Between piling on extra layers to keep warm, slipping and sliding down the sidewalk, and rushing to get holiday gifts in order, the winter time can be tough on a girl. To make things worse, frigid weather and icy wind blasts are sure to spell disaster for your skin. Long gone are the days of your flawless summer glow! Without proper winter skin care, you can be dull, dry, and a lot more flakey than “snowflakey.” Luckily, I’ve figured out how to make skin glow in spite of the winter weather. Follow my tips, and I promise your Christmas tree won’t be the only thing looking radiant in December!
Winter sun is still sun, so use sunscreen daily
I know the smell of sunscreen probably reminds you of catching rays at the beach, but that’s no excuse for ditching it when winter hits! Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun. When you consider the added glare from fallen snow, these negative effects almost double. Use sunscreen daily, and get a chic pair of winter shades to protect those pretty eyes.
‘Tis the season for holiday superfoods
Get into the holiday spirit while gaining glowing skin! Eating holiday foods rich in antioxidants will reduce signs of aging & fight sun damage in the long-term. Some of my favorite winter antioxidants include cranberries, pecans, and dark-colored root vegetables.
Find a moisturizer that can handle the chill
Winter skin is thirsty for moisture! Use a good moisturizer to help your skin transition into zero-humidity weather without getting dry or flakey. Opt for thick, rich formulas that work with your unique skin needs. Getting your hands on a custom moisturizer will make sure you’re getting all the ingredients you need, and nothing that you don’t.
When in doubt, hibernate
Ever notice that you wish for more sleep in the winter? That’s because our sleep schedules are regulated by daylight. As days grow shorter, our pineal gland releases more of the melatonin hormone that makes us sleepy. While you can adjust around this, it’s still important to make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep each night. Besides, nothing’s cosier than a blanket nest on a snowy night.
As good as they feel, hot showers are a no-no
After being outside in the wintry chill, it can be tempting to jump into a hot shower as soon as you get home. Unfortunately, this is not a good way to get glowing skin! The hot water strips your skin of natural oils and can actually cause mild burns to your body. It’s a better idea to stand by the heater for a couple minutes when you get home and opt for a lukewarm shower instead.
Don’t forget your mitts!
Your poor hands go through a lot in the winter. The skin on your hands is much thinner than the rest of your body, so you really shouldn’t cut corners on caring for them. Oil-based formulas and ointments will create a protective layer on your skin. Invest in a good hand cream along with a good pair of gloves, and your hands will thank you.
How do you manage to score a glow in the snow?
Author bio : Audrey is a skincare nut who refuses to leave her loft without moisturizing. She specializes in personalized skincare during the day… and bad reality TV at night. Check out her breakdown of the best vitamins for your skin type.