With the temperatures continuously dropping and winter right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to start preparing your skin for the cold temperautures. If you live in a climate that has harsh winters, you know the effects the weather has on your skin – dry, chapped, scaly skin that seems to last centuries. By getting ahead of your skincare routine now, you’ll be able to combat the dry skin this winter.
Utilize a Humidifier
Cold temperatures and heating systems suck the moisture, reaking havoc on your skin. By utilizing a humidifier on a regular basis (not just when you’re sick!) you’ll put the moisture back in the air allowing your skin to naturally gain the moisture in needs so it doesn’t get dry.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Start moisturizing on a regular basis, and even twice a day if possible. When you apply moisturizer to your skin when it’s already dry, the moisture will only saturat the top laye of the skin whereas preparing your skin early on will allow all layers to retain moisture better. The best lotions moisturizing lotions contain shea butter and coconut oil and using a petroleum-based product on the areas of your body that are prone to extra drying (elbows, knees, feet & hands) will help avoid flaky, rough skin.
Resist Long, Hot Showers
Even though they feel so good and are so relaxing, long, hot showers are bad for your hair and skin! The hot water will strip your skin (& hair!) of the necessary oils it needs to create moisture causing your skin to become dry and cracked. Keep the water lukewarm and moisturize immediately after your shower before drying off to retain as much moisture as possible.
Use an Oil-Based Balm/Cleanser to Remove Makeup
Regular makeup removers can strip your face of nutrients whereas an oil-based balm or cleanser will remover you makeup while moisturizing your face. If you have acne-prone skin, don’t fret! Oil-based removers won’t cause breakouts but if you’re nervous, wash your face after with your typical cleanser to remove excess oils.
Exfoliate Your Lips
Hate chapped lips? Us too! Staying hydrated and exfoliating your lips on a regular basis will help avoid the issue! An easy way to exfoliate your lips is by running a toothbrush over them or by using a lip scrub, followed by applying petroleum jelly or oil to your lips to lock in extra moisture.
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