Every season has its perks. We’ve got warm water in the spring for long walks in the park, hot days in the summer for perfect beach days, and there’s autumn and winter, where the weather can vary a lot, and you have to accommodate as much as you can.
That means we should take care of ourselves more, especially our skin, if we want to get that glowing, healthy skin. A proper skin care routine should always follow the trends and the weather outside, too.
So, what’s best for our skin this winter?
Sunscreen is Essential
Yes, sunscreen is important even in the winter! But do you know why?
Apparently, the sun doesn’t take a day off, meaning that there are still many chances to damage your skin. Also, snow can reflect UV light, enhancing your risk of sunburn.
To avoid that, choose a rich, creamy formula with hydrating ingredients for extra moisture. Hyaluronic acid, for example, is a hydrating ingredient that can highly support your skin barrier. Others include vitamin E, ceramides, and squalene.
Choose a Thicker Moisturizer
Another great thing you can choose for your skin this winter is a thicker moisturizer. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, glycerin, ceramides, chamomile, and colloidal oatmeal are life saviors.
TIP: take your favorite moisturizer with you and re-apply it throughout the day.
Try a Hydrating Mask Once in a While
A tremendous hydrating mask can do wonders to your skin, just like how moisturizers add the much-needed hydration your skin needs!
Dr. Josh Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, explains:
“[the masks] deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients to the skin, and in the winter, can be used along with your regular skin care products when you need it to address dry skin.”
Exfoliating is Key
The skin is more likely to hold onto dead skin cells when it is cold outside. And even if your skin exfoliates every 28 days, it still needs more help in the winter!
So, what should you do?
Use gentle exfoliants and moisturize afterward for best results. Try to avoid harsh scrubs, including those made with abrasive parts.
For better care, always discuss with a specialist!