially acceptable to wear leggings 24/7. Unfortunately, the cooler weather also brings some serious dryness in the air, which can wreak havoc on our skin. With December right around the corner, I thought I would help you all get ahead of the game by giving you some tips on how to prevent the dreaded dull, dehydrated, dry winter skin.

Make sure you aren’t using dehydrating or drying products.

It’s always a good idea to switch up your skincare regimen to accommodate changing environmental conditions. I, for one, tend to get a little bit oily during the warm summer months but promptly dry out like a raisin once the temperatures drop and the humidity is gone. Because of this, I always switch to a heavier moisturizer for the fall and winter months. You want to make sure you stay away from anything petroleum-based or containing mineral oil. We’ll get into all the reasons why on another day, but the main reason in this case is that these products are absolutely 100% not moisturizing. They give the illusion of instantly hydrating the skin, but all they do is form a barrier. If your skin is dried out to begin with, it’s going to stay dry underneath a coat of Vaseline. It’s essentially the equivalent of putting Saran wrap on your face. Some great humectants and moisturizing ingredients to look for are jojoba oil, shea butter, rose water, and argan oil. Beyond your moisturizer, make sure you aren’t using a cleanser that is stripping your skin of its natural oils. Step out of your comfort zone and try a cleansing balm or cleansing oil to get that face squeaky clean while still retaining its natural, protective oils.

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Sleep with a humidifier in your room.

Seriously. Do this right now. Your skin AND your sinuses will thank you! You can get anything from a no-frills unit that just gets the job done to a beautiful, decorative humidifier with soothing light and sound effects. Whatever floats your boat, this will be a huge help. Most places see a drop in humidity during the winter months, which causes that transepidermal water loss I have mentioned before. (This is where the environment is so dry that it will pull moisture from your skin.) In addition to this, running the heater in your house massively dries out the air. Us San Diegans have extremely thin blood, so you know most of us are cranking the heat as soon as it gets below 65 degrees. Setting up a humidifier in my bedroom has been one of the biggest aids in preventing my skin from getting so dehydrated during the winter! As an added bonus, put a few drops of your favorite essential oils in the humidifier to boost your mood, relieve stress, or help you sleep more soundly.

Start a weekly hydrating mask regimen.

If you’re someone who lives in extremely dry conditions, does a lot of outdoor activities, or is just prone to excessive dryness, this will help keep your skin on track. As with everything, this works even better as a preventative measure, so start your weekly masks now rather than waiting until your nose gets flaky! My personal preference is to make it part of my Sunday night ritual. Choosing a specific day helps me to make sure I don’t go too long between masks, and I love doing a little extra something nice for myself before starting a new week. I’ve always been a fan of 302 Skincare’s Avocado Mask, which I apply to my face, neck, and decollete, and leave on anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight. Recently I’ve hopped on this sheet mask band wagon, after finally finding one that meets my extremely picky requirements as far as ingredients go. The herbal Brightening Sheet Mask from Sara Elizabeth Skincare is my new obsession! While the mask only covers your face down to the bottom of your jawline, I simply massage the extra serum from the package onto my neck and decollete to make sure those areas are getting some TLC too. While it doesn’t say it in the name, these babies are insanely hydrating. I used a digital skin moisture analyzer and my levels TRIPLED after leaving the mask on for only 10 minutes. You better believe I stocked up on those little gems after seeing that!

Those are my big three recommendations for keeping your skin glowing and supple this winter. A few other little tips are to make sure you’re maintaining your water intake, eat plenty of water-dense foods (think apples, zucchini, cucumber, etc), be sure to still protect your skin with daily SPF, and resist the temptation to take super long, super hot showers and opt for warm water to avoid drying the skin out even more. Do you have any great tips for maintaining hydrated skin in the winter? Drop a comment or send me an email! I’ll be back with more Real Talk for you next month.

Thanks lovie!
Xoxo

Samantha

 

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