Winter is here! Unfortunately, for so many of us, this is the time of year when we say welcome to dry and flaky skin, cracked hands and chapped lips. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. We winterize our cars with winter tires and our homes with blankets and heaters, right? Why not winterize your skin and help it fight off the unwanted effect of freezing temperatures? All you have to do is follow an easy beauty routine. It’s as simple as these three words: exfoliate, moisturize and protect.
Exfoliate Your Skin
The weather in winter is like a constant assault on your epiderm. Those sub-zero temperatures mean you have to crank up the heat in your house, which makes the air super dry. In that environment, your skin cells dry and die very fast and there you have it: flaky skin. To prevent this from happening, a good weekly or biweekly scrub is essential. Why? Because all those dry cells are basically blocking healthier ones from coming in. Exfoliating your skin will help you get rid of those dry cells, even out skin tone and unclog pores.
Exfoliation shouldn’t be only for your face! Think about other problematic areas such as your legs! If you are a winter sports enthusiast or if you spend many hours outside for work, exfoliating your skin is a must. Be careful not to overdo it though, once or twice a week is enough. Don’t forget to use a moisturizer right after!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Speaking of moisturizers, keeping your skin hydrated is an essential step in an efficient winter beauty routine. Remember the motherly advice: wash even behind your ears! Moisturizing in winter is a little bit like that. Apply your moisturizer from head to toe and don’t forget a single spot!
Use the Right Product
The secret to well-hydrated epiderm in winter is to find the right cream and then apply it correctly. You wouldn’t wear a sundress when it’s -30 outside, true? You would probably choose a fleece sweater or something thicker. In the same way, your skin will need more than a light summer moisturizer when winter comes. Look for a lotion that is rich in essential fatty acids. This will help create a long-lasting protective barrier on your skin when it is exposed to harsh weather. Moisturizers made from plant-based oils, such as hemp oil are an excellent choice. Chanv offers a variety of natural products made from hemp oil that is sure to get the job done. Want a tip from the pros? Apply your moisturizer on damp skin right after your bath or shower for a deeper moisturizing effect.
Protect Your Hands and Lips From the Cold
Your lips and hands are probably at the top of the list when it comes to being mistreated by our long winters. That’s because the skin on your lips has no oil glands, neither does the one on the palm of your hands. Since oil acts as a barrier for skin, helping to protect it from the elements, it’s not surprising that these parts of your body are often as dry as the desert sand. To safeguard your smile, try a lip balm made with plant-based oil or beeswax. Shea butter, jojoba and hemp oil are good choices to avoid that flaky-lips look when you put on lipstick. Hemp oil is definitely a must have since it’s the only plant-based oil with a perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6. What works for your lips is also ideal for your hands, so use a daily moisturizer that holds one of the ingredients mentioned above to keep them from cracking.
Never Forget Sunscreen
Winter, summer, spring or fall, sunscreen is an essential for all. To keep your face happy and healthy, you must wear sunscreen. Yes, even when the day is overcast. If you work outdoors, love to go for long winter walks or spend hours skiing down the slopes, apply sunscreen as often as prescribed to protect your skin and avoid early signs of aging. A sunburn on top having to fight off December’s cold wind and freezing temps is a big no-no.
A Few More Tips
The perfect winter beauty routine starts with making some changes as soon as the first snowflakes appear. Choose a mild and gentle soap for your body and skin and avoid long, hot showers and baths. Even though taking a warm bath after a playing out in the snow is an unbeatable feeling, try not to make it a daily habit. High temperature water breaks the skin’s protective barrier, and you don’t want that.
Did we mention exfoliate, moisturize and protect? Make it your mantra all winter long for healthy and luminous skin. With these three words and the right natural body care products, you can embrace winter and its freezing temperature without a problem!