6 Tips To Keep Your Skin Glowing This Winter
Posted on Nov 20, 2018 by Alayne White
It’s no secret that the weather can have a pretty drastic affect your skin. In the colder months your skin can get itchy, red, dry, and flaky. Thankfully, though, there are simple ways to avoid - or control - those undesirable issues with small tweaks to your skincare routine that won’t break the bank.
Use these tips and tricks to keep your skin glowing and refreshed, even in the winter months!
Limit Shower Time and Temperature
I know it’s tempting to take a long hot shower, but your skin will thank you if you shower from 5-10 minutes in lukewarm water. For some people, especially those who have problematic skin in the first place, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that hot water is needed to open your pores to really get the gunk out. And while yes, it’s true that the heat will open things up, your skin’s natural oils and top layer take a huge beating in hot water. The oils get stripped away, the skin cells needed for protected wash away or get scorched and you’re left with dryness and irritation. And, if you were trying to purify your skin (and not just warm up after a chilly day), your skin will kick into oil production mode, potentially causing even more spots and pimples down the road.
2. Don’t Crank up the Heat
On a chilly late Fall or Winter day, the first thing you probably do when you walk in the door is turn up the heat. Although it makes your home warm and cozy, the heat from your home’s heating system can really skin can dry out. Instead, turn the heat to a comfortable 68 degrees - 74 degrees to maintain healthy skin. If you simply have to have the heat blasting, consider putting humidifiers (that you clean at least once per week!) in the rooms you use the most - especially your bedroom. (Bonus: using humidifiers during the cool, dry months can also help prevent the spread of cold and flu!)
3. Use Cleansers Without Fragrance
In the dryer months many people find that creamy cleansers, as opposed to foaming cleansers, help their skin retain its natural moisture balance best. In addition, soaps and cleansers with fragrances can cause further irritation to skin that’s already itchy and dry.. While shopping, look for products that say fragrance-free to ensure there are no added perfumes, or better yet - ask your Alayne White Skin Expert for a recommendation
4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
The winter weather can be extremely harsh on your skin. To combat the dryness, use a moisturizer on your face, body and your hands after washing them. Don’t forget about your lips - use a moisturizing lip balm (we highly recommend Glo’s Barrier Balm, which you can pick up in either of our locations) to make sure the cracks and dryness are combatted.
5. Wear Your Sunscreen
Even when it’s 30 degrees out, the sun is still shining, and can even reflect off of snow. It is just as important to wear sunscreen in the winter as it is to wear when you are laying out on the beach. Those gloomy days still call for some protection from the sun.
6. Stay Hydrated
Water is your best friend in the winter months, and - to be honest, all year round. Your body is made up of 60% water, with your skin specifically being made up of 64%, your brain and heart being composed of 73% water, and your lungs a whopping 83%. Heck, even your bones are made up of 30% water. So give your entire body - including your skin - every fighting advantage that it can get by staying as hydrated as possible It helps to improve your natural glowy skin and keep it healthy and moisturized.