Winter means harsh cold and dry air gets in the way of a fresh youthful complexion. What better time to upgrade your skincare than now? The colder it gets, the harder it is for our skin to shield itself. The result? Winter skin a.k.a. an extreme loss of moisture, cracks, and even swelling.
As temperature drops, most people’s skin gets drier so if you can stay hydrated inside and out, then you’re halfway there. For skin that looks radiant and youthful, even during the winter months, you should drink plenty of water. But here’s what you should be doing on the outside, to keep it moisturized and looking fresh all year long.
How to Care for Winter Skin (and its Discontents)
#1 Cleanse Gently
A great way of fighting winter dryness is moisturizing while you cleanse. So ditch those harsh cleansers. Sure, foaming and gel face cleansers can leave your face squeaky-clean, but also super dull and extra dry.
Replace these with gentler cleansing balms such as Adore Cosmetics Essence Facial Milk. This richer cleanser with allantoin will help you deeply hydrate your dry skin.
#2 Skip the Toner
Toners are great… but alcohol-based astringents are always a bad idea because they exacerbate dryness, which is harmful even if you have oily or combination skin. So try spritzing on an alcohol-free facial mist instead or using Adore Cosmetics Essence Facial Toner.
#3 Start Layering
You dress like an onion to stay warm during winter — the same applies to skincare products! Simply layer a rich cream over a hydrating serum to boost and lock that much needed extra moisture on your face (and don’t forget other parts of your body!). This will also create a barrier against harsh cold winds.
#4 Treat your Lips
Cracked, dehydrated lips are not sexy. In the morning before you leave for work throw some rich lip balm in your purse and reapply multiple times during the day. You can also add a smooth rich lip mask on your nighttime skincare routine, to help you get rid of flakes and fight chapping.
#5 Give Your Hands a Hand
Another area of the skin we easily forget to shield from cold weather is the skin on our hands. By nature, its skin is thinner than most other parts of the body and contains fewer oil glands. This is the main reason why keeping our hands soft, seems like such an unattainable goal during winter. To prevent itchiness and cracking, isolate your hands from the cold temperature by wearing gloves and apply Adore Nourishing Cream and Body Lotion, a hydrating mix of shea butter and beeswax, before going to bed.