Winter Skincare Essentials
Whether you live in a below freezing climate or a place where the winter is quite mild your skin needs a little TLC this time of year. Our skin cells regenerate every 27 days and come winter they often need assistance turning over. As we get older this is especially true and can easily be seen in the form of dull, dry skin. This is where exfoliation and hydration come into play to ensure you have glowing, healthy skin all year long.
By following these two simple steps your skin will not only look instantly better but also you will age at a slower rate. It’s a win-win situation!
Step One: Exfoliation
When we are younger our skin naturally exfoliates at a relatively rapid rate. But as we age our renewal process slows down, and thus we need to help our skin out.
Exfoliation does not have to be invasive or painful, but instead gentle and simple. One of my personal favorite ways to help my facial skin is through dermaplaning. This technique involves a straight edge razor that gently removes the top layer of dead skin and fine hair from the face. It can be performed on a monthly basis either by a professional or at home (if you have a very good hand!) using this device.
Another excellent form of exfoliation that can be performed not just on the face is skin brushing. To get the scoop on how to properly skin brush click here.
The last piece of the exfoliation puzzle involves your lips. In the winter we often experience chapped lips, which is never chic or fun. To combat any flakiness on your lips, try a lip scrub made of salt or sugar just by itself OR mix it into coconut oil. I recommend making a small batch in a jar and keeping it in your shower for use as needed. This can be used all over your body too for a wonderful smooth and glowing effect!
Here’s a great organic option if you’d prefer to purchase a scrub instead of making one:
Step Two: Hydration
Our skin wouldn’t be complete without step two—hydration. Come winter our skin needs more help with retaining and infusing moisture, especially if you have the heat on in your home.
We all know simple ways to help our skin from the inside out such as drinking water and specific foods and teas. But let’s take it a step further by chatting serums, oils and lotions.
First on the list, a quality serum specific to your skincare needs. This step may seem superfluous but it is just as important as using a moisturizer. The serum is thinner than the moisturizer allowing it to penetrate deeper into your skin and work hard for you. A serum should be used morning and night before you apply your moisturizer.
Try one of my favorite serums here:
Another area of your body that needs some extra hydration this time of year is your nail bed. Our cuticles can become dry and haggard looking without some extra love. Grab some coconut oil, flaxseed oil or even olive oil from your pantry and massage it nightly into your nails and cuticles.
If your cuticles need some extra attention, try one of my favorite products that exfoliates your cuticles:
The last step that I want you to focus on this winter is day and night moisturizer. Ideally you should have two different moisturizers, one for day with SPF and one for night that is heavier and more reparative. You may find you need a thicker option for this time of year if your spring/summer moisturizer just isn’t cutting it.
For a favorite daytime moisturizer try this option:
Here are two favorite nighttime moisturizers:
Your skincare action step is to assess your current skincare regimen and products to see what you need to add to your routine. Your skin will thank you long after winter is over!