Healing Radius’ Staff Share Their Skin Care Tips for Winter
As a 26-year-old female with rather dry skin, I have learned to prepare well in advance before the coldest season of the year begins. When the air temperature drops, your skin may also become dry and itchy due to the lack of moisture and natural oils we produce in the warmer seasons. Fortunately for us, there are several solutions! Many healthy regimes and products have been developed over the years to help our skin look and feel flawless, especially in the wintery months. I’m sharing seven effective skin care tips that I follow to achieve and maintain a fresh, glowing complexion:
1. Moisturizing Ingredients
Glycerin and ceramides are known for helping dry skin retain moisture and improve hydration. You can find these two major ingredients in a majority of skin lotions and rich creams. In a 2013 interview with Grazia, Gucci Westman, renowned makeup artist for New York Fashion Week and celebrities like Halle Berry, lists her favorite products for winter, including Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream. When it comes to the right ingredients, she states, “Well, I love products that have vitamins C and E. I also look for rose oil and coconut which are really natural and amazing for the skin.”
Nivea Express Hydration Daily Lotion leaves my skin feeling moisturized, silky and soft. This product is available at major drug stores and through Amazon. I also use the Refining Vitamin A and Glycolic Cleanser by Derma E. This product exfoliates my skin and eliminates dead skin cells, which allows for a fresher, newer look.
2. Foundation and Makeup
When it comes to choosing the right makeup for winter, you should focus on products that provide moisturization against dry skin and tones that offset paler skin. During my research, I came upon Glamour’s 2014 list of the five best foundations for winter per makeup artist Nick Barose. He states, “The key is to look for foundation that warms up your skin a bit without being tan, and the formula should give radiant glow.” Here’s a link to his five favorite looks.
Mally Beauty’s Liquid Face Defender Blush is a non-powder product that lasts all day, leaving my cheeks looking rosy and warm! You can find it at ULTA and other beauty stores.
3. Say “No” to Hot Showers
I really, really enjoy taking hot showers, especially when it’s cold outside, but I’ve learned that it does more harm than good. Bathing in the highest water temperature is indeed bad for your skin, as it negatively affects its function to retain moisture and natural oils. Instead, try taking shorter showers and using lukewarm water.
When I have the time, I try to substitute a hot shower for a warm bath about three days a week—it allows you to shed dead skin cells for a refreshed, glowing complexion.
4. Skin Protection
When using different skin care products to maintain your healthy glow, it is also important to wear proper garments that protect your skin from cold temperatures and harsh winds.
I always select H&M for my outdoor apparel, including gloves, scarves and hats. They’re fashionable and affordable!
Keep your skin hydrated by drinking tons of water throughout the day. This is a no-brainer! Experts recommend about eight glasses a day.
Water is pretty basic, so to add nutritional value I incorporate lemon slices and mint leaves into my glass.
6. Chapped Lips
Ready for mistletoe? Avoid embarrassment and lip chapping this winter by applying hydrating lip balm on a daily basis. Also try a simple and natural remedy: Vaseline.
John Masters Organics Lip Balm is made of essential oils, beeswax, and vitamins A and C to protect lips against cold temperatures.
7. Nutritious Snacks
You can find a lot of ingredients for a healthy, glowing complexion right in your kitchen! Spinach, kale and other greens are loaded with vitamin A, while fish products consist of omega-3, an important source for soft skin.
Blueberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants which particularly help to reduce acne and soften dry skin. Another plus: there are many ways to include this beneficial fruit to your diet! I like to eat them raw, and mix them into plain Greek yogurt or oatmeal.
I ensure these tips will bring you a holiday season full of cheer and beauty bliss. We would also love for you to share your own skin care secrets with us—and don’t forget to check back next month for another featured blog on extra winter moisturizing essentials!
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Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.