Cold weather is making its way back to our lives and it completely changes our skincare routine for a few months. Many love this #sweaterweather, many hate it, but no matter what team you are in, your skin should not be neglected! Dry, flaky skin, begone!
Beat dry skin straight out of the shower!
When it comes to hydration, there is one rule everyone should know about! Any type of moisture works better on damp skin! So keep your moisturizer in the shower! Especially if you are a more of a hydrating body oil kind of person, but this rule works for lotions as well. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin, locking in the moisture.
Quick tip: Keep a bottle of Esperée Skincare Oil Elixir near the bathtub, shower stall or near the sink and use liberally everytime you wash. Not only it will look amazing on your counter, but will keep your skin silky-soft!
Choose moisturizer carefully!
During the winter months it is recommended to choose an oil-based moisturizer, because oils lock in moisture better and have natural, nourishing ingredients. Try to avoid petroleum-based products, as they can further dry the skin.
Don’t forget to moisturize dryer areas!
Dryer areas such as hands, feet, elbows, and knees need extra hydration because they tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider applying a deep moisturizing balm at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.
Engulf your body in warm, relaxing baths.
Who doesn’t love hot showers or baths on a cold evening? Late autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for it! As much as we love it, there is one little rule for the wellness of our skin! Use warm water, instead of hot water! Hot water is slightly drying to the skin, because the intense heat actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture; so best is to have a warm bath. If you are on the lazy side and you hate applying moisture after you get out of the bath, then best is to add as much oil as you want to your bath and let your body soak in all the moisture. You won’t believe how soft your skin will be afterwards!
Hydrate your skin from inside out!
We tend to drink less water when it’s cold outside. Don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from inside out! Don’t forget to drink water and hot drinks! Try eating foods that are high in water content (see the image below). Make sure you’re getting enough Zinc and vitamin C to sustain the collagen and elastin production.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Did you know that moisture cannot soak in if there are a lot of dead cells on top of the skin? Help your skin get rid of the dead cells by exfoliating it at least once a week. Pay particular attention to the dry, flaky areas. You can use an exfoliating mask all over your body, or if you are into Skin DIY then you should try a brown sugar exfoliating recipe. Apply moisturizer immediately after exfoliating for a stunning, smoother difference.
The cleanser rule
Do you often find that the cleanser you use is quite drying to your skin especially in the cold moths? Here is a tip to survive in the winter moths without changing your favourite cleanser. Try not to leave your skin naked for more than half an hour after cleansing. Hydrate it first with a toner (rose water is a great, natural option for toner) and then apply facial oil or moisturizer.
Best time for DIY masks
Homemade hydrating masks are the best solution for your skin in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration. Stay tuned to our blog for upcoming DIY facial masks recipes!
Invest into a room humidifier
Even though the humidifier is the main enemy of your hair, it does wonders for the skin! When the heating system is turned on, the air is extremely dry. There is no enemy worse like dry air for the skin, because it accelerates moisture loss. Invest into a room humidifier and balance the water level into your environment.
Protect and prevent before all!
Before trying to find a remedy or a solution for dry skin, it is good to know that protection is the most important! Wear gloves and protect your skin of the cold wind or snow, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes of the sun and wear SPF cream to protect your exposed skin of sun damage. Even though days are shorter and the sun barely shows, even though we are layer up with sweaters and coats, it is important to apply sunscreen on the exposed skin such as face, because winter sun can be as damaging as summer sun.
Are we hitting the spot? Do you have other tips for pampering your skin? If you do we would love to share them in the comment section below.
Be good to your skin! You’ll wear it everyday of your life.